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Top-selling author E. D. Baker delights fans with a brand new fairy tale world full of humor and charm!
In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie—blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic—can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen’s true love to kiss her awake.
But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn’t possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father’s guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.
The Wide-Awake Princess
"When Annie is born, fairy Moonbeam passes a magic wand over her and
proclaims that magic will have no effect on her. (This could be a
curse or a blessing.) A spell was cast on her older sister, Princess
Gwendolyn, at birth and now, for fear that she will prick her finger,
all spinning wheels have been banned from the land. On her 16th
birthday, one is secretly delivered, and the inevitable happens. The
entire castle falls asleep except for Annie. It is up to her to find
Prince Charming to awaken the sleeping beauty. Along the way she meets
Hansel and Gretel, dancing fairies, Rapunzel, and a lumpy mattress.
Each one of these embedded fairy tales has an enjoyable twist.
Eventually she finds all the available princes in the land and sends
them to the castle for the big event. Annie is a down-to-earth
character who eventually learns that there was a plot to take over the
kingdom. Readers will like this wrinkle in the action as well as the
surprise kiss that eventually wakes Princess Gwendolyn. Humorous at
times, this fractured fairy tale will be enjoyed by readers who like
adventure with a touch of romance."–School Library Journal
THE WIDE-AWAKE PRINCESS
"A clever twist on a selection of fairy tales from “Sleeping Beauty”
to “Rapunzel” shines a realistic light on these classics, questioning
whether magic is always a good thing. Princess Annabelle’s older
sister, Gwendolyn, is given the magical gift of beauty while Annie has
been made impervious to magic of all kinds, a gift that proves to be
quite valuable in the end, though Annie can’t help but feel like the
plain little sister next to Gwennie’s overwhelming beauty. When the
classic “sleeping beauty” curse is cast on Gwennie, Annie, along with
Liam, a footman and friend, sets out on a journey into the forest to
find the prince that will save the day. Not only does the spirited
Annie save her family, she winds up discovering herself along the way.
Baker’s characters are intriguing, easy to relate to and entirely
three-dimensional. While the plot may seem hectic at times, in the end
readers will find that each character and plot twist has a purpose.
The author ably joins the practitioners of the contemporary fairy
tale, suggesting that those fairy tales and their happily-ever-afters
are not always better than reality."--Kirkus Reviews