Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s talents for storytelling and creating strong female characters take a fresh turn in this spirited and sophisticated fairy tale.

Benevolence is not your typical princess.
With her parents lost to assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia. Starved and miserable, locked in the castle’s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Ben’s private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat to her kingdom. Can Ben save the country and herself from foul tyranny?

*“[A] deliciously frothy fairy tale.”—Horn Book Magazine, starred review

*“The wild adventure, intricately imagined setting, memorable characters, and romance will charm readers, especially fans of Gail Carson Levine’s Fairest.”—Booklist, starred review   This ebook includes a sample chapter of WISDOM'S KISS.

About Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Catherine Murdock grew up on a small farm in Connecticut and now lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, two brilliant unicycling children, several cats, and a one-acre yard that she is slowly transforming into a wee, but flourishing ecosystem. She is the author of several books, including the popular Dairy Queen series starring lovable heroine D. J. Schwenk,  Princess Ben, and Wisdom's Kiss.
Published May 4, 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 353 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History. Fiction

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Princess Benevolence isn’t a run-of-the-mill spoiled princess.

May 05 2008 | Read Full Review of Princess Ben

Publishers Weekly

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Murdock (Dairy Queen ) reworks now standard elements of the modern fairy tale—reluctant princess, haughty prince, evil queen, portentous prophesies—for this frothy coming-of-age story.

Apr 07 2008 | Read Full Review of Princess Ben


Catherine Gilbert Murdock creates Princess Ben (2008) and a main character who shares parts of her story with the more famous princess of traditional fairy tales.

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Murdock says she filled Princess Ben with the things she loved as a child—and still does.

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Teen Reads

The queen takes it upon herself to prepare Ben for her royal responsibilities, enrollling her in a no-nonsense crash course --- including language, etiquette and sewing lessons, all of which Ben despises --- and putting her on a strict diet to try to slim out her rather rounded figure.

Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Princess Ben

Common Sense Media

Indeed, Princess Ben is a real girl's princess;

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