The Resource Garden Princess, Kristin Kladstrup

Garden Princess, Kristin Kladstrup

Label
Garden Princess
Title
Garden Princess
Statement of responsibility
Kristin Kladstrup
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Princess Adela sets eyes on Lady Hortensia's garden, she knows something is amiss. Every single flower is in bloom, and in the middle of October! Not only that, there is a talking magpie flitting about the garden and stealing the guests' jewels. Is it possible that Hortensia is a witch and the magpie an enchanted prince? And what of the flowers themselves? Will Adela get to the root of the mystery and nip trouble in the bud before it's too late?
Storyline
Award
Amelia Bloomer List, 2014
Review
  • Gr 4 – 7 — Everyone in the kingdom has heard about Lady Hortensia and her beautiful garden. The rumors say that every flower in it is always in bloom, but Princess Adela, a gardening expert and enthusiast, is sure that can't be true. When the princess's friend Garth receives a mysterious invitation to Hortensia's garden party, Adela arranges to accompany him. The plain-looking princess has never cared much for her looks, yet she can't help but notice that every guest is uncommonly beautiful or handsome. Wandering among flowers she knows shouldn't be in bloom, Adela learns the frightening secret of Hortensia's magic garden and finds herself in terrible danger. The story unfolds through the alternating viewpoints of Adela and Krazo, the enchanted magpie who manages to snag a few choice jewels from guests when he's not forced to do Hortensia's bidding. Short chapters keep the story moving, though the novel lacks well-developed characters and exploration of Hortensia's motives. Krazo has the most interesting character arc; while discerning readers will have guessed his identity early on, they will follow the story to see how his choices will affect the outcome. An intriguing backstory involving an ancestor of Adela's who banned belief in magic isn't pursued, but readers interested in a light romance with a touch of magic and mystery will find this a passable choice.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL --Amanda Raklovits (Reviewed March 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 3, p163)
  • Princess Adela's great-great-great grandfather thought he had declared an end to magic. In fact, the powerful Hortensia had driven all other practitioners away, leaving the field fertile for her own purposes. Now it is up to Adela to rescue the youth Hortensia has bewitched. Hortensia regularly hosts parties where she turns the most beautiful young women into eternally blooming flowers and men into besotted servants. Their bespelled families believe their children have chosen to stay and soon forget them. When plain Adela, an aspiring gardener longing to see Hortensia's gardens, crashes a party and witnesses Hortensia at work, she must take up the mantle of another of her ancestors. Informed by stories of King Ival's battles against evil and aided by a talking magpie, Adela discovers the root of Hortensia's power. The mythology of Ival's deeds is nicely interwoven with Adela's tale. Unvarnished storytelling, a solid back story and a strong cast of characters ground the tale. Children will readily identify with Adela's painful doubts about whether anyone will see the beauty and strength within her. For those willing to dig deeper, the magpie is the more interesting, complex character. If, ultimately, the message is a bit didactic, all will still cheer Adela's growth. An original fairy tale that will suit young romantics to a T. (Fantasy. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10177399
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kladstrup, Kristin
Index
no index present
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.K6767
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
Reading level
5.0
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gardens
  • Princesses
  • Witches
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Garden Princess, Kristin Kladstrup
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9780763656850
Lccn
2012943642
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Garden Princess, Kristin Kladstrup
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9780763656850
Lccn
2012943642
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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