Sleeping Beauty by John Phythyon
A Modern Fairy Tale

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He wanted to save her. He got it all wrong.
Carl is the only one left. All Beth's friends were sad when she fell into a coma two years ago at the age of fourteen. But life moved on, and so did they. Except Carl. He still comes to see her. He still visits two to three times a week, talking to her and hoping she will wake.

Her mother Marie is insane. She stares constantly through a thick haze of cigarette smoke at Carl whenever he visits Beth, watching him, evaluating, plotting.

Marie knows the truth. She knows why Beth is in that coma. She knows it was Rex, Beth's father, who did it. She knows he hired a witch to cast a spell on her Pretty Princess until she is old enough to marry, until his hand-picked protégé wakes her with True Love's First Kiss.

But if whomever Rex chooses can break the curse, then so can Carl. He's loved Beth since he first met her in Sixth Grade. Marie knows. She has a plan. And maybe she's not as crazy as everyone thinks.

First, though, she'll have to convince Carl to believe in magic. Then she'll have to encourage him to defy Rex. That won't be easy. Rex hates Carl. He put Beth into that coma to keep Carl away from her. And Rex has a wicked temper.

Marie is determined, though. She's going to get her Sleeping Beauty back. And Carl is going to help . . . whether he likes it or not.

Can True Love's First Kiss really break the curse, or are darkness, insanity, and self-doubt too strong?

Set in modern times, "Sleeping Beauty" is a creepy reimagining of the original fairy tale. Much like ABC's Once Upon A Time, it offers a fresh look on an old story.

It explores what happens when parents go too far to protect their children. All parents struggle deciding when to hold on tightly to their children and when to let go. Rex and Marie get it all wrong. A cautionary tale, "Sleeping Beauty" reminds us there is a fine line between love and obsession, between care and cruelty.

About John Phythyon

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Published June 23, 2012 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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