The Ordinary Princess
by M.M. Kaye
This contemporary novel reads like a classic fairy tale. Given the gift of being simply "ordinary," this princess finds her way to true happiness in a real and wonderful way. It's beautifully written, and the story is perfectly charming. It contains absolutely nothing offensive, but much that will delight all ages and genders.
Ms. Kaye is also a talented illustrator. Only two of the illustrations (which appear only occasionally throughout the book) are full-color, and the rest are black and white sketches that are so detailed and lovely that you will recall them as if they were full-color.
Age recommendation: 8 and up