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Palace of Mirrors (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Title:Palace of Mirrors
Authors:Margaret Peterson Haddix
Info:Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (2008), Hardcover, 304 pages
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In this semi-sequel to 1999's Just Ella, which imagined what happens after Cinderella moves to the Prince's palace, readers meet another Cinderella-like character, this one raised to believe that she is the true princess of the realm at war with Ella's kingdom. Fourteen-year-old Cecelia lives as a commoner, hidden in a remote village and tutored by kind Sir Stephen until she can claim her throne. When danger arises, naive Cecelia decides to pursue her promised fate. The narrative slowly builds suspense mixed with comedy as Cecelia and her best friend, a boy named Harper, slog over the wet countryside to the capital city, arriving looking even more ragged than usual. Haddix isn't content with a simple solution to Cecelia's problem; she concocts several further dilemmas, gets poor Cecelia ever filthier and introduces savvy Ella on a state visit to help untangle the plot woven by the late queen. Completely unexpected results emerge. Plenty of fun here from a superior author. (Fantasy. 10-14) ( )
  EBurggraf | Mar 15, 2012 |
Great companion novel for kids who enjoyed Just Ella. Princesses with brains, guts, and determination! ( )
  kimpiddington | Jun 15, 2011 |
Palace of Mirrors is an OK book. It's not the best written. It's really boring in some parts, but over-all the storyline is good. ( )
  CaMc0506 | Jan 31, 2011 |
It's okay but the beging is to slow but if you get through that it's pretty good book.There are lots of twists and turns secret passageways, princesses in dungens, Kights in trocher chambers,and each one claims to have the real princess. ( )
  lenwar | Dec 7, 2010 |
Nice unexpected twist at the end.
Cecelia intends to assume her rightful role of princess after having been cryptically raised as a peasant girl only to find out her understanding of reality is skewed. Realistic voice; emotions of power, fear, betrayal, jealousy well written. Book on tape is good. ( )
  Hoca | Feb 15, 2010 |
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Fourteen-year-old Cecilia has always known she is the true princess of Suala, but when she and her best friend, Harper, decide to speed up her ascendancy to the throne, they find danger and many imposters who challenge her claim.

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