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Comments for The Princess in Black

The Princess in Black: 12/08/14

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The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale is about a princess who lives a double life as a superhero. Princess Magnolia knows how to play the part expected of her: with a perfect castle, perfect decorum, and perfect attire. But she also knows how to give a helping hand, and how to protect her land and her people from invading monsters. She does this by dressing in black.

Princess Magnolia has a guest over, a very snoopy Duchess, who loves to put her nose in other people's business. The Duchess wants nothing more than to catch people acting out of place. But Magnolia also knows she has to do the right thing by her people, even if that means leaving mid tea party to stop a monster.

Rather than turn Princess Magnolia into either a knight (Adventures in Cartooning by James Strum (2009) or a modern day superhero, she's given a costume wonderfully similar to Zorro's. Not only does Magnolia transform, so does her unicorn.

As a fan of Zorro and a lover of stories with strong, capable women, I loved The Princess in Black. I am eagerly awaiting her further adventures.

Five stars

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