Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

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When a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and wants to know, like, now if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you: a) run b) faint c) say yes! For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite c)--that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent, Meredith, explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula "Royal Rouge," she can transform temporarily into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right? Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don't know? Or when a princess's conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off--and you're sure she would want you to change his mind? In this hilarious, winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

About Lindsey Leavitt

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Lindsey Leavitt ( lives in Las Vegas with her husband and three small daughters.  Although she has been a substitute teacher and a homecoming princess, she has never been a substitute princess—yet. She’s still scanning the want ads….
Published May 4, 2011 by Disney Hyperion. 256 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt is an adorable story of a girl from Podunk Idaho (Sproutville, to be exact) who learns she has MP (magic potential) and is able to get a job as a stand-in for princesses who need a vacation.

Jan 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Princess for Hire

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However, amidst the "glamorous" life of princess substitution, Desi still experiences royal family drama and a bossy princess who wants Desi to take blame for ruining a wedding.

Aug 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Princess for Hire

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