Princess Ben

By Murdock, Catherine Gilbert

Publishers Summary:
A girl is transformed, through instruction in life at court, determination, and magic, from sullen, pudgy, graceless Ben into Crown Princess Benevolence, a fit ruler of the kindgom of Montagne as it faces war with neighboring Drachensbett.

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ISBN
978-0-61895-971-6
Publisher
Houghton


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2008

Gr 6-10 After 15-year-old Princess Benevolence's parents and her uncle, the king, are presumed killed by agents of neighboring, much-larger Drachensbett, she moves to the palace to live with her widowed aunt, Sophia, now the queen regent, to be groomed as heir to the throne. When Ben discovers magic within the walls of her castle home, she finds a means for asserting her independence and escaping her aunt's control. After a series of adventures and hardships away from the castle, including time spent as a prisoner and d...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2008

Murdock (Dairy Queen, rev. 5/06; The Off Season, rev. 7/07) switches gears and genres to bring us a deliciously frothy yet substantial fairy tale, composed of equal parts "Sleeping Beauty," "Snow White," "Cinderella," "Saint George and the Dragon," and As You Like It. Fifteen-year-old Princess Ben of the kingdom of Montagne—plump, petulant, and indulged—wakes up one morning to find that her parents have been killed in a violent attack and that she, next in line for the throne, is now to be governed...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Starred Review on January 1, 2008

Fifteen-year-old Ben--plump, petulant, indulged--happens upon a mysterious tower, where she learns conjuring and enchantment. Political i...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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