Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey

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The Princess Aurore has had an unusual childhood. Cursed at birth, Aurore is fated to prick her finger at the age of sixteen and sleep for one hundred years — until a prince awakens her with a kiss. So, to protect her, Aurore's loving parents forbid any task requiring a needle.

Unable to sew or embroider like most little princesses, Aurore instead explores the castle grounds and beyond, where her warmth and generosity soon endear her to the townspeople. their devotion to the spirited princess grows as she does.

On her sixteenth birthday, Aurore learns that the impending curse will harm not only her, but the entire kingdom as well. Unwilling to cause suffering, she will embark on a quest to end the evil magic. The princess's bravery will be rewarded as she finds adventure, enchantment, a handsome prince, and ultimately her destiny


About Cameron Dokey

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Cameron Dokey is the author of nine Once upon a Time novels. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published January 1, 2002 by Simon Pulse. 208 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Children's Books. Fiction

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In this variation on the Sleeping Beauty story, the characters prove sympathetic and the setting romantic, but the lack of tension makes for a slow read.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Beauty Sleep

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Two stars may seem like a low grade, but in my book it ranks as “fair.” While it lasted, I enjoyed Belle, though it’s certainly not the best Dokey retelling in the Once Upon a Time collection.

Jun 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Beauty Sleep

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