The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry

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Princess Patricia Priscilla is bored with her royal life and the excitement surrounding her sixteenth birthday ball. Doomed to endure courtship by three grotesquely unappealing noblemen, she escapes her fate—for a week. Disguised as a peasant, she attends the village school as the smart new girl, “Pat,” and attracts friends and the attention of the handsome schoolmaster. Disgusting suitors, lovable peasants, and the clueless king and queen collide at the ball, where Princess Patricia Priscilla calls the shots. What began as a cure for boredom becomes a chance for Princess Patricia Priscilla to break the rules and marry the man she loves.


About Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry is an award-winning author who has written many popular books for young adults. She was twice the recipient of the Newbery Medal, for Number the Stars and for The Giver. The author lives in Cambridge, MA.
Published April 12, 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 197 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Five days before her 16th Birthday Ball, at which she’s expected to choose her future husband, Princess Patricia Priscilla borrows her chambermaid’s homespun dress, braids her curls and sheds her shoes to escape the palace and masquerade as peasant girl “Pat” in the village school.

Mar 15 2010 | Read Full Review of The Birthday Ball

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The climactic birthday ball features a neat resolution to the characters’ problems and includes a reunion of long-lost siblings that is downright Shakespearean.

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Lowry uses her knack for cleverly turning familiar stories on their heads (last seen in The Willoughbys ) in this tale about a princess who's utterly bored with privileged palace life.

Feb 15 2010 | Read Full Review of The Birthday Ball


THE BIRTHDAY BALL should be required reading for girls (and boys) who have grown up surrounded by princess pop culture and who might need a reminder that princesses can aspire to all sorts of dreams --- and still find true love on the way.

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