Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer Reading 2014 Cinderella Stays Late (Grimmtastic Girls, #1)


Imagine a place called Grimmlandia where all the characters from fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and other famous stories have been gathered by the Brothers Grimm for their safety. In this land there is Grimm Academy, and Cinderella (Cinda to her friends), is arriving for her first day at the school. Of course, the stepsisters have taken off with the family coach and left her to walk to school. She finally arrives at lunchtime, having missed her first three classes of the day. Cinda had hoped that the "Steps" would be busy with their friends and ignore her, but they are up to their old tricks - trying to get her into trouble and expelled from school. There are good things about the academy. My favorite is the library where Mother Goose and her helpers keep track of all the magical books and items. Cinda and her new friends (Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Rapunzel), check out shoes and gowns from the library to wear to the ball thrown in honor of Prince Awesome's arrival at the academy. There's also masketball - which is like our basketball, but the players wear masks to conceal their identities and the hoops move around to avoid the ball. Just imagine a school where Rumpelstiltskin is principal and Humpty Dumpty is one of the teachers. Sounds "grimmazing"! 

This is a great series for readers who enjoy E.D. Baker's Frog Princess books, the Goddess Girls series (by these same authors), or Buckley's Sisters Grimm. I won an autographed copy in a giveaway on The Children's Book Review (

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