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The Princess and the Page
     

The Princess and the Page

by Christina Farley
 

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A mystical adventure about a pulls-no-punches princess and the power of her magical pen.

A dark secret lurks in Keira's family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers, who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But for generations Word Weavers have been hunted for their power. That's why Keira is forbidden to write. When

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A mystical adventure about a pulls-no-punches princess and the power of her magical pen.

A dark secret lurks in Keira's family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers, who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But for generations Word Weavers have been hunted for their power. That's why Keira is forbidden to write. When Keira discovers her grandma's Word Weaver pen, and writes a story for the Girls' World fairy-tale contest, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after. Inspired by the life and times of Gabrielle d'Estrées, a real French princess who lived during the 1500s, The Princess and the Page follows the mystical journey of a modern-day "royal" who goes from having a pen in her hand to wishing for the world at her fingertips.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
02/01/2017
Gr 4–6—A lackluster novel of magic, history, and the power of a well-written tale. Keira is frustrated with her family and their strange rules. Her mother does not allow pens or stories in their house. With the help of a friend, Keira secretly enters a writing contest. It turns out that she holds the power to write stories that come to life. When winning the competition takes her to an amazing castle in France, Keira goes on an adventure of a lifetime with her grandmother's magical pen. Readers may not be all that enchanted, as each character is a tired archetype seen in many middle grade fantasies. The plot is uninteresting and reinforces stereotypical portrayals of French culture. The pacing is muddled by a myriad of escapades and minutia about the rules of the magical world Keira inhabits. VERDICT A disappointingly unoriginal offering. Middle grade readers who like action, adventure, and stories coming to life should instead seek out Cornelia Funke's "Inkheart" series, Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted, Christopher Healy's The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, Brandon Mull's "Fablehaven" books, or Suzanne Collins's Gregor the Overlander.—Jessica Bratt, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
2016-12-06
A magical pen leads 12-year-old white Keira Harding on a dark fairy-tale adventure. During a robbery at her home, Keira runs to her parents' bedroom to find a phone and call for help. Instead, she finds a glowing antique pen and, in desperation, writes a list of what to do. To her amazement, everything on the list appears to come true. Keira keeps the pen (hiding her possession of it from her parents) and uses it to write a fairy tale for a story contest—in direct contravention of her mother's seemingly unreasonable command that she not write any stories ever. When her story wins the contest and Keira, her mother, and Bella, Keira's brown-skinned, black-haired best friend, go to France to stay for a week in the Château de Chenonceau as the prize, the girls are thrilled—at first. At the castle, strange events transpire, and Keira cannot help but notice that they have an eerie resemblance to the fairy tale she wrote. Keira's first-person, present-tense narration, with a close eye to detail, oscillates between mature observations and lighthearted girl-stuff. It works. The story's overarching theme of the power of words is timely and poignant—but the book's cover art imparts a clichéd Disney-esque look that may turn off more serious readers. A smart, peppery, action-packed plot teams up with playful, astute characters. (Fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545924092
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2017
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
265,880
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of the bestselling Gilded series. Prior to that, she worked as an international teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie dust before the sun rose. When not traveling the world or creating imaginary ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida with her husband and two sons where they are busy preparing for the next World Cup, baking cheesecakes, and raising a pet dragon that's in disguise as a cockatiel. You can visit her online at ChristinaFarley.com.

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