Once Upon a Curse
by E.D. Baker
Princess Emma is in love with a prince who wants to marry her. She is also the Green Witch, the most powerful witch in the kingdom. Her range of friends includes a talking dog, a bat named Lil, and some dragons; and she even enjoys the company of a ghostly grandfather.
So what could trouble her? Well, only one little thing: a curse that will kick in on her sixteenth birthday, condemning her to flee from flowers of every kind. For, if she should touch a flower from age sixteen on, she will become a horrible hag like her grandmother and her aunt before her. Until she can get rid of this family curse, Emma knows that she can never marry her beloved Prince Eadric.
Welcome to the third adventure in the series that started with The Frog Princess and then Dragons Breath. In this tale, Emma goes on a quest through time to find out exactly how the family curse came to be...and how to break it.
In the process, she learns some unpleasant realities about the people she was descended from. She also learns to fly, and to change into some pretty amazing shapes at will. Plus, Emma has brushes with harpies, moat monsters, dangerous old enemies, weird new friends, discouraging in-laws-to-be, and an amorous vampire.
But will she really marry Prince Eadric? Thats a matter to be settled in the next book, titled No Place for Magic.
Recommended Age: 11+
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