Destiny and Faith Go to Twincentric Academy
Destiny and Faith Go to Twincentric Academy by Teddy O’Malley is the first book in the Destiny and Faith series. The biracial twins are to start the second grade at a school designed for twins. They meet teachers and other students who are twins. During the year Destiny and Faith become friends with Hope and Grace, who are Japanese, and regularly argue with each other. When Grace suggests that the girls swap clothes and become each other’s twin, it starts a new trend at the school of twin and clothes swapping. Another set of twins Jourdonna and Jordana are the jealous girls in class and upset that Destiny and Faith are getting more attention.
The Trees Have Hearts
The Battle for Princess Madeline
I read a review by Mrs. D. of the fairy tale The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff. The review did its job and made me want to read the book and its newly released sequel, The Battle for Princess Madeline. So when vacation time came, I charged my Kindle and loaded it with books on my to be read list. After settling in for the 6 hour flight and I passed the time reading these wonderful fairytales.
Princess Madeline owned Daniel’s heart from the day he was knighted when she whispered “My Knight,” in his ear. He earned her heart when he tracked her down and found her after she ran away from home. He didn’t give up, although others said she’d died. As their marriage approached, the idyllic days were interrupted by Prince Paulsen’s challenge for her hand.
Prince Paulsen surrounded the castle with his men and hired henchmen. Then he demanded a fight to death with Daniel, with Princess Madeline being the prize. With her fate hanging in the balance, Princess Madeline is frustrated because no one will listen to her thoughts regarding the battle strategy. So she takes matters into her own hands, enlists assistance from her best friend, Sophia, and visiting wizards. Princess Madeline’s plan could cause her to get kidnapped again, when she puts herself in danger’s way to save her beloved Kingdom of Soron and her true love, Knight Daniel.
Once again, Ms. Pulioff creates a fun fairy tale. It may be about a princess and her knight, but it includes battles, dragons and wizards. I’d recommend this book for both boys and girls.
Originally posted June 17, 2013 on www.WordsWithWomen.weebly.com
The Escape of Princess Madeline
It is an exciting, intriguing, and thought-provoking modern fairy tale, which magically transports readers into the fascinating world of a determined young princess who takes her destiny into her own hands.
The Escape of Princess Madeline, written by Kirstin Stein Pulioff, is a beautiful little whimsical story about a young girl who rebels against her father’s wishes and refuses to marry the man of his choice. This story reflects a fascinating era of old-time rulers, when a young woman had no voice or choice and must obey her parents.
Like any sixteen-year-old girl, Princess Madeline had her own dreams, desires, and views on life. Throughout the story, the author portrays her magical world with real promise. Since her childhood, Madeline had always craved new adventures and had never looked for support or protection from anyone.
Surprisingly, in this vibrant story, Princess Madeline appears as a very contemporary character, reminding us of how a runaway girl would act today. Freethinking, strong, and courageous, she tries to change her fate. When Princess Madeline sees the opportunity, she escapes her father’s castle and
finds herself in a strange place.
Outside the castle, she faces a dangerous world, but does not get discouraged or lose hope. Surrounded by dangerous people in the forest, she bravely deals with her troubles and rethinks her relationship with her father. Self-confident, resilient, and fast-thinking, she quickly learns how to take care of herself.
Feeling lonely and facing dangerous situations, she has doubts about the choices she has made. Freedom
came with a price—she lost the family she loves. When she returns home, her father, the heartbroken King Theodore, comes to the realization that he must reconsider his decisions and let his strong-willed daughter make her own decisions and take control of her life.
Searching for her place in life, purpose, and true love, Madeline discovers herself, true love, and the value of family. The author wisely underlines the issue of runaway children, and invites us to look closely at broken relationships with our children.
Vivid feelings, defining our own values, having a sense of self-worth, uncovering the true meaning of family and love, forgiveness and self-discovery are great reminders to all of us. This is a wonderful teaching story, which wisely connects a reader to the present day.
Originally posted July 5, 2013 on www.WordsWithWomen.weebly.com