The Resource Once upon a Marigold, Jean Ferris

Once upon a Marigold, Jean Ferris

Label
Once upon a Marigold
Title
Once upon a Marigold
Statement of responsibility
Jean Ferris
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father
Member of
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2003
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2003
Review
  • Gr. 5-8. Seventeen-year-old Christian has lived in a forest cave for 11 years with Ed the troll, who found him wandering in the woods as a child. When Christian turns his telescope on the nearby palace and falls in love with Princess Marigold, he wins her friendship through his carrier pigeon correspondence, a technological advance known as p-mail. But to win her heart and hand is another matter, one involving imprisonment in the dungeon, a surprising triumph of engineering, and the revelation of his royal lineage. Though this is a love story, it’s not the soppy sort. Winning characters, unabashedly lame jokes, and a fresh, energetic telling will appeal to boys and girls alike. And for traditionalists, the story features a true fairy-tale ending, with happiness for those who deserve it and justice for all. Ferris, whose Of Sound Mind (2001) and Eight Seconds (2000) dealt with more serious subjects in more complex ways, shows her versatility in this bright, entertaining romance with elements of fantasy, adventure, and humor. (Reviewed September 15, 2002) -- Carolyn Phelan
  • Gr 5-9 –As the cover proclaims, this story is truly "part everything-but-the-kitchen-sink." Readers first meet Chris when he is a strong-willed, clever child of six. He has run away from home, determined to live on his own in the forest. Edric, a troll, finds him and gives him shelter but cannot make him go back home, and Chris grows up with Edric and his dogs as his family, guided by an etiquette book found in the forest and Edric's own wisdom. As the boy grows, he continues his interest in inventing and watches the princess in the castle across the river. She is headstrong but lonely, and when Chris contacts her by carrier pigeon (or p-mail), they become best friends. When he takes work at the castle, there is no way that Chris, a commoner, can tell Marigold who he is, and he can only stand by as she is to be married to an unsuitable suitor. When he learns that her life is in danger, he must find a way to save her and the kingdom. This complex, fast-paced plot, a mixture of fantasy, romance, comedy, and coming-of-age novel, succeeds because these characters are compelling, well developed, and sympathetic. Quirky personalities and comic subplots give the story additional texture. Readers will be drawn into this world and be satisfied by the denouement. This blend of genres will appeal to a wide range of readers, and it's all great fun.–Shara Alpern, The Free Library of Philadelphia --Shara Alpern (Reviewed November 1, 2002) (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 11, p164)
  • In a gratifying fantasy that contains elements of classic fairy tales, Ferris (Love Among the Walnuts ) breathes new life into archetypal characters by adding unexpected and often humorous dimensions to their personalities. The protagonist, Christian, has been raised in the forest by a troll named Edric. As he nears manhood, Christian decides it is time to see the world—or at least the section across the river, where the lovely Princess Marigold resides. Having spent many hours gazing at Marigold through a telescope and corresponding with her by "p-mail" (letters sent by carrier pigeon), he has already felt the sting of Cupid's arrow by the time he lands a job in court. Marigold readily returns his affections, but unfortunately, she is about to become betrothed to Sir Magnus. Meanwhile, Marigold's evil mother, Queen Olympia, is plotting to murder both Marigold and her kindly, doting father, King Swithbert. Readers swept into the lighthearted spirit of this novel will likely not be bothered by the predictability of outcomes. As in fairy tales of old, jabs are made at social values and norms, and concepts of nobility and ignobility are painted in very broad strokes. Nonetheless, heroes and heroines emerge as convincing, well-rounded characters embodying flaws as well as virtues. Their foibles—Edric's tendency to mix up adages, Christian's stubborn streak and Marigold's penchant for "awful" jokes—make the good guys all the more endearing. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 28, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 43, p72)
  • Cold indeed is the heart not made warm by this bubbly fairy-tale romance. Raised by a kindly forest troll, Christian knows little of the world beyond what he can see through his telescope, but gazing upon a nearby castle, he falls head over heels for Princess Marigold. What chance has he, though, as a (supposed) commoner? When at last he nerves himself to send her a message via carrier pigeon, she answers and the courtship is on—via "p-mail" at first, then, after he lands a job as a castle servant, face to face. Setting numerous fairy-tale conventions just a bit askew, Ferris (Of Sound Mind, 2001, etc.) surrounds her two smart, immensely likable teenagers, who are obviously made for each other, with rival suitors, hyperactive dogs, surprising allies, and strong adversaries. The most notable among the last is devious, domineering Queen Olympia, intent on forcing Marigold into marriage with a penniless, but noble, cipher. The author gets her commonsensical couple to "I Do" through brisk palace intrigue, life-threatening situations, riotous feasting, and general chaos; Queen Olympia gets suitable comeuppance, and the festivities are capped by the required revelation that Christian is actually heir to the throne of neighboring Zandelphia. Fans of Gail Carson Levine's Princess Tales will be in familiar territory here, as well as seventh heaven. (Fiction. 11-13) (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
082254
Cataloging source
dp
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ferris, Jean
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 10 and up
  • 840L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 9
Reading level
5.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Upon a Marigold
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Princesses
  • Kings and rulers
  • Families
  • Trolls
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Once upon a Marigold, Jean Ferris
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
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
266 pages
Isbn
9780439577526
Lccn
2002000311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780152167912
Label
Once upon a Marigold, Jean Ferris
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
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
266 pages
Isbn
9780439577526
Lccn
2002000311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780152167912

Library Locations

    • Bayport-Blue Point Public LibraryBorrow it
      203 Blue Point Ave, Blue Point, NY, 11715, US
      40.749741 -73.035841
    • Central Islip Public LibraryBorrow it
      33 Hawthorne Avenue, Central Islip, NY, 11722, US
      40.795526 -73.195144
    • Half Hollow Hills Community LibraryBorrow it
      55 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills, NY, 11746, US
      40.803876 -73.360391
    • East Islip Public LibraryBorrow it
      381 E Main Street, 381 East Main Street, NY, 11730, US
      40.735575 -73.173381
    • Elwood Public LibraryBorrow it
      1929 Jericho Tpke, Elwood, NY, 11731, US
      40.838137 -73.3325100434101
    • Northport-East Northport Public Library - East NorthportBorrow it
      185 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY, 11731, US
      40.878082 -73.324623
    • Hampton Library in BridgehamptonBorrow it
      2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY, 11932, US
      40.937413 -72.302398
    • Huntington Public LibraryBorrow it
      338 Main Street, Huntington, NY, 11743, US
      40.87052 -73.430023
    • John Jermain Memorial LibraryBorrow it
      34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, NY, 11963, US
      41.00062 -72.30071
    • Northport-East Northport Public LibraryBorrow it
      151 Laurel Ave, Northport, NY, 11768, US
      40.896016 -73.337641
    • North Shore Public LibraryBorrow it
      250 Route 25A, Shoreham, NY, 11786, US
      40.941479 -72.867075
    • Port Jefferson Free LibraryBorrow it
      100 Thompson St, Port Jefferson, NY, 11777, US
      40.946867 -73.066533
    • Patchogue-Medford LibraryBorrow it
      54-60 E. Main St, Patchogue, NY, 11772, US
      40.76538 -73.013599
    • Rogers Memorial LibraryBorrow it
      91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton, NY, 11968, US
      40.886297 -72.393263
    • Sachem Public LibraryBorrow it
      150 Holbrook Rd, Holbrook, NY, 11741, US
      40.823146 -73.080982
    • South Huntington Public LibraryBorrow it
      145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station, NY, 11746, US
      40.822565 -73.391343
    • Smithtown LibraryBorrow it
      1 North Country Road, Smithtown, NY, 11787, US
      40.856664 -73.186524
    • West Islip Public LibraryBorrow it
      3 Higbie Lane, West Islip, NY, 11795, US
      40.697343 -73.306476
Processing Feedback ...