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Murdock, Catherine Gilbert 
New York : Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008
ISBN 0618959718 
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Princess Benís life is tragically changed during a series of unfortunate incidences; her uncle and her mother are killed, and her father disappears. Ben, now the kingdomís heir, is relegated to the castle where resides her aunt Sophia, whose goal in life, outside of teaching Ben the ins and outs of being heir to the throne, is making her life miserable. Just when Ben has had all that she can take, she discovers a hidden wizardís room in the top spire of the castle where she is being kept and begins teaching herself, using the enchanted spell books she finds there. Upon hearing of a possible engagement, the threat of war, and still dealing with a missing father, Ben decides to use her magic to put her world back together. Flying on broomsticks and fighting dragons is nothing to this spunky, courageous young woman whose story grows more and more enchanting with each page. 
Prepared by: Jen Seay for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees, 2010-2011
SUBJECTS:     Fairy tales.
                        Princesses -- Fiction.
                        Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Courts and courtiers -- Fiction.
                        Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Fiction.

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