Royal Wedding Disaster: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, Book 2

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Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Fun return to fluffy, popular princess series.

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Educational Value

The book doesn't have a clear educational purpose, though it does explore some of the lesser-known "downsides" to being a princess and the rules of propriety that govern her behavior.

Positive Messages

The book has mean-girl and bullying issues, but unlike most middle school novels, the adults are actively, positively engaged participants who help the kid with her problem-solving tactics.There are also positive messages about standing by family and doing what's right.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both the main character and several supporting characters (adults and children) model positive behaviors by caring for each other and the world around them.

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Language

There is some mild name-calling such as "mean," and a girl mispronounces "ciao" as "kay-ow" and is teased for it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Royal Wedding Disaster, by New York Times best-selling author Meg Cabot, is a tame but entertaining second installment in this Princess Diaries spin-off series. Instances of bullying are quickly resolved by the kids and adults in the story. Also, a young woman is pregnant out of wedlock but is in the process of planning her wedding. 

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What's the story?

Olivia Grace is settling in as a princess and learning more about her new family and the rules of being a princess. While she's working on that, she's enrolled in a school for royal kids that turns out to be a royal pain! Complicating things is that the wedding of Olivia's sister, Princess Mia, got moved up after she became pregnant. Now there are lizards to remove, wedding plans to fix, and a million other things that must be done to keep the wedding from becoming a royal disaster. Can Olivia juggle school, "princessing," and being a great little sister to Mia?

Is it any good?

This fun, lovely, fast-paced novel does a great job of showcasing a main character of color without constantly highlighting the fact that she's biracial (African-American and white). This allows readers to see her as a princess who's a misfit because she's new to the experience, not because of her race. And its lighthearted, earnest tone matches Olivia's caring personality.

For fans of the Princess Diaries books, this new take on the royal family of Genovia is a delight. Author Meg Cabot hasn't lost her magic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about mean-girl behavior and bullying. Do you think the media has made mean-girl behavior acceptable and even kind of cool? How do you deal with issues of bullying?

  • Mia welcomes refugees into her country. How does the media portray the global refugee crisis? What do you think your country and state should do?

  • Olivia risks a lot to help a student who's framed for something he didn't do. Have you ever been in a situation in which it was tough to do the right thing but you did it anyway? How did it feel, and how did you make the decision?

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