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Philpot reviews The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti and read by Jeannie Stith.
702 The Horn Book Magazine father was taken away by soldiers and her mother disappeared, the lit- tle girl “never spoke a word. She never smiled. She just sat, waiting for her mama and papa to return.” Finally, the worried grandmother takes her granddaughter to a secret school for girls, where for months she remains silent until another little girl whispers (after the long winter break), “I missed you.” Winter keeps to her characteristic art style, with each acrylic painting neatly enclosed in a frame, and uses many patterns and colors representative of Afghani fabrics. Dark clouds provide a recurring motif throughout, in the sky or echoed below on the pave- ment, until at the end, as Nasreen ﬁnally opens up again, the clouds turn pink and there are glimpses of blue sky. As in The Librarian of Basra (rev. 1/05), Winter celebrates the importance of education (“the soldiers can never close the windows that have opened for my granddaughter”), and the reminder to Western children that it is a privilege worth ﬁghting for is a powerful one. s.d.l. AUDIOBOOKS Deb Caletti The Secret Life of Prince Charming Rev. 7/09 BrillianceAudio 2009 8 CDs isbn 978-1-4233-9371-9 $97.97 Read by Jeannie Stith. (High School) Seventeen-year-old Quinn and her younger sister Sprout have been warned by t
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