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Secret Kingdom #1: Enchanted Palace [NOOK Book]


Enter a magical world full of friendship and fun!

Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine are the very best of friends. Then one day, they find a magical box that whisks them away to the Secret Kingdom, a world full of every wonderfully magical thing under the sun.

But an evil queen wants to ruin the Secret Kingdom ...
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Secret Kingdom #1: Enchanted Palace

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Enter a magical world full of friendship and fun!

Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine are the very best of friends. Then one day, they find a magical box that whisks them away to the Secret Kingdom, a world full of every wonderfully magical thing under the sun.

But an evil queen wants to ruin the Secret Kingdom so she can rule it for all time. Can the friends help Trixi the pixie save King Merry's 1000th birthday party from Queen Malice's spiky thunderbolt before it's too late?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lorrie-Ann Melnick
When Ellie discovers a box while cleaning up after a school rummage sale, her two friends, Summer and Jasmine are there by her side. While cleaning the box, they discover it’s magic. It transports them to a secret kingdom, a place filled with unicorns and mermaids, where they meet a pixie named Trixi and a king named King Merry. The king’s sister, Evil Queen Malice, who rides in on a thundercloud, is jealous and wants revenge. She has hidden six cursed thunderbolts to ruin kingdom’s special magic. The girls work together to solve riddles and find the first thunderbolt to save King Merry’s 100th birthday party. It’s illustrated with whimsical black and white drawings that contribute to the magical tone of the book. There is a character profile that shares Ellie’s favorite colors, activities, and favorite place in the kingdom. There is also a character quiz, so the reader can determine with whom she most closely identifies. Fun engaging book with strong female characters! Reviewer: Lorrie-Ann Melnick; Ages 7 to 10.
Kirkus Reviews
A trio of friends travel to a magical kingdom to save the day in a syrupy series opener. Shy Summer, bold Jasmine and artistic Ellie are inseparable best friends. While helping clean up after a school rummage sale, they discover a mysterious wooden box decorated with a mirror, carved designs and glass stones. After they wipe the dust off of the mirror, a riddle appears. When the girls solve it, the box magically summons Trixi the pixie and King Merry, the ruler of their home, the Secret Kingdom (a magical world that exists alongside ours). The box was one of Merry's inventions, designed to help him save his kingdom from his wicked sister, Queen Malice. Summer, Jasmine and Ellie go to the Secret Kingdom to stop Malice from spreading unhappiness. The evil queen has hidden six thunderbolts infused with wickedness throughout the kingdom, and the first one is planted somewhere at the palace, where it will ruin Merry's birthday celebration. In addition to exploring the magical land, the girls must rescue Merry's presents. In a theatrical final showdown with Malice's forces, the girls must fill in on stage to thwart Malice's evil plot to sabotage Merry's birthday. The girls promise to return whenever they're needed. Readers who can't wait to return to the Secret Kingdom won't have to—the second book, Unicorn Valley (978-0-545-53554-0), is scheduled to publish simultaneously. Glitter, sparkles, tiaras and magic ahoy. (Unicorn Valley preview, Ellie character profile, character quiz) (Fantasy. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545536257
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Series: Secret Kingdom , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 233,963
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Rosie Banks spent her childhood dreaming of magical creatures and faraway places, so it was natural that she grew up to write a series of stories where such dreams came true! As a child, her ultimate ambition was to ride a unicorn. She hasn't managed that yet, but she does have a pony named Flip and cute puppies named Moony and Max.
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