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Top Ten Books if You Like The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
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1. The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale: Who said princesses can only wear pink? Or that they can’t save the land from monsters before tea time is over?
2. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine: When the Gray Death strikes her sister Meryl, timid Addie must venture forth alone to find the cure.
3. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George: Left by themselves at home, Princess Celie and her siblings must save the nation from a foreign takeover.
4. The Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker: Sleeping Beauty’s sister finds herself alone while the rest of the palace slumbers under a curse, so, of course there’s only one thing to do–set forth on a quest to break the spell.
5. Pericles by William Shakespeare: After fleeing from a plot against her life, the princess Marina finds herself sold for her flesh. Can she find a way to stay true to her values?
6. The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien: Eoywn seems to be a fan favorite, but Tolkien wrote about a lot of other amazing women, including Luthien, who took on Sauron’s master Morgoth.
7. Princeless series: Tired of waiting for a man to rescue her, Princess Adrienne escapes from her tower and sets forth on a quest to free her sisters from their various prisons.
8. The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke: When Violetta’s father offers her hand in marriage to the best knight, Violetta determines to win the competition herself.
9. The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye: A princess gifted with “ordinariness” runs away and becomes a kitchen maid. But is anyone truly “ordinary”?
10. Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis: A retelling of the “Cupid and Psyche” myth.
Bonus: The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis: For Susan (actually a queen) and Aravis (also not a princess, but still nobility).