A Hidden Magic
by Vivian Vande Velde
humor ... fantasy ... adventure ... princesses
Publisher comments: Once upon a time there was a very nice but very plain princess named Jennifer, who, following proper fairy-tale protocol, fell for a very handsome but very conceited prince named Alexander. When Alexander offends a powerful witch, it falls to Jennifer to save him. In the course of doing so, she meets a wizard and soon wonders if shes such a proper fairy-tale princess after all--a good little princess would love Alexander, but does she?
Igraine the Brave
by Cornelia Funke
princesses ... knights/castles/dragons ... adventure ... fantasy ... magic
Princess Igraine dreams of becoming a famous knight just like her great grandfather, but the truth is, life at the family castle is rather boring. Until the nephew of the baroness-next-door shows up. He's got a dastardly plan to capture the castle and claim as his own the wonderful singing spell books that belong to Igraine's magician parents. To make matters worse, at the very moment of the siege, her mom and dad botch a spell, turning themselves into pigs! Aided by a Gentle Giant and a Sorrowful Knight, it's up to Igraine to be brave and save the day--and the books!
The Royal Diaries Series (age 9-12)|
princesses ... letters/journal ... historical
Each novel in diary form follows the life of a royal figure from the past. Sometimes tragic, always exciting, these stories recall pivotal moments from history.
title: Anastasia, the Last Grand Duchess by Carolyn Meyer F MEY
title: Cleopatra VII, Daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory F GRE
title: Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine by Kristiana Gregory F GRE
title: Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor by Kathryn Lasky F LAS
title: Isabel: Jewel of Castilla by Carolyn Meyer F MEY
title: Jahanara, Princess of Princesses by Kathryn Lasky F LAS
title: Kaiulani: the People's Princess by Ellen Emerson White F WHI
title: Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South by Laurence Yep F YEP
title: Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles by Kathryn Lasky F LAS
title: Nzingha, Warrior Queen of Matamba by Patricia C. McKissack F MCK
title: Victoria, May Blossom of Britannia by Anna Kirwan F KIR
by Bruce Coville
princesses ... adventure ... fantasy ... knights/castles/dragons
A brave squire, an earnest page, and a strong-willed princess set out, each for individual reasons, to try to slay the dragon created to carry out a witch's revenge.
The Wizard of Oz Series (age 9-12)|
by L. Frank Baum
princesses ... voyages/journeys ... friendship ... fantasy
They're off to read the Wizard--the original, imaginative American tale written by Frank L. Baum just over a century ago. All the beloved characters are here, along with the splendid Emerald City and the shoes with unparalleled power.
title: The Wizard of Oz