The Wide-Awake Princess [NOOK Book]

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In this stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie-blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic-can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.



But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding...

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The Wide-Awake Princess

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Overview

In this stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie-blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic-can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.



But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599907574
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Series: Wide-Awake Princess Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 58,551
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.93 (d)
  • File size: 4 MB

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 a new Disney movie which will be released this fall (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.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

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    Fun Fairytale Story!

    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.

    40 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Great!

    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.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Marie

    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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Love it!

    You should really buy this book. Worth the money

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    I luved this book!!

    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!

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2011

    I LOVE E. D. Baker's books- but this is the best of all.

    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    This is books are awesome!!!!!!!

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Unidentified

    That was a very good book. All of the princess storoes fit really well with the plot. The best medly of stories ever!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    The wide awake princess

    Thuis book is soooo goooood i want to read it over and over again i am sooooooo happpppppy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Tmpbug

    Awesome book!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    The wid awake princess

    AWSOME BOOK

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Awsome Book!

    Its very creative and enjoyable!!:) its a twist of rapunzul and sleeping beaty!! GREAT BOOK

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Sequel

    Isnt there a sequel to this book? I thoght I added it to my wichlist but its not there so I think there is a sequel but Im not sure.........

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Love it

    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

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Great book

    This book is filled with energy and kept me hooked until i was finised

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    It was great!

    I love romances and fairy tales and tgis book was great!

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    As far as I,ve heard it's going to be a good book!

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Good Book

    This is a must-read. It is a WAY different version of sleeping beauty.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    I love it

    Great book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Best princess book ever!!!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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