“This nameless princess is a fabulously different kind of hero. I rooted for her triumph with every page turn." —Deborah Halverson, award-winning author, editor
A Story About the Magic of Speaking Up: Gail Carson Levine’s classic Ella Enchanted meets The King’s Speech.
It's her 14th try at getting a name, and the nameless princess of Cochem can't get a word in edgewise.
Until she finally grabs her royal parents' attention. *cough* (500 goldfish, long story.)
Christening invitations flutter off to the Seven Kingdoms—only ten years late.
But then the Blackfly Queen strides into the feasting hall . . . just as the oh-so-tasty parsnip fries run out.
Arrows fly. Tempers flare.
Another christening goes up in smoke!
Only this time, her fairy godmother makes everything worse. The princess has 15 days to make a name for herself at the Speech Tournament.
Or she'll be invisible for life!
TROUBLE WITH PARSNIPS is the first book in the Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale series for ages 9 to 12. Perfect for fans of Jean Ferris' Once Upon a Marigold, Jacqueline Davies' The Lemonade Wars, and E.G. Foley's The Gryphon Chronicles.
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Table of Contents
- A Delayed Party 1
- Too Late for Parsnips 13
- The Fairy Godmother Takes Her Time 26
- Out of the Dishwater and Into the Storm 39
- A Rocky Situation 51
- A Princely Rescue 61
- Charming Complications 72
- Speaking Clearly with Tact Is an Art 82
- The Rook Egg 95
- Brooding in the Dungeon 109
- The Peppermint Tea House 124
- Early for a Change 137
- Dungeon Hospitality 147
- The Second-Best Croquet Mallets 157
- Speech or Die 165
- The Queen's Wager 176
- The Entry Basket 192
- A Library Crisis 201
- The InterKingdom Tournament 215
- The Pepper Pot Duel 224
- Making a Name 234
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved the inventive but nameless princess from the start, and as the plot unfolded in a series of wacky, magical events, I fell in love with the entire Cochem Kingdom--where the Dungeon Master is of course hospitable, the palace librarian wise and helpful, and the parsnip fries always hot and delicious! So many funny and lovely elements to this book! Truly one of the most original fairy tales I've read in a long, long time. And (spoiler alert) with a MOST satisfying ending.