Synopses & Reviews
A delightful fairytale by a lyrical new voice.When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunts jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucindas path. In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witchs spell, avenge her parents death, and maybe—just maybe—capture the heart of a prince.
"Berry's enticing debut novel teems with romance, danger and suspense. Lucinda, a 15-year-old orphan, leads a miserable existence as a servant until she gains possession of an unusual stone belonging to Beryl, a reputed witch. As luck would have it, the gem is stolen and sold to a prince before Lucinda even realizes it is gone. Most of the plot centers on Lucinda's adventures trying to retrieve the stone from the prince, with whom she predictably falls in love. Fantasy buffs will delight in the author's playful use of fairy tale conventions unlike Cinderella, Lucinda has the good sense to retrieve her lost slipper after attending a ball ('I considered leaving it there, but one footfall in my stocking feet on the cold granite changed my mind'). But the book's main appeal comes from the revelations of many secrets and unexpected twists, including the truth about Beryl. Lucinda has to work harder than most such heroines to acquire her happily-ever-after ending, but her efforts eventually pay off, while leaving readers with enough unanswered questions to set imaginations spinning. Ages 10 14." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda Chapdelaine will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch's spell, avenge her parents' deaths, and maybe--just maybe--capture the heart of a prince. A delightful fairytale by a lyrical new voice.
When a mysterious piece of jewelry and a strange visitor arrive in the jewelry shop where she works for her evil aunt, Lucinda's course takes a surprising turn. With the help of the Amaranth Witch, a young (and harmless) con-artist, and a prince, Lucinda uncovers secrets about her own royal past. A strong seller in hardcover, this original fairytale marks an exciting debut from a lyrical new voice
About the Author
Julie Berry grew up in western New York. She holds a BS in communications from Rensselaer and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and four young sons, and works as a director of software sales and marketing for a technology startup. This is her first book.