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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,611 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Zahler Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Zita is not an ordinary servant girl—she's the thirteenth daughter of a king who wanted only sons. When she was born, Zita's father banished her to the servants' quarters to work in the kitchens, where she can only communicate with her royal sisters in secret.

Then, after Zita's twelfth birthday, the princesses all fall mysteriously ill. The only clue is their strangely worn and tattered shoes. With the help of her friends—Breckin the stable boy, Babette the witch, and Milek the soldier—Zita follows her bewitched sisters into a magical world of endless dancing and dreams. But something more sinister is afoot—and unless Zita and her friends can break the curse, the twelve princesses will surely dance to their deaths.

A classic fairy tale with a bold twist, The Thirteenth Princess tells the unforgettable story of a magical castle, true love, spellbound princesses—and the young girl determined to save them all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Thirteenth Princess is a lucky find, a wheeling gavotte of a novel that refreshes an old fairy tale with new enchantment.”

    Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and A Lion among Men

  • “Zahler takes a light story and gives it gratifying depth, rounding out the characters and their motivations without betraying the source material and wrapping it all together in a graceful and cohesive romantic drama.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] lively reworking.”

    Booklist

  • “Just the right combination of magic, adventure, and romance.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hannah*Inky* | 1/27/2014

    " A very cute retelling of the 12 dancing princesses. I enjoyed it. It was refreshing and clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicol | 1/25/2014

    " This was actually a rather enjoyable twist on the classic 12 Dancing Princesses. However, I never could quite get on board with understanding the relationship between the father and the 13th daughter who is the main character. Still I would probably read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nina | 1/23/2014

    " great it is about a servant who is actually a princess dethroned because she was a girl (her father wanted a boy A.K.A heir to the throne)and her birth killed her mother. in the end she lives happily ever after as always "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ami | 1/10/2014

    " Very enjoyable. I enjoyed the very couragous main character. I would like to own this one. My girls loved it too. They could not put it down. "

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About the Author
Author Diane Zahler

Diane Zahler is the author of The Thirteenth Princess and A True Princess. Her books have been praised for their “delicious descriptions” (Kirkus Reviews) and their “gratifying depth” (Publishers Weekly). Diane lives with her husband and dog in New York’s Harlem Valley, in an old farmhouse held together by magic spells and duct tape.