have all heard about the curse on Sleeping Beauty: she would prick her
finger on a spinning wheel spindle when she turned 21, fall into a poisoned
sleep, and die. We all know that a magic kiss woke her up. We don't know
what her life was like up to that moment.
Robin McKinley has imagined
a whole world full of magic (so much magic that it's a nuisance), friends,
boy friends, talking animals and lurking danger. In this world Rosie (the
princess who has been rescued and hidden as a baby) grows up. She's not
your typical princess! She is a tomboy who learns how to shoe horses and
says what she thinks. Her friend Peony looks more like a princess and when
the evil fairy Pernicia gets too close they try to fool her about which
girl is the real princess.
You'll love they way Rosie
can talk to animals. You'll wonder if the right girl will end up with the
right boy. And who will receive the magic kiss from whom?
(Karen Kargel, Colorado
Blue Spruce YA Book Award, 2003)