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When she was a child, Joey Kinkaid, assigned as a boy at birth—wearing Mom’s purple sundress and an imaginary crown—ruled the Baker Street neighborhood with a flair and imagination that kept the other kids captivated. Day after day, she led them on fantastic after-school adventures, but those innocent childhood days are over, and the magic is gone. The princess is alone.

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ebook, 1st edition, 180 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Harmony Ink Press
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Danielle's
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Joey is a guy who wants to be a girl. The story is told from Eric’s point of view. He’s a guy that wants to stay under the radar. He has his own problems and doesn’t want to be noticed. Growing up Joey was the life and soul of the neighbourhood, but school can be cruel. Joey is different and an outcast in middle school. Nobody sticks up for Joey, not even Joey. She’s the butt of all the jokes and people tend to avoid her. This includes Eric who actually really likes her. The book flashes back to ...more
Shirley
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
First, this is my 3rd Mia Kerick read and there's something I've just gotta say... My first read by this author was The Art of Hero Worship. The next was Scarred. In each book so far, the "voices" of the characters were totally unique and fit those characters perfectly. I have to admit that when I first started Scarred, it kind of threw me, but the more I read, the more I realized that there was no better way to portray those characters. By the time I got to The Princess of Baker Street, I expec ...more
Candyce Kirk
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the summary of this book, I never thought I would read the book that I did. The Princess of Baker Street is told by Eric. He's in middle school and doesn't have the easiest life at home. Ever since his grandmother moved to a home, things haven't been the same. He's just trying to stay under the radar, even if that means he can't support his best friend who is being bullied daily.

Joey was always the princess of the street they lived on. During this story, Eric remembers different th
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Faith Simon
Sep 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
K so uhhh I’m stupid and didn’t know that files from netgalley expire after awhile, so guess who ain’t reading this any time soon? I’m sad :/
Kayleigh Brindley
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 4-stars, lgbt
Review to follow....
LitPick Book Reviews
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When they were younger, Joey was the Princess of Baker Street and Eric was her knight, and it was perfectly normal. But as they got older, the kids of Baker Street started to realize that there was something different about Joey, something strange about a boy pretending to be a princess, and not all of them liked it. Middle school is a battlefield, and Eric is doing his best to avoid calling attention to himself and his shaky living situation. Unfortunately, Joey doesn’t get the memo, and repeat ...more
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Princess of Baker Street by Mia Kerick is a touching story about two young teens journeys to find themselves, and to find acceptance. Back in elementary school, Eric and Joey used to be friends. Children grow up though, and what a child accepts, teenagers don't. The Baker Street kids, who all used to be Joey's friends, have turned on her and taken to bullying their former friend. All because Joey, male on the outside, identifies as female. She dresses and acts accordingly.

Eric's just trying to
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Lynda Dickson
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 12+
Shelves: young-adult
Eric and Joey have been friends all their lives, but things change when they start middle school. Joey defies gender norms and has always been a bit of a princess. Eric decides it’s time to ditch him for a more popular crew, the jocks, which includes Travis, also once Joey’s childhood friend but now his biggest bully. Eric has problems of his own, but Joey takes most of the attention off him and he can hide in plain sight. Eric’s home situation goes from bad to worse, while his relationship with ...more
Stephanie
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The kids of Baker Street grew up playing together to the fanciful games thought up by Joey Kinkaid. Joey was called the Princess of Baker Street since his games often included Joey in a princess dress being rescued by his best friend, Eric Sinclair. Now, the kids of Baker Street are in Eighth grade and things have changed, the four friends have found themselves in separate cliques. Eric has opted for the route of survival, especially since is mom isn't often around. Eric hangs around with his fr ...more
Tynea Lewis
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When they were younger, Joey was the Princess of Baker Street and Eric was her knight, and it was perfectly normal. But as they got older, the kids of Baker Street started to realize there was something different about Joey, something strange about a boy pretending to be a princess, and not all of them liked it.
Middle school is a battlefield, and Eric is doing his best to avoid calling attention to himself and his shaky living situation. Unfortunately, Joey doesn’t get the memo and repeatedly
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Sarah
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is the story of two childhood best friends whose relationship is nearly destroyed by social pressures in Middle School. While Eric is determined to make himself as invisible at school, Joey finds it impossible to keep pretending to be a boy.

This story is told from Eric’s perspective and I kinda love that he isn’t a hero - he’s just a kid trying to survive Middle School without drawing attention to himself or his incr
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United Indie Book Blog
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Princess of Baker Street, it is heart breaking at times but hopeful. The characters are likable and even with hitting hard topics its handle well. I like that we got to see what is happening in each child's home, letting us see that everyone is struggling even if we don't see it on the outside. Middle school is killer anyways but harder when you are different and don't mind the attention. This is my first Mia Kerick read and I liked her fast-paced writing that transitions well and ...more
Annabel
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really blew me away! I'll write a better review soon!
Anita
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was written by my 15 yr old daughter and it's amazing how Mia Kerick seems to have hit the spot for her in the way it was relevant to events happening in her life at present.

It was relatable. Eric didn't want to stand out in school and the things going through his mind with him questioning about his sexuality or his friendships was very close to what we think about in school now. The way he wouldn't talk to adults is also something that happens these days and the fact that it wasn't just hi
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Ceillie Simkiss
Jan 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I do not recommend this, especially to trans readers.
Read my full review here!
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Debbier
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! Highly recommend this book. So sensitively written.
Elley Murray
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This book was really difficult to get into because it's told from the POV of Eric, an 8th grader who isn't the "sharpest tool in the shed," as his mom tells him. As such, it reads the way an 8th grader might speak, so the grammar is not great which at times made this book paaaaaainfullllll. Maybe if I was still in 8th grade (and not 33 years old...) I'd have found it less painful. I'm really glad I stuck with it though, because this book has several great messages and a really great story, and I ...more
Steff Pasciuti
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I was genuinely shocked at how dark Mia Kerick's The Princess of Baker Street was. For some reason, with such a light and happy title, I had genuinely expected there to be a lot less as far as the miserable situations went. And yet the story focuses largely around two characters, young Eric whose mother has run out on him and left the boy to fend for himself as far as food, cleaning, and electricity are concerned and Joey, who is certain that she is a girl who's been born
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Grady
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘It made me forget he was Joey – I really thought he was a girl who had everything’

If ever there were a time for the books of Mia Kerick it is now. The talented author has twenty novels to her name: she works for a publishing company committed to expanding the availability of books for teens featuring diverse characters, including those on the LGBTQ spectrum. Her YA novels deal with vital contemporary issues such as coming out, body image, bullying, gender identity, and spirituality. In THE PRIN
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Diverse
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jenn for Diverse Reader

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This book tore my heart up in the best ways. Sweet Joey Kincaid is born in a boy’s body, but is a girl in all the ways that truly matter. Joey’s early years are spent joyfully playing Princess Ariel with all the kids on his street with Eric Sinclair as his very own Prince Eric.

These are the happiest of days filled with his friends and make believe. Then middle school comes...the worst years in a kid’s life in my opinion. Soci
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Ashley
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5 I adored this book so much. Each of the characters had an interesting and tumultuous time in their lives, definitely coming of age. Loved the different parts of the book, I was assuming it would be a longer time difference between "parts" but it really wasnt so it picked right up where it left up and I'm so happy for each of the characters, honestly, such a great book and totally something I had never read before!
Seema Rao
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adorable ~ Truthful ~ Necessary

tl;dr: ABAB girl and her friend deal with transition and high school

I can't recommend this sweet book enough. The short novel is a wonderful book about friendship and family, in the end. The two main characters are lifelong friends. One person has always been effeminate but then transitions. Her friend Eric is there to help through the difficulties a gender transition can cause. This is a bit of a romance and a bit of a book about gender transition, but it really i
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Thomas Bruso
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Princess of Baker Street by Mia Kerick

Mia Kerick’s profound new novel, “The Princess of Baker Street,” is a story with a big heart.

Eric Sinclair and Joey Kinkaid, a.k.a. Prince Eric and Princess Ariel, have been best friends for a long time.

Eric feels hopeless after being abandoned by his mother, and Joey struggles with his identity, trapped inside a different body than his own.

A life-changing incident at Wild Acres Middle School changes the course of both of their lives. Joey is met with hostility when he arrives at school wear
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Mia Kerick
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Here is Jack Magnus's Review for Readers’ Favorite

The Princess of Baker Street is a young adult coming of age novel written by Mia Kerick. Eric Sinclair and Joey Kinkaid had always been best friends, and they were the focal point of the Baker Street gang, five kids who ran and played and pursued a grand fantasy of the imagination. Joey was their Princess Ariel, and the gang had no issue with that, until they all got a little bit older. Now that they were in middle school, however, Travis and Lil
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Raathi Chota
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley who approved my request and provided me with this ARC of The Princess of Baker Street by Mia Kerick, it’s clearly not what I’d expected. In no way does the process of how I received this book, influence my opinion.

The Princess of Baker Street follows the story of thirteen-year-old Eric Sinclair as he tells us about his childhood best friend, Joey. At birth, Joey was identified as a male, but he’s always felt like a girl. The games they used to play, how he dressed up and
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Julie (Struck by Stories)
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

You guys know that feeling where you want to love a book so much, but it just doesn't quite click? Well, that was this book. When I went into this book, I expected to fall in love with it instantly. The title, cover, and synopsis *all* had me hooked! Unfortunately, the book didn't live up to that in the exact way that I had wanted.

Before I go into that too much though, let's just start with the synopsis. Joey Kinkaid has never really fit in. He was born as a boy, but do
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Cristina
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Birdie O
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mia Kerick’s Princess of Baker Street is a heart-wrenching story about acceptance and bullying. The blurb is a bit misleading, though. I’m not sure why, but I thought that the story would focus mainly on Joey…on the journey s/he goes through. Instead, the reader finds themselves dropped into the mind of Eric.

The mental gymnastics Eric goes through are extremely relatable and understanding. Even if we were Joey growing up, we were also Eric. Eric is the every-kid character, in that he isn’t the a
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
The Princess of Baker Street is an emotional story about a young girl who was born a boy. She doesn't fit in, gets bullied, and yet she tries to remain true to herself, even when faced with opposition. The whole story is told from the viewpoint of Eric. He was once her best friend - when she could wear dresses and not be judged for it; when she could be a princess without condemnation. However, life has changed for both of them now they are in middle school, and Eric can't be with her now as he ...more
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and rev
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