Still Watching Meghan and Harry? Try These Royal Stories

Lynn: Are you still watching videos of Meghan and Harry’s wedding on YouTube?  Yup, me too. If you and your teens are ready to move on to royal-watching in a different format, here’s a delightful new book that checks all the boxes for fans of crowned-heads-on-anything. Gorgeous clothes? Check. Handsome princes? Check. Behind-the-scenes secrets? Check. Castles? Check. Down-to-earth-heroine with her head screwed on right? Check. Sweet romance? Double check! Royals (2018) by Rachel Hawkins has it all. Wildly entertaining, funny, full of royal glamour, and just enough of a sensible “be-yourself” theme to balance the froth.

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Daisy is an ordinary high-schooler from a small town in Florida—if ordinary includes having a briefly famous rock star as a father. Daisy’s perfect older sister, Ellie, is engaged to Crown Prince Alexander of Scotland, something that hasn’t affected Daisy’s life too much until an ex-boyfriend decides to get even with her by lying to the paparazzi. Suddenly, Daisy is in the limelight, and the royals decide she should come to Scotland to learn the ropes. Daisy is thrown into a confusing world of titles, tartans, cold castles, crazy hats, and a bewildering web of secrets and snobbery. There are also some seriously handsome princes! Never fear, this seriously snarky girl from the Colonies finds a way to stay true to herself and find sweet romance. Happily, this is the first of a series, so there is more Royals-watching to come.

Royal Wedding Disaster by Meg CabotDo you have starry-eyed middle-grade Royal Romantics clamoring for something crown-related too? A perfect choice is Royal Wedding Disaster (2016). In fact, Meg Cabot’s whole series, From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, is sure to be a perfect fit for younger readers. Princess Olivia, the newly discovered half-sister of by Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia, is already up to her royal ears with adjusting to life as a princess. Add Mia’s royal wedding to the mix of princess lessons, roaming iguanas, a seriously stuck-up cousin, and a really cute prince, and you have a fun and frothy romp that is sure to please.

Adjust your crowns, readers, and enjoy! (For Royal Wedding-themed books for older readers, check out this post. Haters can read this one.)

About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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