Princess of Glass

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Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program. She travels abroad hoping to find better political alliances and perhaps a marriage. But thanks to a vengeful fairy, Poppy's happily ever after gets complicated. This companion to Princess of the Midnight Ball will delight readers with action and romance.

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Overview

Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program. She travels abroad hoping to find better political alliances and perhaps a marriage. But thanks to a vengeful fairy, Poppy's happily ever after gets complicated. This companion to Princess of the Midnight Ball will delight readers with action and romance.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Brenna Shanks
George delivers another satisfying fairytale retelling. In this Cinderella tale, Eleanora, a rich girl of noble birth, hates working as a maid, but has no other options since her father gambled away the family money and died. When a magical godmother offers her a way to regain her status, she eagerly accepts. Princess Poppy of Westfalin, who is visiting her Breton cousins, recognizes right away that all is not right with the new maid. When the young men of her acquaintance, including her new friend Prince Christian, fall in love with a mysterious girl at a ball—a girl who looks a lot like Eleanora—Poppy begins to suspect foul play. Still haunted by her own experiences with black magic (Princess of the Midnight Ball, Bloomsbury 2009/VOYA June 2009 ), Poppy wears protective charms which allow her to see through Eleanora's glamour. Unfortunately, this means that she is the only one who realizes something is wrong. Determined to solve this mystery before anyone, including Eleanora, gets hurt, Poppy must find a way to break the enchantment and discover the true identity of Eleanora's sinister godmother. Poppy is intrepid and forthright, refreshing qualities in a fairytale princess. Christian is an affable hero who is far from perfect—and sometimes quite helpless (also a refreshing change, for a fairytale prince). George continues to develop her alternate Europe, which gives the tales a touch of political intrigue as well. As with George's other retellings, be prepared for plenty of twists, including molten glass shoes. Reviewer: Brenna Shanks
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Princess Poppy and her eleven sisters finally broke the evil King Under Stone's curse with the help of her oldest sisters' husbands and no longer danced night after night until their shoes wore out and their toes bled. Poppy vowed never to dance again. But then her father sends her to stay with the Seadowns cousins in Breton, and learn how to be a proper princess with elegant manners. Unfortunately, she keeps being taken to balls and is expected to dance. Poppy does finally attend a ball and, though refusing to dance, has a fine time beating the men at cards—much to their dismay. Prince Christian of Danelaw is at the Breton court on a goodwill mission and is smitten with Poppy. A beautiful girl about Poppy's age is also living at the Seadowns, but she lives well below her station as an inept maid, calling herself Ellen, though her real name is Eleanora. Turns out her family was cursed by the Corley who keeps trying to replace her long dead goddaughter and now befriends Ellen, who is thrilled to have a way back into society as the bewitching Lady Ella. When Poppy and her cousins and Christian realize poor Ellen is being turned to glass by the evil Corley, they rush to her aid. With the help of magic potions and Poppy masquerading as Ellen/Eleanora/Ella, the courageous bunch outwit the Corley and reinstate Eleanora to her rightful position. This was a fun read with a nice fast pace and an engaging heroine. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—George continues with her novelization of fairy tales by placing Princess Poppy, one of three surviving sisters from Princess of the Midnight Ball (Bloomsbury, 2009) at the center of a Cinderella plot that includes a bewitchingly evil premise. The magic that forced all 12 princesses to dance incessantly is reversed, and Poppy is sent for a respite to Seadown House, where the last thing she wishes to do is attend parties to dance. It is there that she encounters a maid whose misfortune has landed her in her present state of servitude after losing her family, inheritance, and stature as the daughter of an Earl. Ellen is not the best maid—she's resentful, clumsy, awkward, inept, and quite useless, often causing accidents and irreparable damage. She misses her upper-class socializing, so when an important invitation to a ball arrives at Seadown, Ellen is determined to go with the aid of a nefarious godmother, "the Corley," who is also responsible for the wickedly construed misfortunes in Princess Poppy's family. George weaves in elements from the first novel in a somewhat convoluted and drawn-out narrative in which the evil magic is finally conquered through Poppy's knowledge and previous experience. This Cinderella story serves more as a subplot to the action surrounding the principal character and pales in comparison to Diane Stanley's Bella at Midnight (HarperCollins, 2006), Donna Jo Napoli's Bound (S & S, 2004), or Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997).—Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599904788
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Series: Twelve Dancing Princesses Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 601,450
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.92 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Day George

Jessica Day George is the author of Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, Dragon Slippers, and its sequel, Dragon Flight. She had been a movie store clerk, librarian, bookseller, and school office lady before she got her big break. Jessica lives with her husband, their young son, and a five-pound Maltese named Pippin in a house that needs to be vacuumed much too often.
www.JessicaDayGeorge.com

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Poppy from PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL returns and, along with her unmarried sisters, is currently helping her father regain political alliances by participating in a royal exchange. Now she's living with her cousins, Lord and Lady Seadown, and their daughter, Marianne.

    She turns down invitations to balls because she refuses to dance after surviving the curse from her mother. Society soon frowns upon her absence, thus forcing Poppy to attend the balls. Instead of dancing, she joins the gentlemen and plays cards. She and Marianne become friends with the young royal prince staying with the King.

    When Prince Christian notices how different Poppy is from other girls, he's intrigued and happy to spend time with her. Some assume a marriage isn't far behind, but before anything transpires, a young, mysterious, beautiful woman enters the picture.

    Before long, all the men are falling in love with her and making absolute fools of themselves, while the women detest her. Poppy notices that something's not right. Could the magical protection she's wearing stop her from seeing an enchantment?

    Seeing clearly, she recognizes the mystery girl as a previously wealthy young lady fallen on hard times. Instead of dancing and enjoying frivolity, Ellen's now forced to become a maid. Can Poppy stop Ellen from making a terrible bargain with a creature who will demand something horrible in return?

    Just when Poppy thought she'd finished with evil, she must battle the Corley to save the lives of those she loves dearly.

    One can only hope that Jessica Day George will continue to write more about these charming sisters and their battles with magical, evil creatures. The friendship, sense of self, evil beings, drama, and romance make PRINCESS OF GLASS a must-read for lovers of fairytales and fantasy stories.

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2011

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    I loved this book as much as the first one. Princess Poppy changed a lot but was still the same Poppy like in the first book. I really wish Jessica Day George would write about the rest of the Princess' and who they ended up with. It was a great book and you would love it if you loved the first book you will love this one too!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

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    WOW!

    Great follow up book to Princess of the Midnight Ball! I loved Poppy since I read the first book! This book makes me love her even more! I loved the whole Cinderella spin, and I would love to read more about these 12 Princesses! Jessica Day George should write more books about them! She should write about each one as they get older and have them all fall in love and put a fairy tale twist on all of them... You know, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Princess and the Frog, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin... (All these idea's are based on Disney Movies... Sorry, but I was a 1992 baby, so I grew up with them! They're the only fairy tale version's I know...) But she should write more about them!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Surprising

    This was a very surprisingly good book! It wasn't just about Poppy, but also had a backstory of another girl in it that resembled Cinderella. At first I thought it was going to be really cliche, but the book really surprised me. It has some very original imagery and was so entertaining. If you liked Princess of Midnight Ball, then you will definitely like Princess of Glass. However, if you did not read Midnight Ball, you are still good to go in reading this, since this book has several places where it summarizes details of Midnight Ball as it relates to this story. Great Book! Read it!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

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    I really, really, REALLY liked this book. Jessica Day George is

    I really, really, REALLY liked this book. Jessica Day George is on the fast track to becoming one of my absolute favorite authors!

    This is a retelling of Cinderella, but it may be the most original retelling I've ever read! (Though, I am planning on reading Cinder soon, so that could change.) I've never read a Cinderella tale that made me want to punch Cinderella in the face. I ended up liking Ellen, the Cindy of this story, a lot better near the end, but at the beginning I absolutely hated her.

    Poppy was an even better main character than Rose, the main character in Princess of the Midnight Ball. She was funny, spirited, and brave. I didn't really like Christian as much as Galen, but he was a nice character as well. I would love if Poppy was in more books as a main character.

    I was rushing through this; not because I wanted to get it over with, but because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next! There is just one thing that I was still wondering at the end of the book; are Poppy's dreams just dreams? Or are they the making of the next sequel, which I know there is, but have no idea what it's about?

    Ooh, and I have to say one thing about the Corley. Her character is like the fantasy version of an unsub on Criminal Minds! Really, her backstory and her actions were like sorceress meets psycho on a crime show. I loved it!

    So, I really liked this book. It was just as good as the first, if not better!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Amazing

    I apsolutly love this book!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Not entirely expected...

    I will confess to not liking the Cinderella fairy tale so I bought the book on the strength of my love of the author's other work and not on the subject matter.
    I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only did she take the story in a direction I wasn't expecting but she made it interesting and kept the roots of the story more Grimm than Disney.
    Again, Jessica Day George's weakness was the main male character who was mostly forgettable to me, but the interaction of the main characters with her friends and with the maid more than made up for it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Best book ever!

    I love this book. It is a must read. :) :D

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Great book

    Must get it rox

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    The Princess of glass

    It is the best book if you enjoy fantasy and fairy tales.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    I love this book!!!

    This book is really one of my fav books!!!! It is a great sequel to princess of the midnight ball!!!!*-*

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Pages??

    I am a fast reader, so I want to know how many pgs are in the book. I love the Princess of the Midnight Ball, so lets see which one is more entertaining. Will you just tell me how many pgs. are in the book. Thx

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    One of the best books I've read :D

    This book was AWESOME!!!!!!! I loved this book as well as the Princess of The Midnight Ball, and Princess of The Silver Woods. I love the whole series :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Absolutely incredible! It was such a beautiful story about Poppy

    Absolutely incredible! It was such a beautiful story about Poppy, one of the 12 princesses from Princess of the Midnight Ball, and as much as I love and miss Rose and Galen (though they were included in a few small parts of the story) this sequel was SO beautifully written and had my full attention throughout the whole book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Amazing!!!:)

    I love the book "Princess of the midnight Ball" and this is like a second book to it!!! It has a awesome story of love and magic I LOVE it soooooooo much!!!!!!!<3:) -Sally Koebel. (P,S please read "Princess of the midnight Ball" first (if you have not already) then read this book!!!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Most awesomest book ever!!!!!!!

    Fantasy book report here i come

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Totally loved it!

    Wonderful twist on a classic...i hope she manages a novel for a few other sisters...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    So far...

    I got this book from my library and am reading it with my neice. We are loving it and know that we will enjoy the book very much.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    LOVE IT!!!!!!

    Favorite book in the series!!! I love Poppy!!! Thanks Jessica Day George!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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