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{The Princess and the Page: Christina Farley}The Princess and the Page by Christina Farley
Published by Scholastic Press on March 28, 2017
Genres: Childrens, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Middle School
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – A dark secret lurks in Keira’s family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But Keira’s mom is unable to face the truth of the family’s history because the Word Weavers have been hunted for generations for their power. And so, she forbids Keira to write. Oblivious to the family’s secret ability, and angry at her mom’s rule of no fictional writing, Keira discovers her grandma’s Word Weaver pen and uses it to write a story for the Girls’ World fairy tale contest, believing it will bring her good luck. But when Keira decides to have her fairy tale reflect her family’s imperfect life, and has the princess in her story vanquished to a dark tower for eternity, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after.

{My thoughts} – Keira is a different kind of child. She has a longing to write stories but her mother has banned that from their lives. Her mother doesn’t like story writing. She doesn’t like any kind of writing if it isn’t all facts or lists. In the beginning of the book there is a break in and their house is ransacked. The individuals that broke in were looking for Keira’s grandmas magical writing pen. Keira found it before they did and used it to her advantage, however, at the time she didn’t know what it was and how she was using it.

Keira decides to write a fairytale and enter a contest at the prompting of her best friend. She ends up winning the contest and she and her mom and best friend get to spend a week living a fairytale dream. Apparently, she used the magical writing pen to write the fairytale and because of it altered history and merged it somehow with her fairytale. This led to an interesting story that was woven together, both past and present. I do believe that the story was well written and that the plot was well developed. However, I think that most of the adult characters in the story were underdeveloped and to an extent weren’t helpful in pushing the story forward. The main characters Keira, Bella and Chet helped to build the world and carried the story into the level of making it believable and possible.

I think that any child or adult that enjoys fairy tales will enjoy reading this book. I can’t wait to pass this one onto my daughter and see what she has to say about it.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.