The Thirteenth Princess
By Diane Zahler
HarperTorch, Paperback, 9780061825002, 243pp.
Publication Date: January 2011
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My name is Zita, and I am the thirteenth princess. My twelve sisters are legendary, even in faraway kingdoms, but I am sure that you have never heard of me.
Zita is not just any servantshes the thirteenth daughter of a king who wanted only sons. When all her royal sisters fall mysteriously ill, the only clue is their strangely worn and tattered shoes. Something sinister is afootand Zita must find the source of the enchantment and break the curse, or the twelve princesses will surely dance to their deaths.
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