Princess DisGrace: A Royal Disaster

illus. by Kimberley Scott. 240p. (Princess Disgrace: Bk. 1). ebook available. Random. Jun. 2016. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780553537758; lib. ed. $15.99. ISBN 9780553537765.
Gr 3–5—This first book in a series features princesses both traditional and nontraditional. When Grace arrives as a first year student at the Tall Towers Princess Academy, she doesn't quite fit in. She is clumsy, messy, and unconcerned with the usual "princessy" ways. Most of the other girls make her a figure of mockery, though her two roommates see past her awkwardness to the good, funny, creative person inside. The Fairy Godmothers who run the school reflect the students' differing opinions of Grace. Reluctant readers who like a little princess power will devour this book, relating to its messy protagonist and chuckling at the supporting characters, such as Grace's unicorn, Billy.
VERDICT Grace is no precious or pretentious princess. Values such as honor, true friendship, and bravery shine through in this light but enjoyable read.

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