|AUTHOR: Margaret Peterson Haddix|
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
PUBLICATION DATE: September 30, 2008
SOURCE: my library
GIVE IT TO: MS, upper-elementary fans of fantasy quests with romance
REVIEW: One of my most dear students recommended this book to me years ago. She is a big reader, and she says it is one of her favorite books ever. It is one of those books I've planned to read for a long while, but I have just never gotten around to it.
I may not remember it in a few weeks, but I enjoyed Cecelia and Harper's quest to the palace. I really don't have a lot to say about Palace of Mirrors. It's cute, and I love how the conflicts are resolved. All loose-ends are tied up at the end, so a sequel is unlikely. I recommend it for upper-elementary and middle school girls. It is perfect for parents and teachers looking for "clean" reads for their tween girls.
THE BOTTOM LINE: A cute princess-quest with a hint of romance. Tween girls will love it.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We have it, but since it is a few years old, it isn't hugely popular. I am going to relocate my library copy from action/adventure to the fairy tales section in the hopes it will get more checkout there. Fairy tales is where I house any fairy-tale spin-off (Flinn, Hale, Levine, Dokey, etc.). Even though Palace is not technically based on a fairy tale, the audience is the same.
READALIKES: The Seer and the Sword (Hanley), Ella Enchanted (Levine), Fortune's Folly (Fagan)
- Overall: 3/5
- Creativity: 3/5
- Characters: 3/5
- Engrossing: 3/5
- Writing: 3/5
- Appeal to teens: 4/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: none
- Sexuality: very mild; one chaste kiss
- Violence: none
- Drugs/Alcohol: none
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