Princess from Another Planet

Princess from Another Planet

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by Mindy Schanback

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Gracie Wright is a lot like any other 14-year-old girl-except that her mother insists that she is the deposed queen of the distant planet Pannadeau. Gracie lives a decidedly less-than-regal life, residing in a run-down trailer and working in her family's antique shop. Although her younger brother is enamored with the idea of being a prince, and her father humors his wife's eccentricities, Gracie finds her mother's behavior embarrassing and her claim of royalty complete lunacy. When the evil alien Maluxziads descend on the picturesque town of Beachswept intending to kidnap the Wright family, Gracie must have faith in her mother's teachings in order to thwart the diabolical plan. Although parts of the plot are somewhat confusing, fans of such lighthearted alien romps as Kathy Mackel's Can of Worms (Avon, 1999) and Stephanie Spinner and Terry Bisson's Be First in the Universe (Delacorte, 2000) will enjoy this playful adventure. However, the age of the protagonist is at odds with the rather frivolous and childish tone, making one question the intended audience. More discerning sci-fi aficionados may find the ending predictable and just a tad too tidy.-Debbie Lewis O'Donnell, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Unlike most teen girls who fantasize about being a princess, Gracie really is. Well, sort of. Her mother firmly believes she is Queen of the planet Pannadeau, having escaped to earth, making Gracie, Royal Miss of the Southern Seas and Premier Princess of Pannadeau. Add to that premise a rich girl cousin, horse-riding camp, cute stable boy, her ditsy dad who owns an antique shop, her five-year-old karate-chopping brother, suspicious limo driver, dead goats missing their brains and Maluxziad alien kidnappers. The result is an original blend of contemporary realism and alien fantasy that's funny, puzzling and appealing with spot-on descriptions of teen behavior. The wrap-up has some overly convenient details but not the big question of whether the alien life forms are real. As Gracie's mom says, "Reality is such a fluid concept." These ETs, trying to abduct Gracie's family, can also stand for "entertaining tale." (Fiction. 9-12)

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Holiday House, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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