The Thirteenth Princess


The classic fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses takes on a fresh twist that includes the youngest, unwanted thirteenth princess, Zita. As red-haired, green-eyed Zita grows up in the palace as a servant, she slowly uncovers the truth of her past by questioning Cook and various other servants. Once she discovers her true identity, Zita approaches the princesses as she sees them in the halls, gradually becoming acquainted with the sisters she never knew. Soon after Zita starts to feel like family among her sisters, an odd thing begins to happen with them; the 12 princesses begin to appear weary and tired. They get put on bed rest and doctors are called, but the princesses’mysterious ailment just gets worse. Zita, with the company of three other friends, works to uncover the magic behind this cursed illness before her sisters begin to die.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The Thirteenth Princess is a story that will bring readers back to their childhood dreams of knights and castles, leaving them with a smile on their face once they finish.

Content Awareness Factors:

Although the elder 12 princess names are a hassle to keep straight, all the characters developed in the story are very realistic and girls will relate to them.

Young Reader Reaction

Teen Reviewer 1: The Thirteenth Princess is an enchanting, cute read for fourth to seventh grade readers. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. From the dark-heartedness of an evil witch to the magic of a first love, all aspects of this book fully captured my heart. Although I already am a junior in high school, the charm of a cute fairy tale pulled me in. It would make a great gift for little sisters or other young girls.

Teen Reviewer 2: Although it is not my favorite version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Thirteenth Princess is still a charming twist that does hold a surprise or two while staying faithful to its original plot. I would recommend this book to middle school students, but as a whole, it would probably be more interesting for someone who has not read The Twelve Dancing Princesses yet.

Type of Book:
This is a fairy tale novel for middle grade readers.
Educational Themes:

This is a story meant for fun reading. There are lessons about family, secrets, and history, but it\'s mostly a fairy tale.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a fun book to read. Preteens will like reading it themselves, and it also makes a great read-aloud.

Title The Thirteenth Princess
Author Diane Zahler
ISBN 9780061824982
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Adventure, Fairy Tale
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