Looking for a good girl book? Do you like fairy tales? Try one of these stories about princesses saving themselves from a variety of strange and interesting situations! You’ll come away with a whole new appreciation for royalty!
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Pink & Powerful 2: Princess NOT in Peril!
(They’re Saving Themselves!)
Baker, E.D. The Wide-Awake Princess
Princess Annie is frustratingly (and luckily) resistant to magic. When her sister Gwen pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie stays awake. Now it’s up to Annie to find a prince to kiss her sister and break the spell. But who is her sister’s true love? And what about Annie’s own happily-ever-after?
Berry, Julie. The Amaranth Enchantment
When a mysterious piece of jewelry and a strange visitor arrive in the jewelry shop where she works for her evil aunt, Lucinda’s course takes a surprising turn. With the help of the Amaranth Witch, a young (and harmless) con-artist, and a prince, Lucinda uncovers secrets about her own royal past.
Berry, Julie. Secondhand Charm
Magic sparkles on the edges of the forest in a secluded village where Evie lives, and are remarkably potent when tied around her neck. Evie’s talents have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason’s apprentice. But when the young king’s carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance at a different life after all, IF that’s what she really wants?
Boie, Kirsten. The Princess Plot
Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess, and she’s whisked off to a remote, romantic kingdom for the “shoot.” But something’s amiss: she bears an uncanny resemblance to the real princess, who has run away, and she learns that the conniving regent plans to use her to take control of the country. As the plot twists and turns, Jenna discovers just what she’s made of–and just why she resembles the missing princess so much!
Ebbitt, Carolyn. The Extra-Ordinary Princess
Princess Amelia is the least likely person to become queen of the land, from her position as the fourth daughter to her non-princessy ways. But when a plague sweeps the country, kills her parents, and leaves her evil uncle in power, it is Amelia who must find the courage to save her kingdom—and her sisters.
Ferris, Jean. Twice Upon a Marigold
When the formerly evil Queen Olympia awakes and remembers her previous glory as queen, she’s determined to take it back. Even accompanied by several familiar characters, grabbing the throne may not be as easy as Olympia thinks! A sequel to Once Upon a Marigold, which tells of Olympia’s descent and would have been on this list, except that it’s from a prince’s point of view.
Friesner, Esther. Nobody’s Princess
She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Not one to count on the gods—or her looks—to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude. That same attitude makes Helen a few enemies, but it also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends.
Friesner, Esther. Sphinx’s Princess
Nefertiti’s inquisitive mind often gets her into complicated situations; she’s also the kind of girl who acts first, and apologizes later whenever she witnesses injustice or cruelty. When news of her striking beauty and impulsive behavior attracts the attention of her aunt, the manipulative Queen Tiye, who sees Nefertiti as an ideal pawn in her desire for power, she is taken from her beloved family and forced into a life filled with courtly intrigue and danger. But Nefertiti continues to challenge herself and the boundaries of ancient Egyptian society.
George, Jessica. Princess of the Midnight Ball
Rose is one of twelve princesses forced to dance through the night in an underground palace. The key to breaking the spell lies in magic knitting needles, an invisibility cloak, and—of course—true love. Enchanted readers are sure to want to read the sequel as well: Princess of Glass, where Rose’s younger sister Posy finds herself caught up in exchange of royalty and palace intrigue.
George, Jessica. Tuesdays at the Castle
Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie’s favorite days. On Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one other than Celie takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it’s up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.
Hale, Shannon. The Goose Girl
On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by some of her guards, led by her lady-in-waiting. After the ambush, she flees into the forest and finds herself without any resources or allies. To survive, Ani becomes a goose girl and bides her time, learning about her new kingdom until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.
Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy
When word comes that the king’s priests have prophesized that her small village is the home of the future princess, Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires at a Princess Academy. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.
Haskall, Merrie. The Princess Curse
Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling (if silly) curse, and anyone who ends it will win a reward. Reveka, a sharp-witted and irreverent apprentice herbalist, wants that reward. But her investigations lead to deeper mysteries and a daunting choice—will she break the curse at the peril of her own soul?
Kaye, M. M. The Ordinary Princess
Along with Wit, Charm, Health, and Courage, Princess Amy receives a special fairy christening gift: Ordinariness. Unlike her beautiful sisters, she has brown hair and freckles, and would rather have adventures than play the harp, embroider tapestries or become Queen. So when her parents try to marry her off, Amy runs away and becomes the an assistant kitchen maid. Will she end up staying in the kitchens, or will destiny take a hand?
Lairamore, Dawn. Ivy’s Ever After
Once upon a time there lived a princess named Ivy, who had no interest in being rescued, and a dragon named Elridge, who was better at solving word puzzles than breathing fire. Sailing into their world came a handsome prince with dastardly designs. Ivy and Elridge, both disappointments to their families, join forces to try and thwart the prince’s evil plot. In the process these traditional enemies become fast friends, discover hidden strengths, and earn the respect of all who know them.
Leavitt, Lindsey. Princess for Hire
When a magical woman steps out of a shimmering bubble, Desi discovers she has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula “Royal Rouge,” she can transform temporarily into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. For a girl from nowehere, this is a dream come true, right? Maybe. Because Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras.
Levine, Gail. Fairest
Aza’s singing is the fairest in the land and she can “throw” her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the qualities prized in the kingdom, and Aza doesn’t possess the other: beauty. Her voice leads her to becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, who demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.
Also try Ever, A Tale of Two Castles, Two Princesses of Bamarre, and Ella Enchanted (which is MUCH better than the movie!) for other princess stories.
McKinley, Robin. Beauty
Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage. When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she is determined to save him and the rest of her family.
Murdock, Catherine. Princess Ben
With her parents lost to unknown assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen who is intent on marrying her off. Locked in a tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room and begins a secret education in magical arts. But Ben is soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat facing the castle and the entire country. Can she save her kingdom and herself?
O’Neal, Eilis. The False Princess
Princess Nalia has led a privileged life, but that changes when it’s revealed that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away. Cast out with the clothes on her back and now called Sinda, she must leave behind the only life she’s ever known. When Sinda discovers that dangerous magic runs through her veins that she must learn to control, she returns for answers, uncovering a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor’s history, forever.
Paratore, Coleen. A Pearl Among Princes
Gracepearl Coal is the cook’s daughter on the island princes visit to learn to practice the Charming Arts. Each year, the princes-in-training arrive by boat, guided by captains trained to navigate the island’s treacherous waters. Passage on one of these boats is the only method to leave the island; betrothal to a royal is the only way for Pearl to find the far-off destiny haunting her dreams.
Regan, Dian. Princess Nevermore
Princess Quinnella is still allowed to come and go as she wishes, but as soon as she turns 16, suitors will court her until she chooses one–or the king chooses one for her–then comes marriage, children, and royal protocol. More than anything, Quinn wants to travel to the world above the wishing pool. When a magical mishap sends her to Earth, Quinn is drawn into this strange world of skateboards, Halloween dances, and pizza. Even though danger and intrigue surround her, she doesn’t know how to return to Mandria, and she’s not even sure she wants to!
Snyder, Laurel. Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains
Lucy and her best friend Wnyston spend their days paddling in the river, picking berries, and teasing each other. But now the king has insisted that Prince Wynston devote every spare second to princely things. Feeling left out, Lucy sets off to solve the mystery of her missing mother. When Wynston discovers that Lucy is gone, he tears after her, and together they embark on some strange andwonderful adventures.
Stanley, Diane. The Silver Bowl
Molly works for the king as a scullery maid, but she has a disturbing secret: she sees visions that always come true. When Molly is promoted to polishing silver, she is given the king’s silver to polish. It warms to her touch and then visions appear that tell of a dreaded curse that has stalked the royal family for years–which will soon take the current prince. Molly and her friends must protect him and destroy the curse. Could a less likely champion be found to save the kingdom of Westria?
Wrede, Patricia. Dealing With Dragons
Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart, and bored. As the youngest of seven daughters, she thinks she should be able to practice magic, make cherries jubilee and wield a sword. But when her royal parents don’t agree, she runs away. Soon, she is living with a dragon, battling wizards and and finding all the family and excitement she’s been looking for.
Zahler, Diane. A True Princess
Lilia is not a very good servant. She daydreams, she breaks dishes, and her cooking is awful. Still, she hardly deserves to be sold off to the mean-spirited miller and his family. Refusing to accept that dreadful fate, she decides to flee. With her best friend, Kai, and his sister, Karina, beside her, Lilia heads north to find the family she’s never known. But danger awaits. . . .
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We hope you enjoy this booklist. If you did, check out our first Pink & Powerful: Girls in the Know, which was on the blog last December! More modern girls, but just as interesting!