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The Wide-Awake Princess (Tales of the Wide-Awake Princess Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 270 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 10 - 14
Grade Level: 5 - 8

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—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.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
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Baker, the author of The Frog Princess series, offers a lively take on “Sleeping Beauty” in this stand-alone title. Lacking magical abilities, Annie feels out of place and ordinary, especially compared to her older sister, Princess Gwendolyn, a fabled beauty. Then, on Gwendolyn's sixteenth birthday, a curse puts her and the entire castle's inhabitants into an enchanted sleep, all except for Annie, who is immune to magic. Setting out to discover the enchanter and true-love prince who can break the spell, Annie is helped by handsome Liam, a castle guard, in a journey filled with obstacles and sinister plans. The day needs saving. Can Annie do it? Annie is an enjoyable, independent, and undaunted character, who uses wits and skills rather than spells in her endeavors. Fairy-tale-savvy readers will recognize tongue-in-cheek nods to other tales, elements that sometimes include a mature angle, such as Annie's discovery that apparently Rapunzel wasn't a one-prince gal. Overall, this blend of romance, suspense, magic, and humor offers an entertaining, peppy fractured fairy tale. Grades 7-10. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Product Details

  • File Size: 1874 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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E. D. Baker made her international debut with The Frog Princess, which was a Book Sense Children's Pick and has sold in many languages around the world. Since then she has written four other books in the series: Dragon's Breath, Once Upon a Curse, No Place for Magic and The Salamander Spell, as well as Wings: A Fairy Tale, a new look at the classic Midsummernight's Dream story. A mother of three and grandmother of one, Ms. Baker lives in Maryland, where she and her daughters breed horses and provide a home for five cats, three dogs, and three goats.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bianca Vandenbos on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I finished The Wide Awake Princess yesterday and its such a wonderful retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Gwen (Sleeping Beauty) falls asleep after pricking her finger on her 16th birthday. Her younger sister Annie and a handsome young gaurd Liam go on a quest to find Gwens true love to wake her up. Only problem is they aren't sure which prince is Gwens true love. On their travels they encounter the bear from Snow White and Rose Red and at one point Annie is locked up in Rapunzels tower and Rapunzel is gone. Anyway I'm not going to tell you any more. If you like fairytales and if you like rewritten fairytales and books written by E.D.Baker you'll love this book. I think this book is so good that it deserves a sequel because I want to know whether Gwen and Annie get married to their true loves and get embroiled into more adventures. E.D. Baker you rock!!!!!!
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Jolanthe on March 10, 2013
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While the overall story line of the book was sweet, one thing that I didn't really like was the more mature feelings that this book included, especially since it is targeted for younger girls. For example, as the main character realizes she has feelings for her friend (she is about 16), the author describes her feelings as she imangines him kissing her or how she feels when he touches her - just not things I necessarily think are needed in a story if it's being read to younger children. One of the princes in the story is also found in a bar pulling a barmaid onto his lap, etc...again content that wasn't necessary.

There are grammatical errors (that my sixth grader pointed out!) - and while we know there are sequels to the story, we won't be buying or reading any more in the series. While it was a fun story, this isn't a book that I would call a keeper and one to read again with our kids.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By small review on July 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We all know the story of Gwen: When she was born, her parents made a little mistake with the guest list, which led to the ticking off of a bad fairy, which led to the prick her finger on a spinning wheel and sleep for 100 years curse. Such a curse adds a lot of stress, not to mention all the work involved in keeping a kingdom spinning-wheel free. So when Annie was born, her parents begged a good fairy to find a way to protect their second daughter from similar curses. With a wave of her wand, the good fairy makes Annie immune to magic. Since this also has the effect of dampening all magic used around Annie, her parents are a little put out when their own magically-enhanced beauty and charms fade whenever Annie is around. Still, she's safe, and as long as she stands far away from her family, Annie's gift has little effect.

Life is fairly ho-hum for Annie until Gwen manages to get her hands on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday and the kingdom-sleeps-for-100-years curse is set in motion. Everyone in the castle drops instantly into sleep, all except, of course, Annie. Never one to wait around for someone else to fix things for her, Annie sets out on a mission to find a prince to kiss her sister and end the curse. But which prince is her sister's true love? There's no way of knowing, so Annie sends every prince she finds back to her family's castle. Every prince she finds, however, seems to already be embroiled in his own quest or sticky situation, so Annie must first help with these various deeds and debacles.

I really enjoyed this story! Annie is a great character from start to finish and would make a good role model for the intended audience. She's kind, has a good sense of humor, does things for herself, is smart, and is still girly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bibliomom on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's not easy being Sleeping Beauty's younger sister. While her big sister received all the faerie blessings of Charm, Grace, and Beauty (and the curse to go with it), Princess Annie received only one gift: that of total magic immunity: "From this day on, no magic shall touch you or bring you to harm. You'll have to survive on your natural charm."

Fortunately, Annie's hardworking and resourceful and knows how to use her magic nullification talents to the fullest. But curses are curses, and Annie's ultimately left on her own when the rest of her family (along with the rest of the castle's inhabitants) are put to sleep by the spinning wheel curse. How will she fare against forests of gingerbread witches and mischievous faeries? Will she manage to find her sister's true love and break the curse? And of course there's that teeny-tiny little chance that she just might find someone special herself.

This book is a fun read and appropriate for both early readers and older kids. My seven year old (who reads around the 4th grade level) has really enjoyed it; a pair of nine year old twins (average readers) have asked repeatedly for me to read it aloud; and even my ten year old son has borrowed it - mostly for the fun of the fairy tale send ups. (Sorry, Prince - the Princess doesn't need rescuing from the hideous ogre - she just likes him better than you.) It's fairly well written, simple enough to follow, and fun enough for reluctant readers to want to continue with.

For the sake of being comprehensive, there are a few scary moments (a kelpie and the gingerbread witch) and references to alcohol (a prince who's had too much ale and needs to be sobered up). The afore mentioned prince also had a pair of barmaids on his knee - think Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.
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