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A princess of Roumania
Paul Park
Adult Fiction PARK

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Sharp characterization and an unusual historical backdrop distinguish Park's charming leadoff to an intricate new fantasy series. In an alternate 18th-century world where England's been swamped by a tidal wave, America teems with blond savages and "Roumania" and Germany battle for European domination, a magic book concocted by conjuress Aegypta Schenck sends young Miranda Popescu, the "white tyger" descendant of ancient royalty and Roumania's hope of freedom from "black tyranny," to Massachusetts to escape the fiendish Baroness Nicola Ceausescu and the heinous elector of Ratisbon. With her best friend, Andromeda (turned magically into first a yellow dog and later a charismatic male Roumanian courtier), and her loyal teenage admirer, Peter ("really" the son of Roumania's bravest warrior), Miranda makes hard choices to start fulfilling her destiny. Park (Celestis, etc.) leaves some tantalizing loose ends, while the wily baroness and the necromancing elector promise dashing adventure and delicious heartbreak ahead. Blurbs from Ursula K. Le Guin and John Crowley testify to the novel's high quality. Agent, John Silbersack at Trident Media Group. (July 27) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Massachusetts teenager Miranda Popescu has a secret: she is actually a princess from an alternate Roumania, and the evil Baroness Ceaucescu is hunting for her across time and space. When the baroness finally finds Miranda and brings her to her own world, the girl's two friends, Peter and Andromeda, go with her and confront a world similar to their own but at the same time dangerously different. Park's fantasy debut, the first of a projected series, features a strong and resourceful teen heroine and an action-packed story of friendship and adversity. With strong appeal for both YA and adult readers, this belongs in most libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Miranda Popescu
Age: Teenager
Descendant of ancient royalty; hidden and raised by her aunt; in the middle of a political battle between our world and an alternate world.

Aegypta Schenck
Miranda's aunt.

Age: Teenager
Miranda's best friend.

Age: Teenager
Miranda's admirer.

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