The Charmingly Clever Cousin (Princess Power, No. 2)

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Fatima invites her friends to visit her sister and brother–in–law, Selime and Ahmed. The girls sense something suspicious when Ahmed's father becomes deathly ill, and then Ahmed goes missing. Ahmed's cousin Yusuf just might be to blame, but it's up to the princesses to solve this mystery.

Ages 8 – 12

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About the Author:

Suzanne Williams sometimes jumps on her bed, but she never monkeys around when it comes to her writing. She has written several picture books, including Library Lil, Mommy Doesn't Know My Name, and My Dog Never Says Please. She is also the author of the Princess Power series. Suzanne Williams lives in Renton, Washington.



Chuck Gonzales doesn't know any princesses personally (other than his sister), but he thinks wearing a crown and not having to spend his own money can't be all that bad. His artwork has appeared in such diverse publications as the New York Times, Weekly Reader, Tiger Beat, and Cosmopolitan. Chuck Gonzales lives in New York, New York.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 3–5—In the second book in this fantasy series, Fatima lives with her sister's family in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. The 12-year-old babysits her nephew, despite the protests of her brother-in-law, Ahmed, who worries that she is too irresponsible for the job. When she flies away on a magic carpet, leaving the baby in the care of a maid, he is furious. Upon Fatima's return, Selime, believing that her sister is lonely, allows her to invite her princess friends for a visit. Also visiting is Ahmed's beguiling cousin, Yusuf. Mystery ensues when Ahmed is kidnapped and Yusuf begins redecorating the palace. Of course, the princesses, with the help of the magic carpet, uncover Yusuf's plot. This is a disappointing story. The characters seem like caricatures: Ahmed is always angry, Selime is sweet, Fatima is flighty but has a good heart, and Yusuf is smart but evil. The book's pace and suspense increase toward the end, but the solution is predictable. The accompanying cartoons are mediocre at best.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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