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The Princess and the Page

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  57 reviews
A dark secret lurks in Keira's family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But Keira's mom is unable to face the truth of the family's history because the Word Weavers have been hunted for generations for their power. And so, she forbids Keira to write. Oblivious to the family's secret ability, and angry a ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Scholastic Press
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Amy Parker
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, fun read! Kiera is a high-spirited, imaginative, and strong MC with a voice that drew me in from the very first page. Part contemporary fairy tale, part mystery with a healthy dose of adventure, this book is perfect for boys and girls who love fast-paced adventure laced with humor and characters that stick with you long after you've closed the book. I devoured it one sitting. ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Twelve year old Keira is a Word Weaver...but she doesn't know it. Word Weavers have the power to bring stories to life and when Keira uses her grandmother's magical pen to write a story for a fairy-tale writing contest (something her mother strictly forbids her to do), her not so happily ever after fairy-tale starts to come to life around her. Keira, her BFF Bella, and Keira's mom find themselves in a gorgeous French castle and in the middle of a dangerous fairy-tale adventure.

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Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, children-s, 2016, yrc
An uneven fantasy story full of plot holes, bratty kids, nonsensical parents, unanswered questions, and a weirdly sluggish pace. Skip this one, although a kid with a penchant for fairy tales, writing, and exploring haunted French castles would enjoy this one. No crossover appeal, however, and poor execution.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i really did love this book more than i thought i would, this book really tells us how words are really powerful...trust me in this book they are magical... but the way how Kiera writes the story and fixes it was really amazing, how she had help from chet, and bella. Her mom also told her a secret that helped defeat the enemy in her own story!

this is a really good book read The Princess and the Page, to find out how Kiera came into this mess into the first place!
Fallon Willoughby
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adorable book for young girls.

Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a story! I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book. I thought it was another blah blah book about princesses and I was going to puke sparkles somewhere, but it wasn't about that at all! I'm very much looking forward to seeing if Ms. Farley would write a sequel to this story. Word Weavers are very special people who have the ability and drive to write stories - the only thing is that their stories become real and if they enter their own fairy tale, the char ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read an ARC of this fantasy-adventure, and middle grade students will enjoy following Keira's travels to a French castle where she finds herself involved with the castle's haunted past. ...more
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This review was originally posted on Lazy Day Literature

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Keira's mother won't allow her to write stories, though deep in her bones, she feels the urge to do exactly that. When her best friend, Bella, talks her into writing a fairytale for a contest she uses the only pen left in the house; a special pen that her mother had thought was stolen. Acting out in anger against her mother's rediculous rules, Keira writes
When Keira finds and uses a special pen that has been in her family for generations, she wins a trip to a beautiful castle in France. But the fairy tale she wrote to win the contest has a very dark side, and even while Keira and her best friend Bella are having a blast living the life of modern day princesses, she becomes increasingly aware that parts of her story are coming true. There are signs that the castle is haunted, and possessions and humans start disappearing. Kiera realizes that her m ...more
Mimi Cross
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Starting with the beautiful, brightly colored cover that features Keira, the main character of The Princess and the Page, it’s clear that author Christina Farley has created a magical adventure.

The Princess and the Page is an engaging story for middle grade readers, but get ready parents, you'll want to find out what happens next too, thanks to Christina Farley's special brand of storytelling. Inspired by a real life royal who lived in the 1500's, The Princess and the Page is a fast-paced conte
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ahh, what can I say...I adored The Princess and the Page! It's been awhile since I've read a middle-grade book and I think it's safe to say that this is just what I needed!

The pages are filled with constant adventure set in a beautiful French castle! Keira isn't your typical twelve year old. Nope, she's a word-weaver, a person with special abilities to make their stories come to life, literally!

While meandering through this book I was reminded of the movie Clue, with the characters aged down of
Catherine F
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!!
Andrea Wright
May 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book and I gave it so many tries and got half way through the book before I decided there were too many other things to read that I could be enjoying. The idea for this book I think was good but there was a disconnect whenever the transition from real to story happened and I just got bored waiting for something to happen and make more sense. Sorry book. Maybe another time?
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Princess and the Page is a magical mystery that combines an intriguing glimpse into French history with imaginative sleuthing skills fit for any modern day Nancy Drew.

I don’t normally review children’s or middle grade books on my blog, but when I heard that Christina Farley had one coming out, well, she’s one of my go-to authors. Somehow she always manages to put a twist on history, folklore, and culture to make it captivating for any reader, i.e. her Gilded series, which is AMAZING. I am s
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: all-mg
(more like 3 and half)

*@Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Imagine having the power to bring stories to life, literally, but not realizing it until you’re neck deep into trouble. That’s what Keira has to deal with during her fairytale-like getaway with her mom and best friend.

I love how the story is fast paced and every moment Keira and Bella spend inside the castle is a delight becau
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book more; clever concept, spunky young heroine, moments of sparkly blue magic, setting inspired by historical event and actual location, etc. Lots to like, in other words. But. It just didn't really make much sense, ultimately. The plot was scattered, the characters all made nonsensical connections and decisions (like, her dad can't get a week off work to take a free trip to France? Just...weird stuff like that sprinkled throughout and often with no apparent reason? ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's an interesting story about a girl who wants to tell all the stories she can. She has an unexplainable desire to write, unfortunately her parents happen to have a rule.... she can't write, no pens or paper are allowed in the house. And if her mother ever see her writing she gets very angry. So Keira doesn't get to write all those amazing stories. Until the day she found a mysterious pen hidden in her parents' things. Now whatever she writes, comes true.....
I quite enjoyed this adventurous ta
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute but VERY predictable. Main character continually does stupid things that don't make sense, yet she does them anyway - even while saying she knows it is dumb or should not be done. OK, I know that can help move the plot along .... but over and over again it gets annoying! Cute idea ... but .... it was just ok. ...more
Nov 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
I think this book might actually fall somewhere between a 3 and a 4, like maybe 3 and 3/4. It wasn't a bad story, and I think younger kids will like it, but it was just not what I was expecting.

I feel like it turned more into a mystery type story with the kids being detectives, trying to solve what was going on in the castle. I was hoping for more of a traditional fantasy kind of story with not quite so much physical danger.

I love the idea of being a Word Weaver and having a Magic Pen. But the w
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
{My thoughts} – Keira is a different kind of child. She has a longing to write stories but her mother has banned that from their lives. Her mother doesn’t like story writing. She doesn’t like any kind of writing if it isn’t all facts or lists. In the beginning of the book there is a break in and their house is ransacked. The individuals that broke in were looking for Keira’s grandmas magical writing pen. Keira found it before they did and used it to her advantage, however, at the time she didn’t ...more
Jan farnworth
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Christina Farley Gilded series so when i saw she was releasing a middle grade novel about a magical pen and princess.  I knew i had to pick up a copy.  This story is meant for younger audience but i am grown adult and i read whatever catches my eye. 

I really like how if you have a fan of Nancy drew in your house and they exhausted all of those this a good next step.  It the perfect page length for middle school age easily read in a few days but interesting enough that you could
Lilly F.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For as long as she can remember, Keira's mother has banned all pens and pencils, anything in the house that you can write with. Except for a pen hidden in her parents closet. Until one night, a mysterious meal arrives, leaving both her parents unconcious on the floor, and leaving her with 2 theives trying to get the pen and it's powers. Hiding from her mother, she writes a story with the pen, and wins the contest, a 1 week stay at a castle far away. She goes there with her mom and her friend Bel ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book Princess and the Page by Christina Farley is a fantasy book which is magical and action- packed.This book was mystical because of the author’s choice of words when describing a scene in the book. One example that the book is descriptive is that, in Chapter 2, the author includes this sentence, “Memories from last night throb at the back of my mind as I survey the stark living room,”. This sentence is so descriptive, that I can picture it in my mind. Another reason the book was descripti ...more
Twelve-year-old Keira, forbidden by her mother to write anything creative, discovers her grandma’s magical Word Weaver pen after a break-in to her home. Angry at her mother and not knowing what the pen is (but drawn to it like a bee to honey), Keira writes a fairy tale that ends with “. . . where they would never live happily ever after” for a writing contest. Her entry wins the prize, a trip to France for herself, her mother, and her best friend, Bella, where they will spend one week in a castl ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
i enjoyed this book, it was a really short read and id definitely recommend to any middle grade students looking for a fun, whimsical book to read.

to summarize this, basically theres a girl and she gets robbed. while this is happening, she discovers a special pen that makes her feel amazing inside whenever she holds it. this is because word weavers are in her bloodline and her mom wants to keep her safe from the danger that the pen brings, so she limits writing utensils and writing fiction stori
Tomoyo Ichijouji
Jun 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, I was disappointed by this book. I had been hoping from the premise that there would be a lot of story writing and the mixing of stories and reality -- and while technically there was that, for the most part the book read like a simple ghost story in a childish modern-day romp around a castle rather than an exciting story about stories. The only reason I finished the book was for research purposes, rather than really being interested in what happened at the end. The MC wasn't part ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this story. Its based in France and the protagonist has the magical powers that the stories that she writes come to life. I really enjoyed the pops of French culture sprinkled throughout the book and that it included a real life castle in Loire Valley, France. I've actually been to the castle in the book and I think that the author does a fantastic job bringing it to life and explaining its intricate details. The author has a real gift for plotting out imaginary worlds a ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally had a chance to read The Princess and the Page. In a word, fantastic! I read a lot of books grades 2 and up, both for my classroom and for my own children. As an adult reader, I was hooked from the very beginning. I can't say that about very many books at this level. Christina delivers another amazing, female heroine and a story woven with mystery, magic, and history. I loved the little snippets at the beginning of each chapter, almost like a sneak peek. The ending, well read it for yo ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Princess and the Page is a super fun book that has many moments that keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a much adventure throughout, but also laden with suspenseful moments. You can't take your eyes away from the book since it is so engaging. When it is over, you don't want it to end, so I can't wait until the sequel. I gave this book to my daughter to read and often it has been hard to get her to keep reading a book. Not with this one. She couldn't put it down and brought it in the ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What if you had a magic pen that made the stories you wrote come alive? I think many writers have fantasized this concept, and Christina Farley pulls it off in a fun middle grade adventure/mystery/ghost story. Keira's mom has never let her read fiction or write anything more than lists, but when she finds a mysterious pen and writes a fairytale with an unhappy ending, all sorts of havoc is released! Keira wins a stay at a real castle in France for entering her tale in a contest, but she, her mom ...more
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After teaching and living internationally for ten years in Seoul, South Korea, Christina started writing about her adventures, her school, and life. This inspired her to write the Gilded series, a YA series based on Korean mythology, THE PRINCESS & THE PAGE, a MG based on fairy tales, THE DREAM HEIST, and THE IMMORTAL SECRET.

Besides writing, Christina loves traveling, running, driving too fast, a

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