Synopses & Reviews
She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom....
But, as it turns out, her Dad is the Prince of Genovia (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport). Shock of the Century! Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material. Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmé re, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.
Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty -- no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is "Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo"?
"The Princess Diaries" was among the 2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (American Library Association), Books for the Teen Age 2001 (New York Public Library), and the 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (American Library Association).
In Volume I
Mia discovers she is the heir to the throne of a small European principality (Genovia; pop. 50,000), and is properly horrified. Also: paparazzi, Algebra, an unethical beau, and a wholly inappropriate Sidecar recipe.
In Volume II
Mia takes matters into her own hands by calling her first press conference. Also: a secret admirer, an unexpected elopement (but not by Mia!), and a surprise ending fit for New York's most reluctant royal.
Immortalized by the silver screen
The Princess Diaries' Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo has a life most can only dream of. Now read in her own words the (fictional) story of a real American princess.
About the Author
Meg Cabot is the author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed, immensely popular Princess Diaries
novels, as well as All-American Girl, Haunted,
and two Regency novels, Nicola and the Viscount
and Victoria and the Rogue.
Meg was born in Bloomington, Indiana, and her childhood was spent in pursuit of air conditioning, of which there was little at the time in southern Indiana. A primary source proved to be the Monroe County Public Library, where Meg whiled away many hours, reading the complete works of Jane Austen, Judy Blume, and Barbara Cartland.
Armed with a fine arts degree from Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City, intent upon pursuing a career in freelance illustration. Illustrating, however, soon got in the way of Meg's true love, writing, and so she abandoned it and got a job as the assistant manager of an undergraduate dormitory at New York University, writing on the weekends, and whenever her boss wasn't looking.
Meg lives in New York City with her husband, Benjamin, a poet, financial market writer and fellow Hoosier, and their one-eyed cat, Henrietta.