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The Princess Diaries


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Part of a major rejacketing and relaunch of THE PRINCESS DIARIES series with an innovative and stunning new cover design. Macmillan has sold more than 2 million PRINCESS DIARIES books since publication started in 2001. THE PRINCESS DIARIES: MIA GOES FOURTH became number one on the bookseller bestseller chart - knocking off Harry Potter for the first time in two and a half years! The relaunch of THE PRINCESS DIARIES series will be fully promoted to both the trade and the consumer. The Meg Cabot community continues to grow - the SMS Princess Diaries Princess Club, launched in September 2002, now has over 32,000 members. continues to get bigger and better, and now has an E-Princess Diaries Princess Club which has over 4,000 members. All titles are fully promoted to the SMS club and on the website. We also have a 100-strong specially-selected army of Meg Cabot superfans who promote her books through word of mouth across the UK.

About the Author

Meg Cabot has worked as an assistant dorm manager of a large university, an illustrator and a writer. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and one-eyed cat called Henrietta and she says she is still waiting for her real parents, the king and queen, to come and restore her to her rightful throne.


"This is how NOT a princess I am. I am so NOT a princess that when my dad started telling me I was one, I totally started crying." Raised in a Greenwich Village loft in New York City by her flaky-but-loving artist mother, ninth grader Mia Thermopolis is shocked to learn from her father that she is now the heir apparent to Genovia, the tiny European kingdom he rules. Her paternal grandmother further disrupts Mia's life when she comes to town to mold the girl into a proper royal. Cabot's debut children's novel is essentially a classic makeover tale souped up on imperial steroids: a better haircut and an improved wardrobe garner Mia the attention of a hitherto unattainable boy. (Of course this boy isn't all he appears to be, and another boyDthe true friend Mia mostly takes for grantedDturns out to be Mr. Right.) A running gag involving sexual harassment (including a foot fetishist obsessed with Mia's best friend Lilly Moscovitz and a sidewalk groper dubbed the "Blind Guy") is more creepy than funny, and the portrayal of the self-conscious pseudo-zaniness of downtown life is over the top (Lilly's parents, both psychoanalysts, get Rolfed, practice t'ai chi and attend benefits for "the homosexual children of survivors of the Holocaust"). Though Mia's loopy narration has its charms and princess stories can be irresistible, a slapstick cartoonishness prevails here. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) FYI: Plans are in the works for a Disney film to be directed by Garry Marshall and starring Julie Andrews as the grandmother. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

This first book in Cabot's best-selling series introduces New York teen Mia Thermopolis, who must prepare to someday take the throne of a European principality. Despite Mia's klutzy leanings, her imposing grand-mere is determined to mold her into a proper princess. Listen Up: Long before she was an Academy Award nominee, Hathaway played Mia in the Disney version of The Princess Diaries. Fans of the source material bemoan the liberties Disney took with the story. With this audio recording, listeners can enjoy a stellar performance by Hathaway in the original.-Angelina Benedetti, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Gr 7-9-Insecure Mia Thermopolis, 14, discovers that she is actually Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo of Genovia. In her diary entries, which cover almost a month, she writes about going to a private school in New York City and living in Greenwich Village with her avant-garde artist mother. She fights with her best friend, struggles to pass algebra, and worries that she is the only one without a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance. On top of that, her divorced mother begins dating her teacher; her father visits and reveals that she is his heir; her intimidating grandmother gives her "Princess lessons"; and she has to contend with the embarrassment of having a bodyguard and reporters who follow her everywhere. Readers will relate to Mia's bubbly, chatty voice and enjoy the humor of this unlikely fairy tale. More accessible than, though perhaps not as clever as, Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging (HarperCollins, 2000), this funny, fast-paced book should appeal to hip young women, including reluctant readers.-Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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