LilyPad Princess

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Princess Gwendolyn's boring life just got very strange. As always, there's Jack, her royal pain of a brother, but add Lily, a frog-turned-princess, and a Royal Ball to find Lily's family, and Gwendolyn is suddenly one busy girl. Now, someone or something, is attacking the castle. Is the kingdom safe, or is Jack right -- does it have something to do with the frogs?

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About Debi Faulkner

A native Detroiter by birth, I left the Motor City in 2001 for the Netherlands with my husband (a chiropractor) and my small children. In December of 2003, we moved again, this time to Ireland. While there, I took part in a mentorship program with the Irish author, Lia Mills, who helped me in making the transition from poetry to prose and from writing verses in poems to writing chapters in novels.

In August 2006, we relocated yet again to the Netherlands. Now, if only I was fluent in Dutch . . .

The upside of this nomadic lifestyle is that I have much more time than I would have had in the states to spend with my writing.

My non-fiction piece, Binder Clips, won first place at the 2002 Feed the Writers Weekend in Amsterdam, and my chapter book, Kissy Frog, won an Honorable Mention in the 2006 W.I.N. Competition. I have also had numerous poems published online and in print literary journals, and several have won awards, including a chapbook shortlisted for the 2005 Listowel Writer's Week Poetry Competition. I am a member of SCBWI and IrishPen, and I have a BA in English/Creative Writing.

Summoning is my first published novel.

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Review by: Elizabeth Miller on Feb. 28, 2012 : star star star star
Sweet story for small children. Princess Gwendolyn and her brother are playing in the gardens when Jack knocks off Gendolyns crown into the pond and when Gwendolyn goes to look for it she finds a tiny frog wearing a crown. Knowing her fairytales, Gwendolyn kisses the frog thinkshe has met prince charming, but instead she gets Princess Lily (or Freda if Jack has his way) and she has no memory of her home. Gwendolyn asks her father to allow her to throw a ball for Lily so she can see if anyone knows her and her family. Had a great time reading this for story time with the 3 to 8 year olds!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Abby Bookshelf Confessions on Aug. 14, 2011 : star star star star star
a cute cute story-probably would make a child awake til the story's end..
i know the story is for children..but adults and teenagers could be lured into it too.. a different twist on the story of "the frog prince" and the "princess and the frog"..
the story is well written and easy to understand..a really good one..and the turning events are really shocking..remarkable.. probably when someone ask me the story of "the princess and the forg"..i might say this one..!:D

Princess Gwendolyn's life just got very strange. As always, there's Jack, her royal pain of a brother, but add Lily, the frog-turned-princess, and a Royal Ball to find Lily's family, and Gwendolyn is suddenly one busy girl. Now, someone or something, is attacking the castle. Is the kingdom safe, or is Jack right -- does it have something to do with the frogs?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: justmax on Aug. 02, 2011 : star star star star
Princess Gwendolyn is playing in the garden with her annoying brother Jack when she notices a frog with a crown on its head. Thinking it might be a prince, she kisses it. However, instead of a prince, the frog turns into a little girl but she might not be what she seems.

This is a charming retelling of the fairy tale, The princess and the Frog and I would recommend it to anyone with a little girl especially if she has an annoying brother.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hannah Hummel on Aug. 02, 2011 : star star star star star
I really enjoyed reading about the main characters and how responsible they were in trying to solve the problems that were occuring at the palace and how redaly a person was excepted even for being different. I would recommend this book for elementary readers and up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beth M on July 20, 2011 : (no rating)
This was just the cutest take on "The Princess and The Frog" that I have ever read! It is well written and will definitely keep an 8-10 year old on pins and needles through the book. My favorite part was the ending. I love how the Princess "got back" at her brother without maliciousness. I hope he learns his lesson!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathy Hillamn on July 13, 2011 : star star star star star
I received this book through LibraryThings member reveiw program and very much enjoyed reading the story. The story is a twist on the classic fairy tale "The Frog Prince". There is a set of twins, a prince and a princess. The princess finds a frog with a crown the pond, and decides to kiss the frog to get her prince charming. What happens after the kiss is a tale of of what happens when we don't realize the effect our actions have on others.

I really enjoyed reading about the main characters and how responsible they were in trying to solve the problems that were occuring at the palace and how redaly a person was excepted even for being different. I would recommend this book for elementary readers and up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Missie Kelmell on July 13, 2011 : star star star star star
A charming fast paced retelling of the old fairy tale "The Princess and the Frog" with a twist. Appeal would be to the 8 to 12 year old girl. I enjoyed the story very much and would definately recommmend.
Missie Kelmell
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on July 11, 2011 : (no rating)
Its a cute short short ebook about a different take on the princess and the frog. I thinks kids will enjoy this tale. I know I thought it was charming.
two twin 11 yr Princess Gwedolyn & Prince Jack are playing out in the garden, as brothers do he was teasing his sister. Jack knocked her crown in the pond that was the second time so Gwendolyn went into the pond to find her crown. What she found was a frog on a lily pad wearing a little crown. Gwendolyn thought she better kiss it and turn Prince charming back to a prince instead she got a princess who lost her memory.
So they decide to have a ball and someone will surely recongize Princess Lily at the ball. She want to find her family.
Mean while the wall protecting the castle is getting a crack in it. Hundreds of lily pads all over the grounds. I was given the ebook in exchange for honest review.
so they have to solve both problems.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Wade on March 09, 2011 : star star star star
This is a great story to read to your children at bedtime. Althought there is plenty of tension as Gendolyn tries to figure out just how much her new friend Lily has to do with the attacks on the castle, it remains light hearted enough for even the most sinsitive of you young ones. It is also a good opportunity for children to begin to consider the fact that there are consequences to the things we do, even if we don't see them right away.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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