Bridesmaid-In-Training by Meg Cabot


Written by Meg Cabot
Part of the Notebooks of a Middle-school Princess Series

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May 2016 Book of the Month Being a bridesmaid is a dream come true for lots of young girls, but imagine if you were going to be bridesmaid to a real princess! Life changed hugely for twelve-year old Olivia when she discovered that she was half-sister to Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia. In this book Mia is at last about to marry her sweetheart Michael and preparations for the Genovian wedding of the century are underway. It?s chaos of course, and Olivia is right in the middle trying to keep everyone calm. She has trials of her own too, like starting school at the Royal Genovian Academy, not to mention a host of new cousins and royal hangers-on to cope with, some of whom are decidedly snobby. This spin-off series to the best-selling Princess Diaries is perfect for younger readers, a fairytale adventure but full of real warmth and genuine human emotions. Charming! ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sidney Greenslade, age 11 - 'A funny story of an average girl who finds out she has a not-so-average-family! Hilarious!'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 9 - 'One of my favourite books at the moment!'
  • Molly Betts, age 9 - 'Is Olivia Grace a princess, or not? This book is interesting because Olivia goes on an adventure.'
  • Hannah Baer, age 11 - 'the book was great and I could read it a few times without being bored.'
  • Grace Ward, age 11 - 'When I first got this book I thought, ‘this is definitely not my type of book’. I was wrong. From the first page I was hooked.'
  • Daisy Theobald, age 12 - 'I love Meg Cabot's books and I hope she brings put a sequel maybe showing Olivia when she is older.'
  • Charlotte Rosevear, age 11 - 'I found this book hilarious!'
  • Amisha McCrystal, age 13 - 'Olivia Grace is Not a Princess is a very catchy but very funny novel filled with "How To Be A Princess Stuff".'
  • Shannon McCluskey, age 13 - 'I loved the way the story unfolded telling us all about Olivia’s life. This was a great novel to read.'
  • Evie Aconley, age 8 - 'Olivia Grace is a great character in this book about a middle school princess, she gets up to all sorts of things which makes for a very funny story.'
  • Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 13 - 'Olivia Grace is just a normal/average everyday girl.....or is she? I enjoyed reading this book and would definitely read it again.'
  • Emily Golding, age 7 & ¾ - 'I liked this book because it was about princesses and this story told me how difficult it might be to find out that you are a princess when you thought you were ordinary.'


Bridesmaid-In-Training by Meg Cabot

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison still finds it hard to believe that she's a princess! Not only does she get to live in an actual palace with her newly discovered family and two fabulous poodles, but she also gets her very own pony! Of course, not everything is going exactly as she imagined ...her half-sister, Mia, is very busy learning how to run the country while trying to plan a wedding, and her father is getting remarried himself - to Mia's mother! - and spends most of his time 'renovating' the summer palace, although Grandmere says he is just hiding from the wedding madness. Olivia hardly gets to see either of them.

Fortunately Grandmere has her own plans for Mia's wedding, and needs Olivia's help to pull them off. Just when Olivia starts to think that things are going to work out after all, the palace is invaded by a host of new cousins and other royals who all seem to be angry at Olivia (although Grandmere says they are just jealous). As the day of the wedding gets closer and closer, Olivia becomes more and more worried. For such a carefully planned event, it seems as if a LOT of things are going wrong...

Can Olivia keep this royal wedding from becoming a royal disaster? Olivia chronicles her transformation from ordinary girl to princess in her notebook, with illustrations from author Meg Cabot, who studied Fine Arts as an undergraduate.

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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288 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

21st April 2016




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