Royally Good Reads!
Fiction and Non-Fiction about Princes, Princesses, Kings, Queens, and Other Royals List prepared by Cathy Belben, Burlington-Edison High School Updated May 2003 Fiction Alexander, Lloyd. The Castle of Lyr. (F ALE) Princess Eilonwy goes to the Isle of Mona for training as a proper princess, and there her loyal friends must go to rescue her when something sinister befalls her. Alexander, Lloyd. The Iron Ring. (F ALE) Driven by his sense of "dharma," or honor, young King Tamar sets off on a perilous journey, with a significance greater than he can imagine, during which he meets talking animals, villainous and noble kings, demons, and the love of his life. Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries. (F CAB) In her ninth-grade year, Mia Thermopolis struggles with numerous problems, including her lack of physical development and her difficult algebra class. Then things get much worse--her mother begins dating her algebra teacher, and her father returns to New York to announce that Mia is the heir to his throne in the small country of Genovia. Mia must learn to deal with her suddenly royal status, as well as cope with the usual problems. Cabot, Meg. Princess in the Spotlight. (F CAB) In this sequel to The Princess Diaries, Mia Thermopolis, who has recently been crowned princess of Genovia, participates in a TV interview arranged by her grandmother, the Grand Dowager Queen. On-air, Mia manages to enrage her best friend, practically get one of her teachers fired, and alienate the country of Genovia. Cabot, Meg. Princess in Love. (F CAB) In a series of humorous diary entries, a New York City ninth grader agonizes over her love life, final exams, and future role as the princess of Genovia. Cabot, Meg. Princess in Waiting. (F CAB) In the fourth volume of The Princess Diaries, Princess Mia Thermopolis is introduced to her Genovian subjects, and more importantly, she goes out on a date. Card, Orson Scott. Enchantment. (F CAR) American graduate student Ivan Smetski, haunted by the vision of a sleeping princess he believes he saw as a ten-year-old boy while exploring the Carpathian forest, returns to his native land to investigate and, with one kiss, is drawn into a world that vanished a thousand years earlier. Cooney, Caroline. The Ransom of Mercy Carter. (F COO) In 1704, in the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts, eleven-year-old Mercy Carter and her neighbors and family are captured by Mohawk Indians and their French
allies, and forced to march through bitter cold to French Canada, where some adapt to new lives and some still hope to be ransomed. Goldman, William. The Princess Bride. (F GOL) Westley, a farm boy, goes off to seek his fortune shortly after declaring his love for Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, but their relationship is put to the test when his ship is captured by pirates and she is summoned to become the bride of the prince. Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Just Ella. (F HAD) In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape. Kindl, Patricia. Goose Chase. (F KIN) Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, captured by several ogresses, and other dangers, before learning exactly who she is. King, Stephen. The Eyes of the Dragon. (F KIN) In the kingdom of Delain, a young prince must struggle against powerful forces to gain his rightful inheritance. Lasky, Kathryn. Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor. (F LAS) In a series of diary entries, Princess Elizabeth, the eleven-year-old daughter of King Henry VIII, celebrates holidays and birthdays, relives her mother's execution, revels in her studies, and agonizes over her father's health. Lasky, Kathryn. Marie Antoinette. Princess of Versailles. (F LAS) In 1769, thirteen-year-old Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, daughter of Empress Maria Theresa, begins a journal chronicling her life at the Austrian court and her preparations for her future role as queen of France. Maxwell, Robin. The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn. (F MAX) When Elizabeth I assumes the throne of England, she is given the secret diary of her mother Anne Boleyn, who was betrayed and beheaded by her husband Henry VIII. In reading the diary she learns about her mother's life and determines to heed the lessons of her mother's difficult life. McKinley, Robin. Deerskin. (F MCK) A beautiful princess flees from her father's wrath and unlocks a door onto a world of magic where she finds the key to her own survival. McKinley, Robin. Spindle’s End. (F MCK)
The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia's vengeful powers. Meyer, Carolyn. Anastasia, the Grand Duchess. (F MEY) A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them. Meyer, Carolyn. Doomed Queen Anne. (F MEY) In 1520, thirteen-year-old Anne Boleyn, jealous of her older sister's beauty and position at court, declares that she will one day be queen of England, and that her sister will kneel at her feet. Meyer, Carolyn. Isabel: Jewel of Castilla. (F MEY) While waiting anxiously for others to choose a husband for her, Isabella, the future Queen of Spain, keeps a diary account of her life as a member of the royal family. Meyer, Carolyn. Marie Antoinette, Princess of Versailles. (F MEY) In 1769, thirteen-year-old Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, daughter of Empress Maria Theresa, begins a journal chronicling her life at the Austrian court and her preparations for her future role as queen of France. Rawn, Melanie. Dragon Prince. (F RAW) Rohan becomes prince of the Desert. He must bring peace to his world and save the last remaining dragons in a land where killing dragons is a proof of manhood. Saint-Exupery, Antoine de. The Little Prince. (F SAI) An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life. Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. (F TWA) Hank Morgan wakes after a head injury in nineteenth-century Connecticut, wakes to find himself in King Arthur's England. Wrede, Patricia C. Calling on Dragons. (F WRE) Queen Cimorene turns to her friends Morwen, Telemain, and Kazul for help when troublesome wizards make their way back into the Enchanted Forest and begin to soak up its magic. Wrede, Patricia C. Dealing with Dragons. (F WRE) Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.
Wrede, Patricia C. Searching for Dragons. (F WRE) With the aid of King Mandanbar, Princess Cimorene rescues the dragon Kazul and saves the Enchanted Forest from a band of wicked wizards. Wrede, Patricia C. Talking to Dragons. (F WRE) Queen Cimorone sends her sixteen-year-old son Daystar into the Enchanted Forest with the only weapon that can combat an evil wizard's magic in an effort to restore the balance of power in the kingdom. Wyatt, Melissa. Raising the Griffin. (to be published January 2004) A story about the restoration of monarchy in a former Communist country and the sixteen-year-old crown prince who’s less than thrilled about the whole thing. Yolen, Jane. Girl in a Cage. (F YOL) As English armies invade Scotland in 1306, eleven-year-old Princess Marjorie, daughter of the newly crowned Scottish king, Robert the Bruce, is captured by England's King Edward Longshanks and held in a cage on public display. Yolen, Jane. Queen’s Own Fool. (F YOL) When twelve-year-old Nicola leaves Troupe Brufort and serves as the fool for Mary, Queen of Scots, she experiences the political and religious upheavals in both France and Scotland. Non-Fiction Brewster, Hugh. Anastasia’s Album. (947.08 BRE) Offers a unique glimpse into the private world of the the Romanovs. Cabot, Meg. Princess Lessons: A Princess Diaries Guide. (646.7 CAB) Princess Mia from "The Princess Diaries" offers advice on inner and outer beauty, character development, etiquette, and dating. Lace, William. The Little Princes in the Tower. (942.04 LAC) Discusses the deaths of 12-year-old Crown Prince Edward V of England and his younger brother who mysteriously disappeared during the Hundred Years War. Lacey, Robert. Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II. A biography of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, who became Queen of England on February 6, 1952. Includes information about her ancestors, including Queen Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII (who abdicated), George VI, and the Queen Mum. Also includes information about Princess Margaret, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, and other members of Britain's Royal Family.