The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French
The First Tale from the Five Kingdoms (Tales from the Five Kingdoms)

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High above the mountain village of Fracture, trouble is brewing. The sorceress Lady Lamorna wants a skull-studded gown of deep black velvet, but her treasure chest is empty of gold. That doesn’t stop her, however, from kidnapping, blackmailing, and using more than a little magic to get what she needs. Will her plans be foiled by the heroic Gracie Gillypot, two chatty bats, a gallant (if scruffy) prince, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a grudge, and some very ancient crones?

About Vivian French

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Vivian French is the author of more than two hundred books, including the first four books in the Five Kingdoms series, as well as Polly's Pink Pajamas; Yucky Worms; Caterpillar, Caterpillar; Growing Frogs; T. Rex; A Present for Mom; and I Love You, Grandpa. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Published August 9, 2011 by Candlewick. 209 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Conceiving a burning desire for a new gown—black velvet, decorated with poison ivy, spider webs and skulls—wicked Lady Lamorna decides to pay for it by turning all the local princes into frogs and extracting ransoms from their royal parents.

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Take a bedraggled, evil sorceress with a dire need for gold and a dimwitted troll for a sidekick, an impish prince with a goody-two-shoes twin brother, a noble-hearted yet naïve young maiden and her conniving stepsister with a chip on her perfectly slim shoulder, throw them into a screwball fairy...

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