Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess
Meg CabotAges 6-8
Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess is the first in a funny, heart-warming illustrated Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.
Olivia Grace is completely average. Or so she thinks . . . until Her Royal Highness, Princess Mia Thermopolis turns up at her school one day and whisks Olivia away to New York City! In a limo, no less! Where you can eat all the cookies you want and the ceiling lights up pink and purple – like a disco! But discovering that your father is actually the Prince of Genovia is quite a shock. Especially since it means you're a descendant of the Kingdom of Genovia, and a princess. Olivia's got a lot to learn about her long-lost family – and everyone's got a lot to learn about her!
Olivia chronicles her transformation from ordinary girl to princess in her notebook, with illustrations from author Meg Cabot, who studied Fine Arts as an undergraduate.
Cabot is as fresh and funny as ever.
The nation of Genovia gains a new resident in this amusing spin-off of Cabot's Princess Diaries series: self-effacing, biracial Olivia, a 12-year-old aspiring wildlife artist who discovers that she is the half-sister of Princess Mia Thermopolis. ...Text-message exchanges and Cabot's own b&w cartoons further enliven Olivia's entertaining and candid notebook entries, which will have readers looking forward to her future escapades.
Olivia, who's biracial, is a lively, engaging character whose peppy, often-wry diary-style narrative details
her experiences and progressive discoveries about her background, royal life, and the true meaning of
family. Interspersing Cabot's black-and-white illustrations, Olivia's texts with BFF Nishi, and
contemporary pop-culture references, this entertaining, quickly absorbing read will have readers
anticipating the sequel.