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Frogkisser!

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

The adventures of Anya, a second princess, out to disenchant the prince whom her sister Morven had been in love with, until her stepstepfather had not only turned this prince into a frog, but produced another prince to lure Morven's heart away. (Not that that's too difficult.)

And he threatens to send Anya to school at a place so far away that she's in danger merely going there.

Fortunately, the failed sorcerer who is the librarian had a recipe for lip balm that makes other kisses effective. They accidentally use it on another enchanted frog, though, so Anya must go on a quest to ready the balm.

It involves a transformed otter, how druids retire, whether a small boy is a thief, witches who need onions, what the kingdoms were like when unified as one, the differences between sorcerers and wizards, why it's said that a Garden is a prison, and more.

Enjoyable adventures, leavened with lightness.
Tags: fiction reviews: fairy tale based, fiction reviews: historical fantasy, ya books
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