The Priceless Princess
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The Priceless Princess : From the Land of Hullabaloo

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In the Land of Hullabaloo, the King keeps his strong-minded daughter Sophronia confined to his castle high on Mount Solitary. Her mother is dead and the King fears his enemies will try to harm his daughter too. But Sophie longs to experience the outside world. Inside the castle she has power over the King due to her magical ring. The King hires a wizard who can help him take it from her finger. But he hires the wrong wizard. The wizard turns her to ice and carries her away to his horrible son Mr Bobby and his greedy wife Barbaraba, who lock her in the basement and make duplicates of her to sell all over the Kingdom. But the evil twins McFrugal steal her for themselves and take her across the Deadly Mountains to the Empire of the Blue-Bellied Black Snakes. She is held captive along with many animals and birds. From her pedestal in the Throne Room, surrounded by sllithery snakes and a moat full of crocodiles, the Princess discovers she is braver and cleverer than she ever imagined. She can talk to the animals, and makes friends with the Green Tree Snakes.

By chance the young Wizard of Spume learns of her fate from the old cart-horse, who is really a flying pony, descendent of Pegasus. They rescue the Princess and the other captives but flying across the Deadly Mountains they are brought down by a high wind and stranded in the dense forest. A squadron of military owls arrive to assist them, and soon they are on their way back to the Castle. The Princess has learnt so much during this adventure and begs her father to allow her the freedom she longs for, so she can help look after the other wild creatures in the Kingdom.

An adventure story for children 8+ years, appealing especially to girls who want an exciting tale with a strong heroine, unusual animals and a technological twist.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 7mm | 122g
  • English
  • 13 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0995363315
  • 9780995363311

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I loved reading the Priceless Princess it has everything a good book needs.... adventure, great characters, humor and a message. I couldn't put it down once I had started reading it. I will be recommending this book to all my friends with children. Amazon Customer.

We finished the book today- it took us three sittings. My girls are 6.5 years old. Afterwards I asked them their opinion for feedback to the author. They said they "loved it loved it loved it." I asked them what they liked
about it- one said that there were animals in it. Was it scary? They did not think so. The only thing that scared my animal-lover-daughter was the thought of the snake king eating the cute bilbies. I asked them if there was anything they did not like about the book and they said no. From my perspective, I liked that the book uses some big words (not just simple words) - I like big words and use my normal vocabulary to talk to children. I also like the messages in the story, and it was funny for me to read a kids book with all the contemporary references to internet, tablets etc

From Sabrina, a professional psychologist. Review published on the Priceless Princess website.

I gave it to my 8yo that night and she read it in bed, in the car and the next day and was finished the next evening. She is not the most keen reader (although pretty capable it's not an addiction as I know it for some kids) so it was a great pleasure to see her read a story so avidly. She had hoped there were more books like this one - and so do I!

I do hope you will write more for this age group. Quite frankly there is such rubbish around. This seems like a sort of Harry Potter genre for young girls.

From Kristen, Medical Researcher. Review published on the Priceless Princess website.
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