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Princess of the Midnight Ball

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Rose is one of twelve princesses forced to dance through the night in an underground palace. The key to breaking the spell lies in magic knitting needles, an invisibility cloak, and—of course—true love. Inspired by "The Twelve Dancing Princesses,"this novel is as captivating as it is fresh. Enchanted readers are sure to clamor for the new companion, Princess of Glass, also publishing this season.

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Overview

Rose is one of twelve princesses forced to dance through the night in an underground palace. The key to breaking the spell lies in magic knitting needles, an invisibility cloak, and—of course—true love. Inspired by "The Twelve Dancing Princesses,"this novel is as captivating as it is fresh. Enchanted readers are sure to clamor for the new companion, Princess of Glass, also publishing this season.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-9

After the end of a long war, a young soldier travels to the capital to find his only remaining relatives and a job. Galen obtains work as a palace gardener, where he meets the king's oldest daughter and soon learns of the mystery surrounding Rose and her 11 younger sisters: in spite of being watched every night, they somehow wear out pair after pair of dancing slippers. Readers soon learn that the siblings are paying off their mother's debt to the evil King Under Stone by dancing every night with his sons. Several princes have failed to unravel the mystery. Can Galen, driven by his love for Rose, discover the truth and save the princesses? While readers may be familiar with the fairy tale that's the basis for this story, George creates suspense by showing the princesses' suffering and Galen's determination to help his beloved. He is a sympathetic hero, and his feelings about war and talent for knitting help bring him to life. Rose and her florally named sisters are distinguished by character traits and move beyond stock figures as well. Fans of fairy-tale retellings like Robin McKinley's Beauty (1978) or Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (1979, both HarperCollins) will enjoy this story for its magic, humor, and touch of romance.-Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WI

Kirkus Reviews
As she did so deliciously with 2008's Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, George takes another fairy tale, "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," and turns it into a rich and engaging novel. Princess Rose and her 11 sisters must dance each night for the King Under Stone, even when they grow exhausted and ill. They cannot explain their enchantment, cast when their dead mother bargained for both their births and peace for the kingdom of Westfalin. Galen, a young orphaned soldier home from the war against Analousia, has homely skills, including an easy hand at knitting. Watching after Rose from his position as castle gardener, he finds reason to use the strange gifts (a cloak of invisibility and some remarkable yarn) given him by a crone to whom he was kind. Galen, Rose and her sisters are engaging company throughout; near the end the story spirals up in intensity, touching on witchcraft and evil clerics along the way before a satisfyingly exciting conclusion. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
Kathryn Fry
This story is a retelling of the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses, in which 12 princesses of Westfalin attend lavish parties and dances at their Father's palace. However, they are forced to attend another celebration every night deep underground at King Under Stone's palace. It was their mother's deal with an evil magical King that cursed them with their dancing fate. The head gardener's nephew sets out to find the reasons behind the princesses' worn out dancing shoes, though many princes have lost their lives in the attempt. This is a knight-in-shining-armor tale with a twist. It is bravery of under-gardener Galen Werner that saves the day, and ultimately, the princesses. Galen's invisibility cloak and instincts are part of an exciting journey to free the 12 princesses from King Under Stone's control. Reviewer: Kathryn Fry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599904559
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Series: Twelve Dancing Princesses Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 49,553
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.89 (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. Originally from Idaho, she studied at Brigham Young University and lived in Delaware and New Jersey before settling down in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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

www.dragonslippers.net

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Very Good!!

    I found this book to be very entertaining. Each character is developed in a short space of time, but with out sacrificing depth. Even with so many characters to keep track of, each has a distinct and unique personality that add color and vividness to the plot. The plot is also well developed, the characters are supremely likable (or loathsome depending), and there are plenty of surprises to keep things interesting. All around two thumbs up!!!

    21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    A Fun Anytime Read

    If you're looking for a good, get-yourself-lost-in-it book, you've found it. The story is well developed with amazing characters and a plot that's creative. Based on a fairy tale, Rose and her eleven sisters are doomed to dance for the dreaded King Understone. All hope seems lost--until Galen, the soldier-turned-gardner shows up. Jessica Day George mixes romance, imagination, and magic (both in the literal and figerative meaning of the word) in this book that now has a permanent space on my shelf.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    A Yearning to Read Review

    There's something going on in the royal Westfalian family, and no one can figure out what it is. The twelve princesses of all different ages haven't been to a ball in years - and yet every morning the maids wake from a deep sleep to find that the girls' dancing slippers have been worn through. And while the king puts up with this for a very long time, he soon comes to the end of his rope and says his throne (when he dies) and one of his daughters belongs to the man who can solve this mystery.
    Galen, a former soldier working with his uncle as one of the king's undergardners, watches the progress as nine princes come and go with no luck in solving the mystery. Having met the princesses, Galen is concerned for their safety and decides to play his own hand, hoping that a few unexpected gifts and talents may help him along the way.

    The Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been a favorite story of mine, ever since I read the Disney version in the Disney Fairytale Book. For a few years now I've been wanting to find a book that holds the same wonderful story I read all that time ago, but revised and for an older audience. After a little research I came across an author by the name of Jessica Day George, who had written exactly what I was looking for. I had never heard of George, but was willing to give this book a try for the sake of my love for the story.

    I'm SOOOO glad I read this book! It was well told and easy to follow, but with some great twists that are George's original addition to the story - her signature print. The princesses are easy to like, as is Galen, the wonderful hero of this story.

    Since this book I've read George's Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (post coming soon!) and am currently reading her newest novel, Princess of Glass. I can officially say that I love this author. And while she's not the next J. K. Rowling, her stories deliver, they're fun, they're adventurous, and they're clean, which I've found can be a big problem in modern literature. All those things, and more, make George's works so enjoyable that you'll want to come back for more.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    Absolutely Superb

    I must say that Princess of the Midnight Ball is one of the best retellings of the Twelve Dancing Princesses I have ever read. It was definitely a joy to read, because I have read so many unoriginal fairy-tale retelling recently. I loved the unique quality that Jessica Day George gave to this story. The characters were believable and I must say that I wish more men would knit like Galen! I wish that the story would never have ended. The only problem was the ending was a wee bit too overly happy ending, but overall the book was so splendid to read that I did not mind a bit. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fairy-tale retelling.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Beautiful

    This is one of my favorite books. Galen is to DIE for! It has evrything a good fairy tale needs. Action, romance (clean), mystery, and happily ever after. This is a great book for ANY age group. Please read this book and check out the sequel Princess of Glass. You won't regret it!!!!!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

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    Amazing!!! Jessica Day George writes the best fantay/romance bo

    Amazing!!!

    Jessica Day George writes the best fantay/romance books.
    The book was very charming, with romance, magic, and humor.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Excellent!

    Definitely not just for YA. George reminds me a lot of Robin McKinley. I loved the characters, especially Galen, and I'm already reading the next story in this series. Truly wonderful!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    OMG!!!!!!

    This is the first book by Jessica that I have read and it is amazing! All the characters are so funny! I have Dragon Slippers, it's two sequels, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, and really want to read the other books connected to this one. Read this book and you won't regret it!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

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    Awesome book!!!

    This book was way better than I expected it to be, and I expected it to be pretty good! Jessica Day George is a great author, and this book is proof.<BR/>I defineitely recommend it!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Captivating

    I do not know what I was expecting but I could not put it down!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Princess of the Midnight Ball

    I absolutely adored this book. I finished it in 2 days, I couldn't put it down!! Rose is my favorite sister, with Lily and Pansy at a close second.
    Galen is super gallant and charming, and the perfect prince.
    This is a great retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses that you won't want to miss!!
    Five stars!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Love it!

    I love these books! I can't wait for the other ones to come out, if they ever do!! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Good book

    Loved the book. What a great adaptation of the fairt tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Loved it!!!!

    This is such an amazing book. I also love how its not just romance but it has a little action and suspense i guess you can sy. Any one who likes a fairy tale would definately like this book. I also LOVED the ending. :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Excellent purchase

    I purchased this book, along with Princess of the Silver Woods and Princess of Glass, for my granddaughter. She has said that she is loving them and is extremely happy with the gift. I think they are a good read for the age group.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Ugh

    Just to get peoples attention;is this the first book? Or the second? Me confused!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Hmm

    This is the first time i've read this author, and i can say i wasn't impressed. The story and plot were great, as were the people. This book would be much better in a series and not in one book. It was very much rushed. I would've loved to read more about the underworld. And read more about the love between rose and galen. There is not much romance but there is action. And the author did a good job of putting it all together. So if you were like and loved the cover all i can say is dont fall for it unless you really want it. I mean it was so short it was 200 pages on my nook. I would give it 21/2

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Best one yet

    Best retelling of The 12 Princesses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    I love this book!

    This is one of my favorite books because i like the author using the twelve dancing princesses and flower names. I also like that the author used princesses.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Good book

    I absalootly love this book my grandma and i red the seareas and we loved them.

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