Unlocking the Spell: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess

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Now that Annie has helped her sister Gwendolyn (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) wake up from the 100-year curse by finding her beloved prince, you would think that things would get back to normal. Think again! That beloved prince, Beldegard, is stuck in the body of a bear and the only way that Annie can be free of the two irritating lovebirds is to help—by finding the evil dwarf who cast the spell. Luckily, Annie has assistance from handsome prince Liam, and she has many tricks up her ...

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Overview

Now that Annie has helped her sister Gwendolyn (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) wake up from the 100-year curse by finding her beloved prince, you would think that things would get back to normal. Think again! That beloved prince, Beldegard, is stuck in the body of a bear and the only way that Annie can be free of the two irritating lovebirds is to help—by finding the evil dwarf who cast the spell. Luckily, Annie has assistance from handsome prince Liam, and she has many tricks up her non-magical sleeve . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
This sequel to The Wide Awake Princess (Bloomsbury, 2010) takes place just one week after Gwendolyn (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) has been awakened by a prince's kiss. Unfortunately, the Prince has been changed into a bear by an evil spell-casting dwarf. The king has instructed Annabelle (Gwennie's sister) and the handsome Prince Liam to accompany Belegard, the prince- turned-bear to search for the dwarf and break the enchantment. Annie has the ability to fend off magic, so she will protect her companions from any harm. Not to be left behind, Gwennie sneaks off to join in the quest, much to her sister's annoyance. The journey takes them through neighboring kingdoms, where they interact with many familiar fairy tale characters. As they wander in search of the Dark Forest, they are led to Snow White and the cottage of the seven dwarfs; while Annie has been using tricks of her own to thwart evil along the way, she saves her strongest skills to protect Snow White from her conniving stepmother. In return, Snow White reveals that there is an eighth dwarf and he is the one that Annie, Liam, and Belegard have been seeking. A dramatic showdown ensues and once again good triumphs over evil. There are a few glimmers of suspense and drama in what is otherwise a plodding tale. There is not enough action to call it a true adventure and the characters are one-dimensional. Annie does show some spunk but opportunity is missed to develop the relationship between the antagonistic sisters. Readers will enjoy coming upon Mother Hubbard, The Breman Town Musicians, Snow White and Rose Red, the Three Bears, and others along the way. There is enough comic interaction and the hint of budding romance to keep readers engaged. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Only a week has passed since Annie found the prince to break the curse affecting her sister, Gwendolyn (aka Sleeping Beauty,) in The Wide-Awake Princess (Bloomsbury, 2010). Unfortunately, said prince is himself enchanted and remains stuck in the form of a bear, and Gwennie desperately wants her sister's help changing her true love back to a human. Annie agrees, setting off with the bear prince and Liam, her princely companion from her first quest, to find the dwarf who cast the curse. Gwendolyn sneaks away and joins them, much to Annie's annoyance, and the four travel through the neighboring kingdoms in pursuit of the errant dwarf. As with the first title, readers will enjoy spotting the familiar fairy-tale characters Annie and company meet along the way. More self-assured after her success in breaking her sister's curse, she continues to be a take-charge princess who uses her wits and magic-neutralizing abilities to solve problems. Her character and the way various fairy tales are woven into the narrative are the strengths of the novel, though it's not without its flaws. There are missed opportunities to develop the relationship between Annie and Gwendolyn, and Annie and Liam's romance fizzles disappointingly. However, this will likely satisfy fans of the first book and appeal to readers who enjoy lighthearted retellings of fairy tales.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Annie has been home less than a week after finding a prince to wake up sister Gwennie, aka Sleeping Beauty (The Wide-Awake Princess, 2010), when her father demands she undertake another quest: seek the dwarf who turned Gwennie's beloved Prince Beldegard into a bear and convince him to undo the spell. Annie's conflicted response--gratitude that her newly awakened family no longer shuns her for her gift for repelling magic; resentment that they are so quick to send her away--is quickly sketched, especially in relation to Gwennie. Annie agrees to go after stipulating that Gwennie wait at home while she and her sweetheart Liam, led by Beldegard, make the trip. Surprisingly, Gwennie runs away from the castle to join their journey across many lands and through several fairy tales. As before, readers will delight in the twists the author makes to the familiar tales, seamlessly weaving them into the plot, from "Snow White and Rose Red" to "The Three Little Pigs" and more, but despite the often-comical interactions, there is not much action. The hunt eventually leads the foursome to Snow White's home with the dwarves (who knew an eighth dwarf had gone bad?). Nor does the stream of sometimes-petulant bickering provide insight into the characters, leaving the sisters' relationship unplumbed and making the romantic resolutions feel shallow. The hint of a future romance between Snow White and Maitland, Beldegard's formerly fratricidal brother, is particularly disturbing. Recommend only to those set on an undemanding jaunt through retold fairy tales. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599908410
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Wide-Awake Princess Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 258,624
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

E. D. BAKER is the author of The Wide Awake Princess, Fairy Lies, Fairy Wings, and the (eight) Tales of the Frog Princess including The Frog Princess, which was the inspiration for Disney's hit movie "The Princess and the Frog." She lives with her family and their horses in rural Maryland. www.edbakerbooks.com www.talesofedbaker.com

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    I've loved everything I've read by E.D. Baker and this book was

    I've loved everything I've read by E.D. Baker and this book was no exception. With plenty of humor and heart, I eagerly followed Annie on her quest to find help for her sister's betrothed. I love the idea of a character upon whom magic has no effect, it creates unique and often humorous situations for both Annie and those around her both good and bad. The writing flows smoothly and allows the reader to focus on the story rather than the words (always a good sign in my opinion). I enjoyed reading about the different fairy tale characters in roles both old and new. For example, Old Mother Hubbard as a peacemaker, evil dwarves, Snow White, along with lots of fairies make the book a delight to read. There is a nice touch of romance, just enough to satisfy middle grade girls. A fun light read, perfect for middle grade girls.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Awesome!!!

    I loved The Wide-Awake Princess!!! It was such a good book! I just bought this book Unlocking the Spell and Im totally hooked!!!

    ~ InkHeartLover

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Awesome book! I knew Annie and Liam were perfect for each other!

    Awesome book! I knew Annie and Liam were perfect for each other!! As Annie, Liam, Gwendolyn, and Beldegard go on a quest to find the evil dwarf that cast a spell to turn Beldegard into a bear. They encounter a nice Mother Hubbard, a Cinderella story gone wrong, and much more! Please read , you won't be sorry!!!!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    I LOVE ED Baker!

    I have read all her books and hate when their series are over so I was glad that The Wide Awake Princess has a sequel.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Great book love this author

    It is really good so far need to buy it though. If u liked the wide awake princess u will love this book. They soooo need to make a movie. E.d baker is an awesome author u will love his work. I truely recommend this author.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Awesome

    Ok i bought w.a.p and LOVED it i bought u.t.s and loving it

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    A worthy follow-up from The Wide-Awake Princess - but not quite as fun

    I very much enjoyed "The Wide-Awake Princess" and had fun traipsing about the fairy-tale kingdoms with Princess Annie. In the sequel, Annie continues her travels, this time searching for the cure to the curse that keeps her sister's husband trapped in the shape of a bear. However, it felt like this journey was more contrived - the characters dashed about willy-nilly, encountering all the other fairy-tale folks you could hope for. Ostensibly following the trail of an evil dwarf, instead I kept hoping that they would just go home. In summary, it was diverting and light-hearted and I enjoyed reading it. But the first book was better.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Lmllolo

    Omg, annabelle and liam make such a cute couple!

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    :)

    Have not read it yet but i bet since the wide awake princess was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good that I'm hoping it is good too.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    this book is awesome, however, E.D Baker must make a book three

    this book is awesome, however, E.D Baker must make a book three and many more!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Maybe

    I have only read the sample but I think it looks good. However I don't like it whan some people say bad things on reviews because if you would not say that infront of a adult you should not say/write it at all. I think that is inportent because you can always say you did not like it in a nice way like it was not my favorite book or something like that

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Loved the Wide Awake Princess!

    I Know this is going to b awesome!!!!!

    -Edme the one eyed wolf

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Unlocking the Spell

    This book cleverly illistrated several fairytales and fit it into one delicious book. It was charming, clever, and witty. I simply couldn't put it down! This is a must read and you will be very happy if you do. Baker makes you feel as if you are inside the story! You have to read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Myra

    This is the best book ever but if you have not read the wide awake princess yet it might not make sense!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Best book

    Best book ever i got it at the book fair and i was hooked

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Princess

    I love this series so i love e.d. baker it'll catch any fairytales high

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Awesome

    This is the best book ever.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Question

    Is this the second book? I am confused

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    I love how it seems to tie in all of the Grimm Brother's stories

    I love how it seems to tie in all of the Grimm Brother's stories even those that are less known to others for example "Snow White and Red Rose". Not only that but it also tells of a tale by its self.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Wonderful!!!

    It was even better than the first!!!!!!!!!!!It has more excitement & danger!!!!!!Ecspeially at the end when the most unespected thing happens but u have to read it to find out!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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