More than a Princess

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced adventure of princess who breaks the mold.

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Educational Value

Aislin and her fellow adventurers patiently use logic to solve problems, and the subplots challenge the reader to think about problems from multiple perspectives. 

Positive Messages

Strong messages about compassion, integrity, perseverance, and courage are the core of the story and the heart of Aislin’s quest. Every creature is appreciated for its unique magical gifts.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aislin’s parents and grandparents are wonderful role models, instilling in her the belief that she is strong enough to take on whatever comes her way.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that E. D. Baker’s More Than a Princess is a fresh take on the magical world of fairies, princesses, kingdoms and magic. Princess Aislin is half-fairy, half-pedrasi, and definitely no damsel in distress. This princess isn’t looking for her prince, but when one comes across her path, she values his honesty and good heart. They’re equals, and friends. Aislin is tough, careful,  and compassionate, reminding others that treating others with respect is essential. While she isn’t human, she brings a dose of humanity to petty humans and kingdoms on the brink of war.

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What's the story?

There’s a lot happening behind the scenes in MORE THAN A PRINCESS, with many subplots about the past relationship between human and magical factions and about the complexity of families and the possibility of war. What’s front and center, though, is a strong, goodhearted princess who takes on everything that comes her way. When her kingdom's in danger, she volunteers as a hostage to save her family and risks everything to help broker peace between two human kingdoms and unite fairy worlds. But is she being used as a pawn to help a king invade another kingdom?

Is it any good?

Engaging, mysterious, and packed with adventure, this is no ordinary fairy tale. In More Than a Princess, Aislin uses her magical powers carefully, and knows that they’re just one aspect of who she is. She always acts with good intentions and doesn’t hesitate to help when her powers can save the life of a person who's been mean to her. She treats friends and adversaries with respect, but this princess is no wallflower. She unrelentingly fights for what she knows is right, unafraid of the consequences. There’s a good amount about body image throughout the book --  Aislin’s pedrasi heritage makes her shorter and rounder than other royals -- and Aislin always turns people’s focus to what’s inside, on the qualities that really matter.

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  • Families can talk about how courage is portrayed in More than a Princess. What does Aislin risk by volunteering to go with the humans to their kingdom? What does she gain?

  • Why do you think the ladies in waiting are so cruel, not just to Aislin but to everyone? How do you react when you see people like this?

  • What other stories of adventurous princesses have you read?

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