Heather Dixon
Come and mend your broken hearts here. In this retelling of the classic tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," the eldest princess must fight to save her family—and her heart—from an ancient dark magic within the palace walls. "Full of mystery, lush settings, and fully orbed characters, Dixon's debut is both suspenseful and rewarding."—ALA BooklistJust when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it's taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late. "Readers who enjoy stories of royalty, romance, and magic will delight in Dixon's first novel."—Publishers Weekly Supports the Common Core State Standards

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  • Fantasy

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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On the night when Princess Azalea attends her first Yule ball, her mother dies. One of the many mourning rules is that there is to be no dancing. Desperate for a chance to dance, Azalea and her eleven sisters eagerly accept when Keeper, the mysterious occupant of a pavilion at the end of a secret passage, invites them to return each night to dance. Azalea does not realize until much later why Keeper allowed them to dance or just how much he likes to keep things. Azalea must prevent Keeper from escaping his hidden pavilion, but can she?

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