The Runaway Princess
By Kate Coombs
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374355463, 288pp.)
Publication Date: August 8, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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“A dragon darkens our dells. A witch haunts our woods. Bandits roam our moors” . . . King Stromgard swept on. “In the tradition of so many monarchs, I offer my daughter’s hand in marriage and half my kingdom to the prince who can rid us of these evils, restoring peace and prosperity to our realm.”
And so the contest in the Kingdom of Greeve begins. But Princess Margaret is not your traditional princess. Meg firmly objects to her parents’ giving her away, and she certainly has no intention of remaining in the tower where she is sequestered. Instead, she sets out to win the contest herself by enlisting the help of her good friend, her loyal maid, an eager guardsman, a young wizard, and a tenacious witch. Does Meg find her distinct place in the kingdom, or is she doomed to fulfill her royal duties?
Kate Coombs weaves a magical tale full of pesky princes, enchanted frogs, a beady-eyed scarf, and invisibility juice – a tale of wonder, but a story familiar to all who struggle to find their own place in the world. The Runaway Princess is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
KATE COOMBS lives in Los Angeles, California. This is her first novel for young readers.
"A delicious princess romp. Witty and tart and funny." --Kirkus Reviews "Delightfully devious. Never predictable and frequently hilarious, this is an excellent addition to the bookshelves of Patricia C. Wrede fans." --The Horn Book "A pleasurable read with amusing details and witty twists." --School Library Journal "Coombs . . . has created another strong heroine who eschews the trappings of her birth in the pursuit of truth, justice, and adventure." --Booklist "This clever debut novel features a spunky and likeable heroine in Meg. Engaging." --VOYA "Reminiscent of Shrek and Once Upon a Mattress, this pleasingly twisty tale offers rib-tickling surprises around every corner." --Publishers Weekly