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A dash of royal rouge, an iridescent bubble and the job of her dreams for 15-year-old Desi.

When an immaculately dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and asks you if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you:

a) Run

b) Faint

c) Say yes!

For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C - that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula 'Royal Rouge', she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?

Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don't know? Or when a princess's conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off - and you know she would want you to change his mind? 

In this hilarious, winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

©2010 Lindsey Leavitt (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This is a fast-paced and humorous read with a dash of romance. It's sure to leave readers longing for the next installment." (School Library Journal)

"Fans of The Princess Diaries (2000) and Ella Enchanted (1997) will be pulled in by Desi and her refusal to accept the status quo. Fortunately for them, Leavitt’s first novel is not her last." (Booklist)

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