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Title:
Garden princess
Author:
Kladstrup, Kristin.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, [2013]

©2013
Physical Description:
261 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
When Princess Adela sets eyes on Lady Hortensia's garden, she knows something is amiss. Every single flower is in bloom, and in the middle of October! Not only that, there is a talking magpie flitting about the garden and stealing the guests' jewels. Is it possible that Hortensia is a witch and the magpie an enchanted prince? And what of the flowers themselves? Will Adela get to the root of the mystery and nip trouble in the bud before it's too late?
Language:
English
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 7.0 157681.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.4 11 Quiz: 60390.
ISBN:
9780763656850
Format :
Book

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Dig in to this middle-grade fantasy featuring a horticulturally minded princess, a beautiful but evil witch, and a magpie with a shameful secret.

Princess Adela is not a typical princess. She's neither particularly beautiful nor particularly graceful, and she'd rather spend her days digging new plots for her garden than listening to teatime gossip. But when her friend Garth is invited to a garden party hosted by Lady Hortensia -- whose beauty is said to be rivaled only by the loveliness of her gardens -- Adela can't resist coming along, even if it means stuffing herself into a too-tight dress and donning impractical shoes. But the moment Adela sets eyes on Hortensia's garden, she knows something is amiss. Every single flower is in bloom -- in the middle of October! Not only that, there is a talking magpie flitting about the garden and stealing the guests' jewels. Is it possible that Hortensia is a witch and the magpie an enchanted prince? And what of the flowers themselves? Will Adela get to the root of the mystery and nip trouble in the bud before it's too late?


Author Notes

Kristin Kladstrup is the author of the middle-grade novel The Book of Story Beginnings as well as the picture book The Gingerbread Pirates , illustrated by Matt Tavares. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Princess Adele, 17, has an affinity for flowers and gardens. So when the gardener's son Garth is invited to visit Lady Hortensia's famous, ever-blooming garden, Adele tags along. But the beautiful Hortensia is actually a witch who has been ensnaring her visitors for decades, transforming the girls into flowers and the young men into servants. She has even turned a thief, Edward, into a magpie, enslaved to do her bidding. Courageous Adele must use all her wits to outsmart Hortensia and free her victims. What could have been just another fairy tale hints at a rich backstory and sweeps the reader into a bewitching adventure. The book is neatly paced, particularly in the latter half, when the chapters alternate between Edward and Adele. A solid choice for reluctant readers, this clever tale has an open ending that paves the way for a sequel. Give this one to fans of Donna Jo Napoli.--Moore, Melissa Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-This character-driven tale (Candlewick, 2013) features the plucky Princess Adela, a cross between Nancy Drew and the Paper Bag Princess. Hortensia is a classically evil witch. Her minion, a former thief she turned into a magpie, can't remember his past life, but senses some unresolved sadness. Princess Adela becomes trapped in Hortensia's garden, but manages to remain undetected long enough to witness the magical explanation for why this garden is always in bloom regardless of the season or weather. Through trial and error, she figures out the mystery and manages to get the talking magpie to help her defeat the witch. Taking on the voices of Adela, a 17-year-old who acts more like a tomboy than royalty; her stepmother, the queen who never approves of her; and a thieving magpie, narrator Kate Reinders perfectly voices each character, building tension when necessary. Complete with a costume ball where the guests dress up as flowers and an assortment of potential suitors who show up in magpie garb, the story heads towards happily ever after. Though predictable, the conclusion will satisfy young princess enthusiasts.-Janet Thompson, Chicago Public Library, West Belmont Branch, IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.