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Gr 7-9- Andrea, the youngest of four princesses in the kingdom of Montemaior, is forced to give up her dream of being a knight and become a lady. In a stolen conversation outside a formal ball, she receives confirmation of a hidden door to another world. Wearing a strange gift from her Tío Ramiro, a jacket with the mysterious words "University of California" written across the chest, Andrea runs away from her family's castle, stumbles into a cave at high tide, finds herself on Earth, and learns that Tío Ramiro and her mother came to Montemaior through the hidden door when they were teens. Tío returned to California, but her mother was wooed away by her father to become queen. Andrea soon attends classes at UC Davis and craves to keep this life beyond the walls of her father's kingdom. Caught in a rainstorm near a cave, Andrea and her friend John accidentally return to Montemaior. His presence in the kingdom is a threat, until he falls in love with Andre's sister, which encourages Rosa to break her engagement to the heir of a rival kingdom. Ros's abandoned suitor then declares war on Montemaior. In her first novel, Ferreiro-Esteban shows potential and presents an interesting take on old world vs. new world, but the romantic plot between Rosa and John means that Andre's story feels neglected. Those looking for a more finessed story about a young woman trying to succeed in a man's world might turn to Tamora Pierce, but Two Moon Princess is worth a second look.-Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CACopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.