Chilling Retelling of Cinderella!

Poppy danced in King Under Stone’s castle with her 11 sisters in Princess of the Midnight Ball.  Now to repair relations with the rest of the world after the deaths of so many princes, Poppy’s father is sending her and her sisters to the different kingdoms to forge new alliances.  Poppy is sent to Breton to the Seadown home to stay with her cousins.  The mysterious maid, Elenora is assigned to Seadown home at the same time.  She is contacted by a magical benefactress who claims to be her godmother.   The godmother gives her jewels, fantastic gowns and magical slippers made of glass.  The glass slippers are a bit more sinister, painfully turning her feet into glass.  The prince is magically drawn to her.  It is more about the magic and less about her looks.  I love the way Poppy is a strong princess.  The female characters are much more empowered than your typical Disney princess.  You don’t need to read Princess of the Midnight Ball, to enjoy this book, but it helps.  George’s description of the ball gowns is delicious!

Some ideas for discussing with teens: 

Talk about the differences between Princess of Glass and the familiar Disney version of Cinderella

Discuss the more sinister glass slippers, where her feet become glass.  What message could the author be conveying? 

Talk about the idea of falling in love with someone just after one night of dancing. 

Talk about the differences in princesses like Poppy and traditional princesses in fairy tales.

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