Garden Princess

Garden Princess

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When Princess Adela sets eyes on Lady Hortensia's garden, she knows something is amiss. Every single flower is in bloom, and in the middle of October! Not only that, there is a talking magpie flitting about the garden and stealing the guests' jewels. Is it possible that Hortensia is a witch and the magpie an enchanted prince? And what of the flowers themselves? Will Adela get to the root of the mystery and nip trouble in the bud before it's too late?
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780763656850
0763656852
Branch Call Number: KLA J
Characteristics: 261 p. ; 21 cm.

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litriocht Jun 23, 2014

Magic isn't real, according to Princess Adele. Surely stories of magic in historical accounts of her kingdom are merely attempts to aggrandize the feats of her illustrious ancestors. When she voices this thought to her wise tutor, he responds with suggestions that she should keep an open mind. And it is a good thing she does, as she soon discovers that an evil witch is preying on Adele's subjects.

When the royal gardener's son, Garth, is invited to see the famed gardens of Lady Hortensia, Adele decides to accompany him. Surely Hortensia, an esteemed gardener, would be willing to share some cuttings from her amazing plants. Adele has always dreamed of traveling, learning about flora, and sharing that knowledge with the people she encounters. After years of being oppressed by her well-meaning but insistent stepmother, Adele seizes this chance for a botanical trip and invites herself to the gathering.

Upon arriving at Hortensia's lands, however, it soon becomes clear that this garden's plants are anything but ordinary. Watching as Hortensia transforms a woman into a flower, Adele is horrified to discover the secret behind the witch's beautiful grounds. With the help of an enchanted magpie, Adele works to set things right in this garden and throughout the kingdom.

Vanquishing the horticultural witch imbues Adele with the self-confidence to settle many other matters in her life to her satisfaction. A light-hearted read, this fairy tale bildungsroman will appeal to fans of The Princess Academy. The Secret Garden, and the Sisters Grimm series.

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