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Dig in to this middle-grade fantasy featuring a horticulturally minded princess, a beautiful butevil witch, and a magpie with a shameful secret.

Princess Adela is not a typical princess. She’s neither particularly beautiful nor particularly graceful, and she’d rather spend her days digging new plots for her garden than listening to teatime gossip. But when her friend Garth is invited to a garden party hosted by Lady Hortensia — whose beauty is said to be rivaled only by the loveliness of her gardens — Adela can’t resist coming along, even if it means stuffing herself into a too-tight dress and donning impractical shoes. But the moment Adela sets eyes on Hortensia’s garden, she knows something is amiss. Every single flower is in bloom — in the middle of October! Not only that, there is a talking magpie flitting about the garden and stealing the guests’ jewels. Is it possible that Hortensia is a witch and the magpie an enchanted prince? And what of the flowers themselves? Will Adela get to the root of the mystery and nip trouble in the bud before it’s too late?
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on March 12, 2013 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763656852
ISBN-13: 9780763656850
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  • mags
    magsTuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm55 stars
    Princess Adela is a normal princess, not pretty, not anything special. Then, one day, she gets a letter from Lady Hortensia. When Adela arrives, she knows something is wrong, flowers are blooming in the middle of October! I absolutely love this book! There is an air of mystery in it that makes intriguing. I love stories where the princess saves the people instead of the prince. I like how the book is modern, yet old fashioned, with a magpie. I love magpies! When you find out the backstory of the magpie, you are going to be sort of surprised! I definitely recommend this book!
    • pinkrose
      pinkroseTuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm55 stars
      I loved this book it was the best. What I loved about the book was all the magic, the creatures, the flowers,and the love.I read it in six days because it was amazing five stars!!!
      • trmoore
        Mrs. MooreSunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:55 am55 stars
        Possible 2014 Newbery Award
        • maddyrocks13
          maddyrocks13Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm55 starsFeatured
          Ok. Just three words. READ THIS BOOK! I really, really liked this book and stayed up all night to finish it. It's a novel about a princess you might not find in every fairytale. Adela isn't stunningly beautiful, smart, or proper. But she does like to garden. When her friend asks her to come along to a famous gardener's party, she thinks "Why not?" Well, she wasn't as ready for it as she thought. The famous gardener, Lady Hortensia, is a witch and Adela is the only one who can stop her! I'm not going to spoil the ending for you, but I will say that you will love it. :)
          • AlexisFriday, March 15, 2013 at 11:49 am
            I won this book,I can't belive it
            • msmangocat
              msmangocatTuesday, April 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm
              No u didn't. U have to sign in to enter.
            • everybodyrules
              everybodyrulesThursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm
              I won this book! I haven't read it yet, but I won it!
              • cutiegirl10
                cutiegirl10Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm
                15 people will win, and I hope I am one of those 15.
                • cutiegirl10
                  cutiegirl10Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm
                  I really want to win
                  • angie10131
                    angie10131Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm
                    hope who ever gets it likes it
                    • horsey
                      horseySunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:08 am
                      Good luck!