The Thirteenth Princess
By Diane Zahler
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780061824982, 256pp.)
Publication Date: February 2010
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Zita is not an ordinary servant girlshe's the thirteenth daughter of a king who wanted only sons. When she was born, Zita's father banished her to the servants' quarters to work in the kitchens, where she can only communicate with her royal sisters in secret.
Then, after Zita's twelfth birthday, the princesses all fall mysteriously ill. The only clue is their strangely worn and tattered shoes. With the help of her friendsBreckin the stable boy, Babette the witch, and Milek the soldierZita follows her bewitched sisters into a magical world of endless dancing and dreams. But something more sinister is afootand unless Zita and her friends can break the curse, the twelve princesses will surely dance to their deaths.
A classic fairy tale with a bold twist, The Thirteenth Princess tells the unforgettable story of a magical castle, true love, spellbound princessesand the young girl determined to save them all.
Diane Zahler is the author of The Thirteenth Princess and A True Princess. Her books have been praised for their delicious descriptions (Kirkus Reviews) and their gratifying depth (Publishers Weekly). Diane lives with her husband and dog in New Yorks Harlem Valley, in an old farmhouse held together by magic spells and duct tape.
Just the right combination of magic, adventure, and romance.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Zahler takes a light story and gives it gratifying depth, rounding out the characters and their motivations without betraying the source material and wrapping it all together in a graceful and cohesive romantic drama.”
Lively reworking of familiar elements.”
“THE THIRTEENTH PRINCESS is a lucky find, a wheeling gavotte of a novel that refreshes an old fairy tale with new enchantment.”
-Gregory Maguire, author of WICKED and A LION AMONG MEN
“Splendid entertainment with a guaranteed happy ever after.”
-Diane Stanley, author of BELLA AT MIDNIGHT
“An enchanting retelling.”
-Alex Flinn, author of BEASTLY and A KISS IN TIME