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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (543 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois Lowry Narrator: Elissa Steel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bored, bored, bored. It’s all Princess Patricia Priscilla can think as her sixteenth birthday approaches. It’s less than a week before the Birthday Ball, where she will choose her husband from a group of unappealing suitors.


But things around the kingdom get pretty interesting when Princess Patricia Priscilla disguises herself as a peasant and starts attending the village school. She may not be spending her days in the comfort of the castle, clothed in silk, but at least life in the village is fun. It doesn’t hurt that the new schoolmaster is young and handsome.

In this tale of mistaken identity, creamed pigeons, and young love, the two-time Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry compares princesses to peasants and finds them to be exactly the same in all the important ways.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginger | 2/6/2014

    " A fun, obnoxious comedy. Princess Patricia Priscilla is turning 16 and must choose a husband from three suitors (or is it four?) at her birthday ball: Duke Desmond of Dyspepsia, ugly and rich; Counts Colin and Cuthbert of Coagulatia, the conjoint twins, full of arguments and body humor jokes; and Prince Percival of Pustula, vain and dandruffy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan Farley | 2/3/2014

    " Though she insisted that we finish it, I don't think Helen really understood or cared about what was happening in the story. It probably would have been better if we had read it in a couple of years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/1/2014

    " It was cute, but the whole time, I kept expecting ... more. I mean, it's Lois Lowry! Author of The Giver and The Willoughbys and Number the Stars! This was just a cutesy little fairy tale. I thought it'd be a fairy tale but funny, or profound, or, well mostly funny, given the cover. There definitely were funny things about it, don't get me wrong. But still. I expected some twist or surprise. Sorry if I'm spoiling it, but there isn't one. It's quite predictable from start to finish. But still cute. 'Kay I'm done. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Angela | 1/30/2014

    " Quick, a little silly, a very light read. "

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