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The Runaway Princess (Runaway Princess #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,733 ratings  ·  173 reviews
“A dragon darkens our dells. A witch haunts our woods. Bandits roam our moors” . . . King Stromgard swept on. “In the tradition of so many monarchs, I offer my daughter’s hand in marriage and half my kingdom to the prince who can rid us of these evils, restoring peace and prosperity to our realm.”

And so the contest in the Kingdom of Greeve begins. But Princess Margaret is
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Bonnie Gayle
Aug 10, 2007 Bonnie Gayle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of fairy tale reduxes
I really liked this book!
It's about a princess who is locked in a tower while princes from different areas come to compete. The first prince to slay a dragon, banish a witch, defeat a troop of bandits, and retrieve the princess from the tower will win her hand in marriage. Sounds really traditional doesn't it? Well, in this story the princess retrieves HERSELF from the tower, because she wants to save the dragon, witch, and bandits from the princes.
This was a really adventuresome fun read, and
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Lydia
The adventures of Princess Meg (Margret, but she prefers Meg) as she attempts to thwart the Competition for Her Hand and Half the Kingdom. The whole being married off to a stranger is bad enough, but the competition has three stages of destruction: 1) getting rid of the witch (who hasn't harmed anyone), 2) getting rid of the dragon (who hasn't bothered anyone in ages, and you know what Bilbo Baggins says about sleeping dragons), 3) getting rid of the bandits (who honestly are more Robin Hood and ...more
Jeannygrey
Очаровательная сказонька про драконов, ведьм, разбойников, принцев и принцесс, а также самоидентификацию.
Пора уже официально признать, что сказоньки - мой литературный потолок, и перестать терзать приличную литературу.
Brenda Young
"A dragon darkens our dells. A witch haunts our woods. Bandits roam our moors” . . . King Stromgard swept on. “In the tradition of so many monarchs, I offer my daughter’s hand in marriage and half my kingdom to the prince who can rid us of these evils, restoring peace and prosperity to our realm.

And so the contest in the Kingdom of Greeve begins. But Princess Margaret is not your traditional princess. Meg firmly objects to her parents’ giving her away, and she certainly has no intention of rema
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Gwyn Ryan
Princess Margaret is incensed. Her father has offered half the Kingdom and her hand in marriage to the prince who defeats the dragon, withers the witch, and beats down the bandits who are 'terrorising' the Kingdom. Honestly, the dragon hasn't eaten anyone since Margaret's great-aunt, the witch is mostly harmless -- good luck charms and love spells and the occasional metamorphosis into a frog, but only for those who really deserve it. And Meg can't help but admire the bandits' whole 'rob from the ...more
Betsy
Delightful!! This is a princess story that even boys will enjoy. The cast of characters is expertly developed, traditional fairy tale elements are turned on their head (nice witch, baby dragon, princess winning the contest that princes are supposed to win, etc.), and the details are just right. The details are so hard to nail in stories like these and Coombs does it with aplomb. Names like twins Dorn and Dagle, an underage wizard with a fondness for hot chocolate, a princess getting locked into ...more
Liss
Sep 06, 2008 Liss rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: independent girls age 12 - 17
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Miss Clark
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Mimi
This book turns conventional fairy tales somewhat upside down. The princess sees no reason to wait to be rescued or to be married any time soon. That said, she does not hate men and being a woman (although she does hate needlepoint). :) So, I like that she is a strong female character, but that she does not eschew all things female. Being a strong woman does NOT mean trying to become a man!

That said, it is a relatively simply written book for a younger audience, but I really enjoyed it. Here is
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Lizzie
Meg was never an enthusiastic princess-she would rather be catching tadpoles in the frog pond than be practicing "wifely arts". But when her father (the king) locks her in a tower and offers her hand in marrige to whoever can win the royal contest, she is done. With the help of her friends; Dilly, her faithful maid, Cam, the kindhearted gardener's boy, and Nort, a stubborn knight-in-training, she will attempt to escape the tower and stop the efforts of the contest. But the question is: Will she ...more
Shaya
The only reason I read this is because my sister left it on my bookshelf. I'd say the age range is about elementary school. It was a cute story. A king holds a contest for princes to take care of the problems in his realm: slay a dragon and get the treasure, capture the Robin Hoodlike bandits, and remove the witch. The winner will get to marry his daughter, Meg. Meg is not the embroidary type. She likes catching frogs with her friend the gardener's son. So she escapes from her tower and goes aro ...more
Trang
Another reviewer called this book ‘unadulterated fun’, and I’m compelled to agree wholeheartedly.

For a story that involves a handful of cliché fairytale tropes—a princess in a tower, an old witch living in the wood, a menacing dragon who breathes fire and snacks on princesses (or so the legend said), not to forget the mysterious bandits running amok doing bandit things—"The Runaway Princess" can't be further away from your stereotypical damsel-in-distress tales. It's not only a delightful and re
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Grace Rorke
Summer Books-

Over the summer I read the book The Runaway Princess by Kate Coombs. The Book The Runaway Princess was about a princess named Meg who did not like doing princess or ladylike activities. When her father annouced she'd have an aranged marrige she said no so he locked her in a tower and is having handsome princes from near and far try to imptress her and win her hand in marrige. With the help of her friends Cam, Dilly and Nort they help the princess escape. Dilly and Meg swich spots so
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Becky B
Princess Meg's father and the Prime Minister get this brilliant idea that to revitalize the kingdom and bring in some revenue they will hold a contest. Whichever prince can rid the land of the witch in the woods, the dragon in the mountains, and the bandits plaguing the roadways will win half the kingdom and Princess Meg's hand in marriage. Poor Meg first learns about this when her father announces it to all the land at a formal dinner. Meg would rather be out chasing toads in the pond and learn ...more
Tara
I was given copies of The Runaway Princess and its sequel, The Runaway Dragon , for Christmas a couple years back, and they've held honored positions on my headboard bookshelf ever since. This book is a thoroughly fun, light-hearted romp, and it never fails to make me smile--truly, one of my favorite fairy tales.

First, there are the characters. The princess, Meg, is head-strong and determined--and in the good way, not the "complete brat whom I would hate to be acquainted with in real life" way
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Brandy Painter
This book is unadulterated fun. I went into it expecting it to be just another new spin on the old fairy tale story. You know. One of those ones that tries to be unique and in trying so hard fails miserably. I don't know if this author was trying to be unique or not, but she succeeded all the same. For a fun fluffy princess story the book was not easy to predict. And often the unexpected events are the most hilarious. Yes, this book is funny. Literally laugh out loud funny. My chortling drew com ...more
Laura
Awards and Recognitions: ALA Notable Books for Children – 2007

Uninterested in the “wifely arts,” such as embroidering flowers, that a good princess should be learning, Meg is more interested in running through meadows and chasing frogs. When her father’s advisor comes up with a plan for a contest with Meg as the prize, she is not happy. The objective of the contest is to get rid of the dragon, witch, and bandits that live in the forest (so that they can clear the land, sell the timber, and build
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Katie
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Loraine
I picked this book up because of an AR competition between the teachers at school. It seemed like a quick read and I needed one of those after the last one I checked out! The good news is that I wasn't disappointed!

This book is about a princess whose father starts a competition among neighboring princes in order to stir up revenue for his kingdom. The winner gets his daughter's hand in marriage and half the kingdom, to boot! Princes come from all over to participate, the princess is locked in a
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Meg
I really understood this character (mostly)...partially because of the name, and the brown hair...but it was a cute story. I had a bit of trouble following it, and the last part was a bit disappointing (but I'm guessing that's just me)...I really recommend it. :)
Update: There's a sequel! I'm not as disappointed now. :)
Laurie
When I was a child, I wasn’t wild about princesses. They didn’t seem to be very active players in any tale; they had bad things happen to them and they waited for a prince to rescue them. Even as a very young girl, that didn’t appeal to me. Neither did the stories about them.

This story, however, would have engaged me. The princess gets put into a tower, just as in a lot of the old tales, but she doesn’t stay there long. She is in charge of her own destiny right from the get go. But not only doe
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Debbie
"The Runaway Princess" is a young adult fantasy novel, though females younger and older will probably also enjoy it. Boys do play a support role in the story, but there is no romance beyond the "I guess he's kinda cute" sort. It's more about friendships, loyalty, and protecting the helpless from selfish and mean people.

There's a lot of humor to it, so it's a fun romp. The characters were fun, interesting, and acted realistically. The story was fast-paced. It didn't always go were I expected, but
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Alissa
I just read this book in an afternoon. It was so fun I just didn't want to put it down! It was just an easy fun read with a good story. The almost ending got a little slow while they tied up a million tiny things but then the ending was good. I really liked this one.
Bridget R. Wilson
The Runaway Princess by Kate Coombs
"Once upon a time", she said, "there was a princess who knew she was meant for more that twirling her tresses and swooning" (279).

Princess Meg refuses to be married off to the prince who defeats the local witch, dragon, and bandits. Her disobedience lands her in a locked tower Rapunzel style, but that doesn't stop her for long. With the help of her friends, she foils the princes' attempts to win her hand and aids the witch, dragon, and bandits.

What I thought:
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Shauna
This was a fun princess book, and I loved the very old-fashioned cover art, even if it is a bit misleading (the story is in no way old-fashioned). In fact, this book takes the old princess-in-a-tower kind of tale, and updates it to a more modern viewpoint--this princess doesn't want to pine away in a tower dreaming of a prince when there are adventures to be had. She also cant see why anyone would kill a dragon when one hasn't eaten a princess in ages? Those bandits? More like Robin Hood. The wi ...more
Havalah Turner
this book was charming and very funny. I was expecting another princess book built around some forbidden love or prince. There is a prince in the story, actually at least 20 princes, all in a contest to win princess Meg hand in marriage. However, Meg does not care for being trapped in a tower and especially is against the contest. She doesn't understand why the princes' always have to be the hero's in the stories; So she takes matters into her own hands and runs away, well so to speak.

I could n
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Megan
Cute. A bit stretched out, but a cute Princess Bride/Shannon Hale type read. My favorite character was Lex, the boy wizard.
Molly Westerman
I am really terribly fond of this book. I read it aloud to my seven-year-old, but I liked it enough to request the sequel from our library for myself (though Mr. Enthusiastic has decided I should read that one to him, too, even though he's already read it on his own--he feels he'll pick up on new details the second time through, and didn't we have fun reading The Runaway Princess together, and do I remember how funny the scene with the frog princes was? etc.).

It's well-written, very funny in par
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Jennifer Humphreys
This book is a fun read. The main character is a great role model for girls because, while she is a princess locked away in a tower while princes from all around come to compete for the right to marry her, she takes matters into her own hands. (view spoiler) ...more
Rachelle
Cute story with an unpredictable princess. Fun for mother daughter book club.
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I was born in Spokane, Washington, but I spent most of my childhood in Camarillo, California, which is about an hour's drive north of Los Angeles. Whenever possible as a child, I read books—books, books, and more books. The rest of the time I rode my bike with my sister, Loni, or looked after my little brother and sister. Sometimes we went to the movies at an old theater we called "The Sticky Thea ...more
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“What are you going to do now?' She faced him.
What I've always wanted. I'm leaving this stupid kingdom to make my fortune, like a prince in one of the tales.'
They're not true you know,' Cam said quietly. Meg stared at him for a long, grim moment.
Yes they are,' she hissed....
Cam spoke in the sudden silence. 'Look, Meg. I'm not saying princes don't have adventures. But I'll bet a lot of them get eaten by the first dragon they com to.”
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