Saturday, September 30, 2006

Mock Printz: Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley

Title:Bella At Midnight
Author: Diane Stanley
ISBN: 0-06-077573-4
Review: This book rightfully deserves the three starred reviews it has received. Bella is a cast-off from her father, part of the knight aristocracy, who is not only devastated by his wife's death, but also a nasty guy on a good day. Bella is raised as a peasant in her nursemaid's family where she learns love from her blacksmith father and caring mother. In this peasant home, she meets the prince of the kingdom and they forge a special bond as true, loyal friends. Many years later, Bella is returned to her father where she once again suffers poor treatment. The prince is sent off to another kingdom as part of a condition of a treaty. Their lives intertwine again when Bella learns of danger to both the prince and the entire kingdom. This book contains great values, wonderfully developed, individualistic characters, some magic and surprises and a happy ending. It will definitely go on my top ten list for the mock Printz.
Reviewed by:Susan Rappaport, Rutherford Public Library

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