The Princess Spy / by Melanie Dickerson.
Zondervan ISBN 9780310730989
HS (Adult) Grades 9-12 Rating: 5
Award-winning Melanie Dickerson pens her fourth young adult novel set in medieval Germany, loosely based on the story of The Frog Prince.
In The Princess Spy, Margaretha of Hagenheim Castle is a talkative young woman whose latest suitor–Lord Claybrook–seems enamored of her despite her talkativeness. Could he be her true love?
When an injured man is brought to the castle, Margaretha realizes he is speaking English and that she is the only one who understands him. As he recovers from his injuries and begins working in the stable, Colin confides he is searching for Claybrook, who may not be who he seems to be. Should she believe a foreigner? Should she spy on her suitor when Colin asks her to do so?
Then, while her father is away from the castle, Margaretha overhears Claybrook talking to his men about his plans. Colin and Margaretha flee to reach her relatives in Marienberg. Pursued by enemies, will they reach Marienberg in time to get reinforcements?
As in her earlier books, the faith element is clearly evident yet not preachy. For example, Colin and Margaretha pray for God’s guidance. Dickerson’s tales feature wholesome relationships while still building a strong attraction between the main characters, making this a good choice for teen readers.
Dickerson is a masterful storyteller with a carefully crafted plot, richly-drawn characters, and detailed setting. The reader is easily pulled into the story. All of her books are a delightful reimagining of a familiar tale–this one is her best so far!
Recommended for young adults and adults who are young at heart.
Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ
– Reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2014.