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Princess Ben February 17, 2010

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Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Not your typical fairy tale.

When Benevolence’s parents are assassinated, she becomes next in line to the throne. Manners and ladylike behavior become important as Ben comes under the notice of her manipulative aunt, Queen Sophia. Ben stubbornly refuses to conform, and is locked in the castle’s tallest tower where her aunt hopes that hunger and loneliness will break her spirit. However, Ben stumbles upon a secret enchanted room, where she begins her study of the magic arts. With her newfound freedom and secret knowledge, she learns to find the strength she will need to save her kingdom.

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Here Lies Arthur

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Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

Have you ever wondered if all the stories about King Arthur were true?

This retelling of the Arthurian legend is set in a dark and brutal time, where Arthur is depicted as a bullying and selfish warlord of a rough gang of outlaws. His success depends on the stories and tricks that the bard Myrddin creates to build up a legend in the superstitious eyes of the common people. When young Gwyna’s village is burned by mauraders, she is taken into Myrddin’s care. She becomes a key to Myrddin’s schemes, as she is transformed into the Lady of the Lake, disguises herself as a boy, and becomes a spy.

Readalikes: Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle