“This nameless princess is a fabulously different kind of hero. I rooted for her triumph with every page turn.” —Deborah Halverson, award-winning author, editor Gail Carson Levine’s classic Ella Enchanted meets The King’s Speech. A Story About the Magic of Speaking UpIt’s her 14th try at getting a name, and the nameless princess of Cochem can’t get a word in edgewise. When she finally grabs her royal parents’ attention, (500 goldfish, long story), christening invitations flutter off to the Seven Kingdoms—only ten years late. But then the Blackfly Queen strides into the feasting hall . . . just as the oh-so-tasty parsnip fries run out. Arrows fly. Tempers flare. Another christening goes up in smoke! Only this time, her fairy godmother makes everything worse. The princess has 15 days to make a name for herself at the Speech Tournament. Or she’ll be invisible for life!TROUBLE WITH PARSNIPS is the first book in the Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale series for ages 9 to 12. Perfect for fans of Jean Ferris’ Once Upon a Marigold, Jacqueline Davies’ The Lemonade Wars, and E.G. Foley’s The Gryphon Chronicles.Hungry readers always need books. Keep them well read: order a copy of TROUBLE WITH PARSNIPS today!
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LAUREL DECHER lives on the outskirts of a mid-sized city in Germany, between a medieval chapel on St. James’ Way and a boundary marker tree complete with scary face. It’s a little surprising, since she expected to live in Vermont for the rest of her life. You just never know when adventure will call! TROUBLE WITH PARSNIPS is her first book for young readers (ages 9-12) and the first Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale. She writes stories about all things whimsical, vegetable, or musical. Beloved pets of the past–such as “Stretchy the Leech”–may or may not appear in those stories. She’s famous for getting lost, but carries maps because people always ask her for directions. She can be found on Twitter and on her blog, This Is An Overseas Post, where she writes about life with her family in Germany. She’s still a Vermonter and an epidemiologist at heart. PSA: Eat more kale! 🙂 Her short story for adults, UNFORESEEN TIMES, originally appeared in the journal WINDHOVER.