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McKinley, Robin
New York : Putnam's Sons, 2000
ISBN 0399234667
We have all heard about the curse on Sleeping Beauty: she would prick her finger on a spinning wheel spindle when she turned 21, fall into a poisoned sleep, and die. We all know that a magic kiss woke her up. We don't know what her life was like up to that moment.

Robin McKinley has imagined a whole world full of magic (so much magic that it's a nuisance), friends, boy friends, talking animals and lurking danger. In this world Rosie (the princess who has been rescued and hidden as a baby) grows up. She's not your typical princess! She is a tomboy who learns how to shoe horses and says what she thinks. Her friend Peony looks more like a princess and when the evil fairy Pernicia gets too close they try to fool her about which girl is the real princess.

You'll love they way Rosie can talk to animals. You'll wonder if the right girl will end up with the right boy. And who will receive the magic kiss from whom?
(Karen Kargel, Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award, 2003)

SUBJECTS:     Fairy tales.
                        Princesses --Fiction.
                        Fairies -- Fiction.
                        Good and evil -- Fiction.


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