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The Wide-Awake Princess

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by E. D. Baker
 

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Princess Annie is frustratingly (and luckily) resistant to magic. When her sister Gwen pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie stays awake. Now it's up to Annie to find a prince to kiss her sister and break the spell. But who is her sister's true love? And what about Annie's own happily-ever-after? Annie travels through a fairy tale land

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Princess Annie is frustratingly (and luckily) resistant to magic. When her sister Gwen pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie stays awake. Now it's up to Annie to find a prince to kiss her sister and break the spell. But who is her sister's true love? And what about Annie's own happily-ever-after? Annie travels through a fairy tale land filled with characters both familiar and new in this original adventure from the beloved author of The Tales of the Frog Princess.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—When Annie is born, fairy Moonbeam passes a magic wand over her and proclaims that magic will have no effect on her. (This could be a curse or a blessing.) A spell was cast on her older sister, Princess Gwendolyn, at birth and now, for fear that she will prick her finger, all spinning wheels have been banned from the land. On her 16th birthday, one is secretly delivered, and the inevitable happens. The entire castle falls asleep except for Annie. It is up to her to find Prince Charming to awaken the sleeping beauty. Along the way she meets Hansel and Gretel, dancing fairies, Rapunzel, and a lumpy mattress. Each one of these embedded fairy tales has an enjoyable twist. Eventually she finds all the available princes in the land and sends them to the castle for the big event. Annie is a down-to-earth character who eventually learns that there was a plot to take over the kingdom. Readers will like this wrinkle in the action as well as the surprise kiss that eventually wakes Princess Gwendolyn. Humorous at times, this fractured fairy tale will be enjoyed by readers who like adventure with a touch of romance.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A clever twist on a selection of fairy tales from "Sleeping Beauty" to "Rapunzel" shines a realistic light on these classics, questioning whether magic is always a good thing. Princess Annabelle's older sister, Gwendolyn, is given the magical gift of beauty while Annie has been made impervious to magic of all kinds, a gift that proves to be quite valuable in the end, though Annie can't help but feel like the plain little sister next to Gwennie's overwhelming beauty. When the classic "sleeping beauty" curse is cast on Gwennie, Annie, along with Liam, a footman and friend, sets out on a journey into the forest to find the prince that will save the day. Not only does the spirited Annie save her family, she winds up discovering herself along the way. Baker's characters are intriguing, easy to relate to and entirely three-dimensional. While the plot may seem hectic at times, in the end readers will find that each character and plot twist has a purpose. The author ably joins the practitioners of the contemporary fairy tale, suggesting that those fairy tales and their happily-ever-afters are not always better than reality. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599906584
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Series:
Wide-Awake Princess Series , #1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
106,313
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

E. D. Baker is the author of The Tales of the Frog Princess series, including The Frog Princess, which was in part the inspiration for the Disney movie, The Princess and the Frog. Baker is also the author of Wings: A Fairy Tale. She lives with her family and many pets in Maryland.

Visit www.edbakerbooks.com

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The Wide-Awake Princess 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 149 reviews.
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
Do you think you know what happened after Princess Gwendolyn (Sleeping Beauty) pricked her finger on the spinning wheel and fell into a magical sleep? According to Baker's new book, Disney got it wrong. It wasn't prince charming who saved Gwendolyn, it was her younger sister, Annie. Fearing a fate similar to Gwendolyn's, Annie's parents allow only one fairy to bestow a magical gift upon their daughter. This gift means that Annie will be impervious to all forms of magic for the rest of her life. Her gift also drains the magic from others around her. This has made Annie an outcast in her family's castle. Since both her mother and sister were given the gift of beauty, it begins fades in Annie's presence. Despite this, Annie is very kind to those around her. After everyone inside the castle has fallen asleep, she takes time to make sure that everyone is in a comfortable position before she heads off to find a way to break the spell. Annie was also fairly sensible. Instead of relying solely on Gwen's obnoxious boyfriend, Prince Digby, to break the spell, Annie invited numerous other princes back to the castle. There were a lot of other fairytale references in this book that I really enjoyed (Rapunzel, the Frog Prince). While I think that some younger readers may not recognize all of them, as an older reader I really appreciated these extra twists in the story. I also enjoyed the romance between Annie and Liam. Their feelings for each other seemed to be more genuine, because they weren't based around fairy gifts like beauty, and grace. Don't hesitate simply because it's a middle-grade book. The Wide-Awake Princess was a unique fairytale, with a strong, intelligent heroine.
Michelle Nelson More than 1 year ago
At princess gwendolyn's christening an evil fairy cast a spell on her to prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday. Everyone in the castle exept her younger sister Annie falls asleep when she does.Annie goes out with a royal guard to find gwendolyn's true love and get him to kiss gwendolyn and wake her and her family.This book is a mix of sleeping beauty , rapunzel, hansel and gretel, princess and the pea and the frog princess.I am 10 I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book I love this book! Its has some fantasy in It! Its mixed with a love story but at the b- egingging it has a tragity! ( no one dies) Great book! A must get for anyone want- ing a great book to read !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, not just because it is very well written, but because Annie, Gwendolyn's(Sleeping Beauty)little sister, sets out on an action filled adventure, to find her sisters true love, and, along the way, has found her own. As Annie and Liam travel together, they develop felling for each other. It is a good read, for you and your children. I read it for my seven year old, and she read it again, by herself. Its an entertaining, romantic/fairytale/comedy. I highly recommend all of E. D. Bakers books. They are very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved The Wide-Awake Princess the first time I read it, but now that Im reading it again its awesome!!! And so is the sequl Unlocking the Spell! Some of the best books I've ever read!! Next to the Inkheart Trilogy, mind you. ~InkHeartlover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with energy and kept me hooked until i was finised
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I luved the whole fantasy thing and fantasy is my favorite genere of books. I definitely reccomend it 2 everyone who luvs fantasy as much as i do!
Nicole Cornfeld More than 1 year ago
Its very creative and enjoyable!!:) its a twist of rapunzul and sleeping beaty!! GREAT BOOK
Abbigale Gonzales More than 1 year ago
You should really buy this book. Worth the money
Seaberg Family Account More than 1 year ago
This is a must-read. It is a WAY different version of sleeping beauty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome anyone who likes E.D Baker or fariy tales would love this book. I love this book. I would recomend this book for little kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you know about sleeping beauty? Well this is a book about her sister and what would happen if a spell was cast over the whole kingdome where everyone was sleeping except her what would she do? In regardless this is an amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This booknis a really good book because it really grabs the readers attention and doesn't make you abandoned it that quickly. Loved it couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truely a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the gratest thing i ever read, This is a great book for kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reckomend this book to kids that like sleeping buety
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lovedbit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it in a day. This book has the right mix of sleeping beaty, and other fairy tales. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes fairy tales. I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only on about page 100 or so, but it is very cute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thuis book is soooo goooood i want to read it over and over again i am sooooooo happpppppy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pinkfairytale More than 1 year ago
This is the most interesting fairytale I have ever read! It is completely mixed up with other fairytale characters from very well know stories and it makes reading it fun and funny. You always find a familiar and beloved character popping up in almost every chapter! This is one of the best remade fairytales I have ever read and it is appropriate for girls of all ages !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect