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Several years ago I had the opportunity to chat with Jane Yolen. Among other things, she mentioned Not All Princesses Dress in Pink, co-authored by Jane and her daughter Heidi E. Y. Semple.
Since then, I have often reflected on the term "princess." Exactly what is a princess? Aside from being the daughter of royalty or wearing a sparkly crown, what constitutes a true princess?
Princess Decomposa and Princess X are two very different princesses.
Princess Decomposa and Count Spatula by Andi Watson
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Cherie Priest's first foray into the world of YA literature is a heart-stopping story of friendship and intrigue. Best friends Libby and May invented Princess X, a sword-wielding blue-haired girl wearing a gold crown and red sneakers. Libby's mother fell asleep while driving across a bridge. The car tumbled into the icy water with Libby and her mother. "Libby was dead. Princess X disappeared."
Three years later, May discovers a Princess X sticker. She sets off on a dangerous mission to uncover the mystery surrounding the death of her best friend and the reappearance of Princess X.
This is a can't-put-it-down combination comic and prose thriller.