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***Once Upon a Marigold

by Jean Ferris

Reviewed February 1, 2003.
Harcourt, San Diego, 2002.  266 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF FER)
A Sonderbooks’ Stand-out of 2003:  #11, Young Adult Fantasy

Once Upon a Marigold doesn’t fracture any specific fairy tale; it’s simply a light-hearted romantic comedy set in a fairytale world.  When Edric the troll finds a runaway child in fancy clothes, he ends up taking the boy to his cave and bringing him up as his own.  As the boy, Christian, grows, he takes an interest in the castle across the river, watching its inhabitants through his telescope.  One day, he begins a p-mail (pigeon carried) correspondence with Princess Marigold.  Their friendship grows, but does it have any future?

There’s nothing profound in this book, but that’s not what it’s trying to be.  Simply good light-hearted fun.

Reader comment:  Kathleen gives this book five stars!

Erika also gives this book five stars.  She says, "This book was great and hilarious.  This book is a hilarious upside down, inside-out fairy tale!"

Another reader gives this book five stars.

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