The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess

The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess

By Alice Randall; Caroline Randall Williams; Shadra Strickland (Illustrator)

Turner Publishing Company, Hardcover, 9781618580153, 188pp.

Publication Date: September 2012


A lively tale of one young woman’s adventure to pass her Official Princess Test, discover a means of escape from her island, and reveal her true destiny.

Thirteen-year-old orphan Black Bee Bright (B. B. for short) is funny, quirky, precocious, and adventurous. But B. B. has a secret. She’s captive on an island in “the middle of very tropical nowhere” because she’s forced to hide her true identity as a royally born princess from her parents’ enemies in Raven World. B. B. must find a way to escape to “the Other World” where there are best friends and cool clothes, but she can’t escape the island until she passes her Official Princess Test and undertakes a dangerous journey alone to the East side of the island, where eight princesses must help her discover what it truly means to be a princess.

About the Author
Alice Randall was born in Detroit and graduated from Harvard in 1981. After a start as a journalist in Washington, D.C., she moved to Nashville to become a country songwriter. The only African-American woman ever to write a number-one country song, she has had more than twenty songs recorded. She is also a screenwriter and has worked on adaptations of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Parting the Waters, and Brer Rabbit. Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone. She was awarded the Free Spirit Award in 2001 and the Literature Award of Excellence by the Memphis Black Writers Conference in 2002, and she was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in 2002. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Shadra Strickland studied, design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University and later went on to complete her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009 for her work in her first picture book, "Bird", written by Zetta Elliott. Strickland co-illustrated "Our Children Can Soar", winner of a 2010 NAACP Image Award. She teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her online at

Praise For The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess

"Sweet, sassy and mystical, this novel deftly melds an old-fashioned story of princess preparation with the modern twist of body image and self-esteem. Young readers will respond to the voice as well as the predicament, while grown-ups will appreciate the values." —Kirkus Reviews

"Talented authors Randall and Randall-Williams created this charming novel that tickled my imagination. . . . The Diary of B. B. Bright will provide readers with adventures that’ll lead them through the fast-moving exploits of a fresh new character, Black Bee Bright, a.k.a. Bee or B. B. Although Bee and her world is fantasy, the authors have kept it all very real. Contemporary readers will recognize Bee’s defiance of the Godmommies' three rules, the secret of her father, and her struggle to pass the life-defining official princess training test . . . the dreaded OPT. A Black Princess? You betcha! This is a book that should win recognition and praise." —Patricia McKissack, Coretta Scott King Award winner, NAACP Image Award winner, and bestselling author of Flossie and the Fox, Going Someplace Special, Mirandy and Brother Wind, and Let My People Go

“I can’t adequately convey how cute and fun this book is.” —Rhapsody in Books

"A fun twist on the fairy princess story . . . an exciting, romantic, enchanting tale . . . charmingly illustrated by Strickland's line drawings." —A Wrung Sponge