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The Princess Diaries

Written by Meg Cabot
Part of the The Princess Diaries Series

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The first in the hugely successful Meg Cabot series featuring Mia, a very normal 14 year old Manhatten school girl, who is suddenly pitched into being Princess Mia of the priniciplity of Genovia with everything at her finger tips - except perhaps the love of her life. Her diaries over a five year period have been enjoyed by millions of children worldwide and now with the culmination of the series, we felt it was time to bring them all together to ensure that a new generation doesn’t miss out on them. There are 10 titles culminating in the final Princess Diaries, Ten out of Ten, which features Princess Mia, aged 18 and they have been reissued with new covers to celebrate 15 years since first publication.

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  • Louise Allen - 'The Princess Diaries is a fun read. Meg Cabot takes you on a journey through the life of Mia, a regular girl just trying to keep her head down to get through the pressures of being a teenager at school! Mia however is thrown a major curve ball when she finds out that she is actually the Princess of Genovia! Being a princess is clearly not all that it is cracked up to be and Mia doesn't exactly embrace her new role. With a pushy Grandmother, arguing parents, annoying class members and a fall out with her best friend, Mai has a lot to deal with. This book will have you cringing and chuckling in equal measure and is perfect for wannabe princesses from about 11 years of age. A good light hearted book. Thumbs up!'


The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

'You're not Mia Thermopolis any more, honey,' Dad said. 'You're Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo. Princess of Genovia.' A PRINCESS?? ME??? Yeah. Right.

One minute Mia's a totally normal Manhattan fourteen-year-old. Next minute she's heir to the throne of Genovia, being trailed by a bodyguard, taking princess lessons with her uncontrollable old grandmere, and having a makeover with someone called Paolo. Well, her dad can lecture her till he's royal blue in the face, but no way is Mia going to turn herself into a style-queen. And they think she's moving to Genovia? Er, hello?


'Hilarious... reading her journal is like reading a note from your best friend... an off-the-wall sense of humour that will have readers laughing out loud.' -- Booklist Booklist

About the Author

Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot is the author of The Princess Diaries series as well as several other novels for teenagers. Her books have sold millions of copies round the world - and two million in the UK alone.

Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana, to college professor C. Victor and Barbara Cabot. In 1991, Cabot received a B.A. from Indiana University.

Meg Cabot married financial writer and poet Benjamin D. Egnatz on April 1, 1993. Their wedding date (April Fool’s Day) was a deliberate play on her husband's belief that only fools get married in the first place. The wedding was actually an elopement in Italy. Her novel Every Boy's Got One is loosely based on her own elopement.

Before she published her first book, Meg worked as an assistant dorm manager at New York University. After living in Indiana, California, New York, and France, she now currently resides in Key West, Florida. with her husband and one-eyed cat, Henrietta.

In May 2006, the Harvard Crimson released reports that 19-year-old author Kaavya Viswanathan borrowed passages from Cabot's Princess Diaries series, and other books, to place in her novel How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life. Viswanathan's novels were subsequently pulled from the shelves.

Cabot has also written many books for teens, including The Princess Diaries series, which has won many awards, and her recently completed series, The Mediator.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

2nd July 2015




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