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Party princess
Meg Cabot.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, c2006.
288 p. ; 22 cm.


In a series of humorous diary entries, fifteen-year-old Mia tries to figure out how to raise money for the bankrupt student government at her school while also worrying about how to become a "party girl."

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader Points 9

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
Lexile Measure 870

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 5
Title Point Value 15
Lexile Measure 870


Cindy Welch (Booklist, Feb. 15, 2006 (Vol. 102, No. 12))
Class president (and princess) Mia Thermopolis is in hot water when it is discovered that the purchase of new recycling containers has wiped out the funds needed for commencement. Her grandmother decides to help by producing a school musical starring a very reluctant Mia. Mia's quandaries are less involving here than in previous books in the series, but readers will still enjoy this seventh cast reunion. Category: Books for Older Readers--Fiction. 2006, HarperCollins, $16.99. Gr. 5-8.

Mary Jo Edwards (Children's Literature)
Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo returns in this seventh title of “The Princess Diaries” series. In this story Mia is so busy telling lies and trying to be a princess that she struggles to achieve self-actualization. Mia lies to her boyfriend about being a party girl, and then lies to her classmates about blowing the student council’s annual budget. Out of desperation, Mia asks her grandmother for a loan and is rejected. Instead, her shrewd grandmother develops an elaborate plan to raise money for both the student council and the purchase of the faux island of Genovia. This story will have a positive impact on the reader because there is a lot to learn from Mia’s character--telling lies exacerbates problems, honesty is the best policy, empathy is a noble trait, and if at first you do not succeed, try, try again. The author mixes humor, popular culture, and relevant teen issues to create a worthwhile read for princesses and commoners alike. 2006, HarperCollins Publishers, $16.99 and $17.89. Ages 12 up.

Joanna Solomon (KLIATT Review, March 2006 (Vol. 40, No. 2))
We join our princess, heir to the throne of Genovia but currently a 15-year-old high school student in Manhattan, for the 7th installment in the series. Mia is struggling with simultaneously achieving self-actualization, juggling the student government’s budget, impressing her boyfriend, and dealing with her haughty grandmother. None of these are particularly serious crises, but being the drama queen that she is, Mia agonizes. A new character named J.P. is introduced to the series. He’s a self-described “loner,” and Mia’s friends think he is cute, which inevitably leads to more drama. Party Princess follows the same mold as the last six books: Mia overreacts to minor issues and the whole novel covers the span of about two weeks. It’s a fast read, and it sets up the next volume well, because it’s clear Cabot has no intention of slowing down. Mia may be a drama queen, but she is still lovable and her hilarious diary entries couldn’t be more enjoyable. (The Princess Diaries, Vol. VII) Category: Hardcover Fiction. KLIATT Codes: JS*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2006, HarperCollins, 304p., $16.99 and $17.89. Ages 12 to 18.

Mary Ann Harlan (VOYA, April 2006 (Vol. 29, No. 1))
Princess Mia is back. This time she is determined to convince her boyfriend, Michael, that she is a "party girl" ¯ la Paris Hilton. And to complicate matters, the student body is out of money and her Grandmother has roped her and her friends into a musical production with Mia as the lead. Of course, being the lead means kissing another boy, which sends over-analytical Mia into another crisis. There is no new ground in this latest installment of The Princess Diaries, and what readers once may have considered a fresh voice has not changed much throughout the course of the series. Mia worries, making mountains out of molehills while staying true to the pop culture teen-speak that Cabot employs so well. The book is not likely to create new Princess Mia fans but it will keep Cabot's series readers happy. VOYA CODES: 2Q 3P J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, HarperCollins, 288p., $16.99 and PLB $17.89. Ages 12 to 18.

Molly Gregerson, Teen Reviewer (VOYA, April 2006 (Vol. 29, No. 1))
In Party Princess, Mia starts dealing with different issues. She isn't worried about going to a dance, but she is concerned about what kind of girl she is and if she wants to change herself for Michael, and she grew because of it. She is more mature now, and so are her problems. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, HarperCollins, 288p., $16.99 and PLB $17.89. Ages 12 to 18.


The princess diaries ; v. 7


Princesses Fiction.
Student government Fiction.
Parties Fiction.
High schools Fiction.
Schools Fiction.
Diaries Fiction.
Humorous stories.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.C11165 Par 2006
2006000364 [Fic]
9780060724535 (trade bdg.)
0060724536 (trade bdg.)
9780060724542 (lib. bdg.)
0060724544 (lib. bdg.)
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