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Cabot, Meg
New York : HarperCollins, 2000.
ISBN 0060292105

(4 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

(Pretend to be writing in diary)
Thursday, October 2
Penguin House, Central Park Zoo

I'm so freaked out I can barely write. But I have to get this down exactly the way it happened. Otherwise, when I wake up tomorrow I might think it was just a nightmare. But it wasn't a nightmare. It was REAL!

When I woke up this morning, I was just Mia Thermopolis. Fourteen year old, five foot nine, flat-chested freshman freak at Albert Einstein High School. But everything changed when I met my dad for High tea today at the Plaza Hotel. First, he starts telling me how he is the Prince of Genovia,
And how I am not Mia Thermopolis anymore. Now I'm Ameilia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Princess of Genovia! Then he tells me that I have to take princess lessons from my Grandmere (the Dowager Princess) AND I have to move to Genovia! Okay. I am so NOT a princess!
I've never seen anyone who was LESS of a princess than I am. My life is so totally over! I don't know what to do.
(Look up at audience to ask this question):
What would you do if you were me?
(Continue writing in diary)
I do know that I am NOT moving to Genovia!
(Now address audience)
If you've ever imagined what it would be like to be royalty, sneak a peek
inside the diary of a real princess in The Princess Diaries, Princess in the Spotlight & Princess in Love  by Meg Cabot. See if being a modern day princess is as great as you'd think it would be.   (Virginia L. Wright,

Booktalk #2

I'm so freaked out I can barely write. But I have to get this down exactly the way it happened. Otherwise, when I wake up tomorrow I might think it was just a nightmare. But it wasn't a nightmare. It was REAL!

I just found out my Dad is the Prince of Genovia. I think that I could deal with that, but then he kept asking me if I really understood what he was telling me. I guessed a few things. Dad could tell that he had me stumped. So then he dropped the bombshell on me. "You are not Mia Thermopolis anymore, honey." I raised my head and said, "I'm not, then who am I?" He then went on to say," You're Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Princess of Genovia!"


Yeah!! Right!!

I am practically the biggest freak in high school. Let's face it, I am fourteen years old, five foot nine, flat-chested and a freshman who is flunking algebra and I have never ever had a date ever. How much more of a freak could I be! And now I am a Princess!

I am so not a Princess that when Dad started telling me that I was one, I started crying. I could see my face getting all splotchy, like it does in PE whenever we play dodge ball and I get hit. You never saw a Princess with really bad hair, that isn't curly or straight. It's sort of triangular; I look like a Yield Sign. It isn't blonde or brunette, it's in the middle as in mousy brown or dishwater blonde. I am smart but still not smarter that my hair. I have a really big mouth and feet that looked like skis; they grew a half-inch just last month.

Then he said "that he was so sorry, and that it wasn't that bad, that I would like living at the palace in Genovia with him and that I could come back and visit my little friends as often as I wanted." That's when I lost it. I said in a really loud voice in the middle of the dining room of the Plaza, " I AM NOT MOVING TO GENOVIA," My Dad looked kind of shocked, He said But Mia, I thought you understood. And then I fired back, "All I understand is that you lied to me my whole life. I stood up real fast and ran out the door. I ran past the big fountain with the gold statues, past all the traffic, right into Central Park where it was getting dark and cold and spooky. I went to the Central Park Zoo and sat down in the penguin house and started writing in my journal. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO??? I can't move to Genovia, Who would look after Fat Cat? My Mom can't. She forgets to feed herself.

What Am I Going to DO???????
Marilyn Bunker for The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award

Booktalk #3

I admit it. When I was little, and sometimes in my current I-must-not-be-human teenage years, I've wanted to be a princess. Every little girl wants to be a princess at some point, right? The dresses, the dancing, and living happily ever after with some gorgeous hunk of a prince? Getting dressed would be a snap: a fairy godmother and a bunch of cute little animals get you ready for a party.

Right, like that'd happen.

Dresses never look right on me, at least they never look like they do in the magazines. I'm tall enough, too tall in fact, but built like your average coat rack. Pathetic when the dress actually looks better on the hanger than it does on you. I'm smart, but still not smarter than my own hair, which has a mind of its own. My feet are WAY too big, and I'm always tripping over them.

Think how bad life would be in glass slippers - your feet would smell and you'd have no traction, so you'd slip and fall walking on those fancy red carpets. Then you'd have all those glass shards to deal with. I'll take my Doc Martens any day. No way could a bunch of happy bunnies make me princess material, even with a DOZEN magic wands.

Okay, but the gorgeous hunk of a prince? I'd still go for that. But I don't believe in happily ever after. You see, my parents split up early on, and life is better that way. I'm a lot closer to my mom. She's kind of a crazy painter, but I like having a mom who isn't convinced minivans are the ultimate in sporty transport.

Dad is a little harder to get to know, always distracted on the rare occasions when I see him. I know he loves me, but I'm never sure where I rank on his list of priorities. My parents are disappointed that I come from a *broken home*, but they had to break up. They still like each other; they just can't live with each other. We're all better off because they aren't married, if you know what I mean.

So I know life doesn't always turn out like you planned. Sometimes it turns out better, sometimes worse. But this is ridiculous. Mom's dating my LEAST favorite teacher, the cutest boy at school KNOWS I'm a geek, and Dad chooses this time to spring a little family secret on me? "Oh, by the way, you are a royal princess. Someday you will run the country of Genovia."

Right, like that'd happen.
Mary McCarthy for The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award

Booktalk #4

                    In the book Princess Diaries there is a teenage girl named Mia.  Who has a normal teenage life in a house with her mom and is about to live with her math teacher. But has no idea that her life is about to change forever.
                        The lesson that is learned from this story is that don't always get use to the way that things are because you might not know when your life is going to change forever and then you won't be use to the way you live.
                        The reader will get excited and won't want to stop on reading this book on how exciting the book is and how much drama the book has this book is really good written book.
                    The reason that I like this book is because the author writes about what can happen in someone's teenage life. She also knows how to describe what a teenager can go through in his/her high school life.  (Karina   L.,  student)

SUBJECTS:     Princesses -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Identity -- Fiction.
                        Diaries -- Fiction.
                        New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.


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