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Laura Joy Rennert

Dear Librarian:

Lots of girls go through a princess stage. My daughter Emma was no exception. First, Em adored everything princess-y, and then she wanted to be the least princess-y girl ever. This funny, relatable switch inspired ROYAL PRINCESS ACADEMY, DRAGON DREAMS.

Princess Emma comes from a long line of princesses. Her great-great-grandmother Snow White and grandmother Beauty both won the All-School Princess Contest when they were students. Emma's in her first year at the Academy, and, with the contest looming, she doesn't have a lot of faith in herself. Her classmates don't have much faith in her either, because Emma is not your typical princess. For starters, Emma has a secret: she really wants to be a Dragon Rider!

Girls will root for and relate to Emma. She's sporty and funny and still finds a way to be royally and truly herself... whether she's competing in the All-School Princess Contest or trying to save the kingdom's dragons from possible extinction.

I love talking to kids, booksellers, and librarians. One of the highlights of promoting my first book, BUYING, TRAINING, AND CARING FOR YOUR DINOSAUR, illustrated by Marc Brown, was the support of librarians who were so passionate and knowledgeable about the children's market. Thank you so much for helping DINO find its way. I'm available to do book events in person or via Skype. Check out my website for more information on the book and for the Royal Princess Academy story/party kit:

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Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams / Laura Joy Rennert / Dial

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0803737501 / Published: September, 2012

Ages 6+ / Hardcover / Chapter book

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