I've loved Shannon Hale's books since The Goose Girl, so I was excited to check out her newest book for younger readers -- Princess in Black.
When readers meet Princess Magnolia, she looks like a proper princess, serving scones and hot chocolate to the dour Duchess Wigtower.
But then the monster alarm sounds and Princess Magnolia has to sneak away, quickly change into her ninja outfit, and stop the monster from terrorizing the goats before the snooping duchess finds out her secret.
Geared towards beginning readers, The Princess in Black is a great easy chapter book for kids who are reading independently (Accelerated Reader level: 3.2), or a fun read-aloud for younger readers. At 96 pages, it may be a bit long for a bedtime story, but parents could easily read it over the course of a few bedtimes, if the child will let them stop reading!
Older readers who enjoy The Princess in Black may want to check out Shannon Hale's graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, or even her middle grade series, Ever After High. Younger readers might also enjoy Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen (a personal favorite!)
And keep an eye out for The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party in October 2015!