Garden Princess

Garden Princess Cover

Garden Princess

By Kristin Kladstrup

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763656850, 261pp.

Publication Date: March 12, 2013

Dig in to this middle-grade fantasy featuring a horticulturally minded princess, a beautiful butevil 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?

About the Author
Kristin Kladstrup is the author of the middle-grade novel The Book of Story Beginnings and the picture book The Gingerbread Pirates, illustrated by Matt Tavares. About Garden Princess, she says, I love gardens and books about princesses, so it doesn t surprise me that the story combines these two favorite things. What does surprise me is the magpie. I didn t expect him to show up! Kristin Kladstrup lives with her family near Boston.