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 Princess imposter
 Author: Vande Velde, Vivian

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 208 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 905459 ISBN: 9781338121476
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Princesses -- Fiction
 Fairies -- Fiction
 Impostors and imposture -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

A relentlessly delightful princess and her choleric fairy imposter switch places for three turbulent days.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.70
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 191854
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 75220

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/17)
   School Library Journal (08/01/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 Gr 3–6—Princess Gabriella of Fairhaven's life is turned upside down when one morning she wakes up surrounded by ill-mannered fairy children instead of in her bed at the palace. One of the fairy children, Parf (a name meant to combine pee and barf), explains that the fairy children were bored, so Gabriella is now a changeling for Parf's sister Phleg (short for Renphlegena) for the next three days. Gabriella struggles with some of Phleg's chores such as laundry and cooking, while Phleg inadvertently creates conflict with the parents of Prince Frederic of Ostermark, Gabriella's betrothed. Eventually, the two find their place in the other's world: Gabriella uses her diplomacy to help Parf's father Benlos resolve a conflict with another fairy, and Phleg uses the skills she learned helping animals to tend to Frederic when he injures his leg. The story alternates between Gabriella and Phleg's points of view as both protagonists find their happily ever after with a twist. In addition to a dash of magic, Velde's story is full of humor, whether it's oriented in bodily functions or Parf's tendency to misunderstand situations. Frederic and Benlos share an interest in storytelling, although this isn't explored in depth. The cast of characters is large, but each character is distinct and well developed. While the plot maintains a steady pace, Gabriella's problems seem trivial compared to those that Phleg's family has, making the resolution of her troubles feel slightly less significant. VERDICT Purchase where fairy books are in high demand.—Liz Anderson, DC Public Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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