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Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

For as long as she can remember, Cecelia has been told she is the true princess being raised in hiding. Her parents were murdered when she was a baby and she was sent to a remote village to be kept safe. All her life she has been a village girl by day studying politics and royal subjects in secret at night. However, when strange things start happening around her little cottage, it appears her identity has been revealed and she is no longer safe.

Cecelia travels to the palace with her best friend Harper in an attempt to take her place as the true princess and right the wrongs she sees in the kingdom. When she arrives at the palace, the current princess has a different perspective. Both girls learn that things aren't always as they appear and finding who to trust is a constant battle.

A Palace of Mirrors is a mystery, fairy tale, and coming of age story rolled into one. Readers will be kept in suspense, but also learn valuable lessons about trusting yourself and learning to recognize and appreciate your abilities. It is a good story to teach young girls about self-worth and the ability to see the world from different perspectives.

One warning, it is a companion novel to Just Ella. You will follow the story fine without reading the other book, but it might give away some plot surprises from Just Ella.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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