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The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot

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Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries. New York, NY: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2000. Print.

Annotation: Fourteen year-old Mia was struggling enough with starting high school; then she finds out she has to be princess all of a sudden! Nobody asked her if she wanted to be a princess! Now she has to come to terms with high school, her family, and a crown, too!

Mia Thermopolis thought things were bad enough when she started out high school as a tall, flat-chested freshman with hair that looks like a yield sign. Then she failed algebra. Then her mom actually started dating her algebra teacher! Even all of that doesn’t seem so bad anymore, though, compared to what she gets hit with next. Now, right now in the middle of all of this, her dad comes to tell her that he’s actually the prince of Genovia, that he can’t have anymore kids, and that she now has to prepare to be a princess! Now she can’t even be Mia Thermopolis—she has to Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo!

Add to all of that some confusing boys and some best friend drama and you’ve got just a little bit too much stress for one girl! See how Mia handles it all (or doesn’t, sometimes), in the first book of the Princess Diaries series.


ALA Best Book for Young Adults

ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Volunteer State Book Award (Tennessee)

Evergreen Young Adult Book Award (Washington)

IRA/CBC Young Adult Choice


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