by Sarah Mlynowski
Suggested Ages: 8-12
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Description:Once upon a time my brother and I found a magic mirror….
Tonight the mirror swept us into Cinderella's fairy tale. Now, we are NOT messing this story up. No way. Cinderella is going to marry her prince just like she's supposed to.
Cinderella broke her foot, and there's massive swelling. The glass slipper won't fit, the prince won't know she's the one for him, and they won't live happily ever after. And it's all our fault!
To save the day we'll need to:
• Learn how to use a dustpan
• Stay out of jail
• Find Cinderella a job
• Make sure true love finds its way
We just have to get it all done before the clock strikes twelve and the chance for a happy ending is gone... forever!
The Good Stuff
- Great opening paragraph - the type of book that will hook the reader away
- Quirky fun humour
- Fast paced, even the most reluctant of readers will not get bored
- Likeable heroine that will appeal to the middle school girl
- Nice messages about not needing a prince to save you
- Nice development in the story - just a little bit of information to keep you interested and wondering what is going to happen next
- a fun twist on the fractured fairy tale genre
The Not So Good Stuff
- Come on - throw me a bone here - need to know more about Maryrose
"I have a magic mirror in my basement and I'm going to use it."
"How comes the mother always dies in fairy tale?" (Jen's Note: I've been asking this for decades!)
"Yikes. Even if my parents never bother using it. I have never felt more thankful for our washer and dryer in my entire life."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Perfect series for reluctant middle school girl readers
- Fans of Meg Cabot's middle school books will adore this series
- Those who enjoy strong girl characters who don't need a boy
I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review