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Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters by Diane Zahler
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 224 Hardcover – 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Date Published: August 27th, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Author Diane Zahler transforms a classic fairy tale into a dazzling new story about Sleeping Beauty’s daughters, Princesses Aurora and Luna, and the perilous quest they undertake when Aurora falls prey to a terrible curse.
Princesses Aurora and Luna have grown up in a cliff-top palace by the sea, where they are carefully protected by their parents, the king and queen. No one visits, the girls cannot stray beyond the castle walls, and, curiously, all sharp objects are forbidden from the castle.
But accidents will happen-particularly when an old curse still has power. Soon, in spite of all precautions, Aurora is struggling not to slip into an enchanted sleep.
Frantic, the princesses accept the help of a young fisherman named Symon and embark on a daring ocean voyage to find their aunt-a fairy who may be able to break the spell. From fearsome beasts to raging storms, many dangers befall them, yet they must not give up…for if Aurora sleeps, she will not wake for one hundred years.
With its brisk pace and lush descriptions, this spellbinding novel will appeal to readers who enjoy the work of Shannon Hale and Gail Carson Levine.
What a beautiful and adventurous fairy tale this is. Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters is my first read with author Diana Zahler and won’t be my last. I truly enjoyed the story and the characters and want this type of book available when my daughters join the exciting world of readers. I read an advanced reader copy and afterward I’m ready and desiring to go out and buy every Diane Zahler princess book!
This is a book full of classical illusion and reference to history and mythology. There is plenty of material for educational discussion here. Relationships are a big theme here from parent-child, sister-sibling, family and even romance. Entertaining, educational and with a gorgeous cover. This is an excellent addition to the middle grades shelf. The character’s definitely grow and mature in the book and your young reader can learn along with them.
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Diane Zahler is the author of The Thirteenth Princess, A True Princess, and Princess of the Wild Swans. Her books have been praised for their “delicious descriptions” (Kirkus Reviews) and their “gratifying depth” (Publishers Weekly). Diane lives with her husband in New York’s Harlem Valley, in an old farmhouse held together by magic spells and duct tape. You can visit her online at www.dianezahler.com.