Princess Ben


Title: Princess Ben

Author: Catherine Murdock

Summary:  Dairy Queen author Catherine Murdock branches out into fantasy with this fairytale with a twist.  After Princess Benevolence’s parents are murdered, she finds herself pressed into a strict royal life she never wanted.  Queen Sophia puts plump Ben on a strict diet and fills her days with long hours of dance lessons, penmanship, and other princessly endeavors.  One night while locked in her miserable little chamber, Ben discovers a secret passage way to an enchanted room.  In that room, Ben finds a book that teaches her the magic arts.  Ben’s private magical education and her very public refusal to conform to the behavior of a future queen end up threatening the sovereignty of her kingdom.  It will take everything Ben has learned, as well as a change of heart, to save her kingdom.

Who will like this book?:  If you like grown-up fairy tales and stories of magic this is the book for you. 

If you like this, try this:  Fairest and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Beastly by Alex Flinn, Twice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris, and books by Donna Jo Napoli

Recommended by: Jen, Branch Teen Librarian