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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
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
Both the main character and several supporting characters (adults and children) model positive behaviors by caring for each other and the world around them.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is some middle school boy/girl "like" stuff. Also, an adult woman is getting married but is already pregnant with twins before the wedding.
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There is some mild name-calling such as "mean," and a girl mispronounces "ciao" as "kay-ow" and is teased for it.
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Products & Purchases
Most of the brands that are mentioned in the story are made up, and the brands that are real are mainly mentioned to set the scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some adults drink at a wedding. .
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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