Thursday, October 19, 2006

Zara, 11, Reviews The Two Princesses are Bamarre

The Two Princesses of Bamarre is by Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted and many more. In high school, Gail Carson Levine didn't want to be a writer. As an adult her interest in painting led her to a class for writing and illustrating for children.

Next thing you know, her fist book for children, Ella Enchanted, won a Newbery Honor in 1998! Since then, Levine has been busy writing the Princess Tales series. She explored other genres with her historical fiction novel Dave At Night and the latest in popular fiction, The Wish. Her newest book is Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre definitely fits into the fantasy genre. It has dragons, specters, swords, fairies and almost everything needed for a good fantasy novel. It is about two princess sisters, Addie and Meryl. Princess Addie is shy, meek, and fearful (even of spiders!). She is content to stay inside the safe castle walls. Princess Meryl is brave, fearless, courageous and unafraid. Meryl dreams of fighting dragons, protecting the kingdom of Bamarre and finding the cure to The Gray Death, the mysterious illness that killed their mother. The Gray Death eventually catches up with Meryl and Addie must put her fears aside to travel to Mount Ziriat for the cure: a drink of water from the fairies' waterfall. On her long and dangerous quest, Addie meets up with ogres, specters, an unusual dragon named Vollys and much more.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre is a wonderful book about a girl who must overcome her fears to save her sister. I highly recommend this adventurous, exciting story with a happy, sad, and unpredictable ending.

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