The Resource The extra-ordinary princess, Carolyn.Q. Ebbitt

The extra-ordinary princess, Carolyn.Q. Ebbitt

Label
The extra-ordinary princess
Title
The extra-ordinary princess
Statement of responsibility
Carolyn.Q. Ebbitt
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Although Amelia, the youngest of the four princesses in Gossling, seems in all ways ordinary, she discovers that she has an important role to play in saving her kingdom from destruction
Award
Amelia Bloomer List, 2010
Review
  • Gr. 5-8 This debut combines fairy-tale traditions and twenty-first-century sensibilities in a story of Amelia, the youngest princess of Gosling, who feels decidedly ordinary, even though magic runs in her family. After a slow start, the book kicks into high gear with a mysterious plague, the deaths of the king and queen, the arrival of a long-lost great uncle (menacingly named Count Raven), an evil spell, and an immediate lockdown on all that is good in Gosling. It’s up to Amelia to rescue the kingdom, and she has only 40 days to do it. Ebbitt’s combination of traditional and modern is alternately jarring and refreshing. Peripheral plot threads meant to add conflict detract from, rather than enhance, the central story line and its themes about rising to the occasion. Readers will be easily absorbed, though, in the moments of genuine intrigue and compelling drama, and the relationship between the four sisters is convincing. This will appeal to fans of the genre who like their villains irredeemable and their heroines brave. -- Dean, Kara (Reviewed 05-15-2009) (Booklist, vol 105, number 18, p55)
  • Gr 5–8— Amelia, age 12 and the youngest of four princesses, feels that she is too ordinary to be royal. However, she's happy with her life and with the fact that she will never have to rule her kingdom. When a fatal illness strikes the land, the princesses are sent away. The queen and king fall victim to the illness, and an evil uncle is called upon to be king until the oldest princess becomes 18. He turns the three older sisters into a tree and two swans and wreaks havoc upon the kingdom. Amelia escapes his evil transformations, but realizes that it's up to her to save her kingdom. The story begins slowly but gathers momentum with many twists and turns. It contains numerous elements of the classic stories including the battle between good and evil, magic, and hidden identities. The characters are one-dimensional, the story is a bit too long, and the level of the vocabulary is uneven. However, the book would be enjoyed by younger students who read above grade level.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC --Nancy P. Reeder (Reviewed September 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 9, p156)
  • Twelve-year-old Amelia is the youngest of four princesses (the latest in a long line of White Queens, possessing gifts that are "a powerful blend of magic and something more"), growing up in the land of Gossling. Merrill, the eldest, is wise, and twins Lily and Rose are "great beauties," but Amelia is known only for her "non-princess ways" and unruly red hair ("If princesses were supposed to be so special, then there was something wrong with me," she says). When a plague sweeps their homeland and the king and queen perish, the girls' evil great-uncle attempts to seize the throne before Merrill turns 18. He casts spells on all of the sisters except Amelia, who must believe in her magical and human abilities in order to fulfill prophecies, break the spells and lead the citizens of Gossling against Count Raven and the Dark Ones. Ebbitt's debut sits halfway between fairy tale and fable. The characters' histories are enjoyably complex and the first-person narratives, told mostly from Amelia's POV, but occasionally alternating between other characters, inch the story toward the extra-ordinary. Ages 8—12. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed April 27, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 17, p)
  • Amelia is the youngest of four princesses, one of the White Queens. Her sisters have graces and talents, but Amelia is quite, quite ordinary and complains about it at every opportunity. When plague strikes, killing the king and queen, the princesses' sinister great-uncle steps in as regent, quickly transforming Amelia's older sisters into a tree and a pair of swans and paving the way for Amelia to find her own gifts. Little unfolds organically in this story: Things happen willy-nilly, and whenever something magical is needed, it drops in conveniently. Huge swaths of the history of the kingdom and the background of the White Queens and their evil stepbrother, Count Raven, are told through expository dialogue. Contemporary voices peek through this faux fairyland, the geography of which has as little logical consistency as the magic. For all this, Amelia is a sympathetic character with whom tweens waiting to come into their own can identify. Readers will appreciate her loving relationships with parents, godmother, sisters and stalwart friend. Alas, however, in the end it's all too ordinary. (Fantasy. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2009)
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323682
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ebbitt, C. Q
Index
no index present
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
6.3
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Princesses
  • Individuality
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The extra-ordinary princess, Carolyn.Q. Ebbitt
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Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9781599903408
Lccn
2008041101
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unmediated
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The extra-ordinary princess, Carolyn.Q. Ebbitt
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Copyright
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volume
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9781599903408
Lccn
2008041101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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