Harper Collins Children's Books
12-year-old Lilia overhears her father, Jorgen, agreeing to send her to work for the abusive town miller. Ylva, Jorgen's new wife, convinces him that it will be best for them and their new family. Although Jorgen is not Lilia's true father, he found her floating in a basket ten years ago, he's never treated her differently than Kai or Karina, his children from his first wife. Until now.
Ylva's preparation for her new baby includes setting out a blanket she's been saving for years. The same blanket Lilia was wrapped in when Jorgen found her. Seeing the blanket, Lilia knows what she must do. Since her basket floated from the North, she decides to run away and try to find information on her family. Before going far, she's joined by Kai and Karina. As they travel north they meet a variety of people, including some from the northern town of Dalir, where the prince is looking for a princess. Their quest involves lots of adventure, a mystery and an encounter with the Elf King.
Zahler combines the well-known tale of the princess and the pea with the lesser-known, at least by me, one of the Elf King and his penchant for children under seven. A True Princess is saved from predictability by having Karina and Lilia, two girls who could each turn out to be the princess of the title. The story is only slightly marred by Lilia and crew overcoming problems too simplistically and often with vague phrases such as "though I did not know why" or " an urge I didn't understand". Still, A True Princess, along with The Thirteenth Princess, also by Zahler, are a nice middle grade alternative to the Once Upon a Time series of young adult retellings. Purchase this for your elementary or middle school library!
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Thank you to Diane Zahler and Harper for this ARC.