Cabot, Meg. From the notebooks of a middle school princess. (From the notebooks of a middle school princess series, book 1.) Feiwel & Friends, 2015. $16.99. 182 pgs. $16.99. ISBN:978-1-250-06602-2. Gr. 4+. P8 Q8
Meg Cabot has written another book in a series featuring the further adventures of Princess Mia Thermopolis and the Kingdom of Genovia. Princess Mia finds her 12 year-old half-sister, Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison who lives with her Aunt and Uncle. Olivia’s mother dies leaving her in the care of her aunt and uncle and her two cousins. While the cousins have a television and play stations in their rooms Olivia does not. While it is explained to her it is to protect her she feels the difference is not right. Life at school is also hard for her, as she is bullied by her enemy Annabelle Jenkins. The day that Princess Mia pulls up in her stretch limousine and calls out for Princess Olivia, life changes for her. Sweeping her away to New York, Mia introduces Olivia tos her grandmother and father who learn of her life and the difficulties that she has faced. While this book is for young children I enjoyed it and found myself cheering for Olivia, as a struggle for her custody takes place.
September 2015 review by Carol Bernardi