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The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
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** spoiler alert ** Princess Patricia Priscilla is about to turn 16 and have her birthday ball – the one where she must choose a suitor. She’s trying not to think too much about this, but there’s little else for a princess (in her kingdom, anyway) to do. After talking to her maid, the princess decides to sneak out of the castle and attend classes at the villagers’ school – impersonating an impoverished peasant girl. She introduces herself to the rather handsome teacher as “Pat,” and soon discovers that she has a passion for learning and for helping others. Meanwhile, preparations for the ball continue apace and we are introduced to the princess’ truly ghastly suitors. There doesn’t seem to be much she can do to get out of marrying one of them (or in the case of the conjoined twins, TWO), but, circumstances work in her favor and everyone lives happily ever after (except maybe Prince Percival – a vain fellow who accidentally burns off all of his hair). A quick, breezy, fun (and funny) fairytale.
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