When Lucinda Chapdelaine was five, her parents left for a royal ball and never returned. For the past ten years, she has been living with her goldsmith uncle and unsympathetic, abusive aunt and working in their jewelry shop. The fifteen-year-old’s life begins to change when, on the same day, a mysterious woman brings in an unusual stone she wants set into a necklace, and the prince of the land comes looking for a gift for his betrothed. These unrelated visits set in motion a series of events that bring Lucinda into contact with a variety of colorful characters who are not necessarily who they appear to be. It takes all her ingenuity and resolve to uncover the hidden truths behind her past, her present experiences, and the people she encounters. First-time author Julie Berry has written a charming, memorable novel that is so much more than a fairy tale—it is an action-packed tale of loyalty, love, and duty (spiced with a healthy dose of humor) that will have readers cheering for Lucinda every step of the way. 320 pages. Ages 12 up
Recommended by Basya Karp, Librarian.