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Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror

Written by Natasha Farrant

Illustrated by Lydia Corry

Family / Home Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 9+ readers Short Stories

LoveReading View on Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror

Here are eight princesses for the Rebel Girls generation: bold, empowered, full of curiosity, adventure and determined to be true to themselves

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021

Natasha Farrant's original stories are set in different times all around the world, blending modern and traditional storytelling with glowing full colour illustrations by debut artist Lydia Corry in a glorious gift book. 

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Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror Synopsis

'Mirror, mirror on the wall... what makes a princess excellent?'

An enchantress flings her magic mirror into our universe. Reflected in it are princesses who refuse to be pretty, polite or obedient. Through the centuries and around the world these girls are fierce, brave, and determined to do the rescuing themselves.

The desert princess protects her people from the king with the black and gold banner.

The forest princess takes a crocodile for a pet.

An island princess explores the high seas.

A mountain princess puts kindness above being royal.

And in a tower-block in a city, Princess saves her community garden from the hands of urban developers.

Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror Press Reviews

'The author deftly weaves the arc of the mirror's fantastic journey into each girl's journey of self-discovery ... Best of all, though the mirror is a device, it is not a gimmick thanks to the author's engaging plot and the illustrator's evocatively playful, full-colored drawings that border each story.These tales are enchanting in both their realness and their whimsy' Kirkus

'This collection of original stories about princesses who are bold, empowered, full of curiosity, adventure and determined to be true to themselves will appeal to those ready to move beyond Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and company ... Perfect for newly independent readers' Barbara Braxton (Teacher Librarian)

'No fewer than eight timely and timeless young female royals pick up the tale's thread of dauntless independence ... The results are unpredictable, exuberant, fascinating. For girls with a mind of their own and for boys who might want to understand why girls are different, and so very much just like themselves' Bookanista

'Tales of empowerment and bravery, with nuggets of wisdom for any little princesses who may need a boost to their own self-confidence' Evening Echo

'A glorious adventure' Metro

'A thrilling adventure' The Times, Children's Book of the Week

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ISBN: 9781788541169
Publication date: 05/03/2020
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788541169
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: Natasha Farrant
Illustrator: Lydia Corry
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Short Stories

About Natasha Farrant

Natasha Farrant has worked in children’s publishing for almost twenty years, running her own literary scouting agency for the past ten. She is the author of the Carnegie longlisted and Branford Boase shortlisted YA historical novel The Things We Did For Love, as well as two successful adult novels. She grew up in London where she still lives with her husband, their two daughters and a large tortoiseshell cat. She is the eldest of four siblings and has never dyed her hair pink. Photo credit © Sam Armstrong.

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