Water Song: A Retelling of "The Frog Prince" (Once Upon a Time)

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When Emma Pennington travels with her mother to their family estate in Belgium, they find a war-torn country with enemy troops fighting to take over the estate, and Emma learns many lessons from the war, including that life is unpredictable.

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Suzanne Weyn has written more than 100 novels for children and young adults and has had her work featured on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books in the Once upon a Time series include The Crimson Thread and The Night Dance among others.  Another contribution to the Pulse line is her Romantic Comedy, South Beach Sizzle. Suzanne lives in Putnam Valley, NY.s

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Grade 5 Up—Setting this retelling of "The Frog Prince" in World War I Belgium is an interesting idea that didn't work out very well. Emma, a British citizen, is stranded on her family's estate after her mother is killed by a bomb. Their home is requisitioned as a garrison for the German army. To compound her trauma, her fiancé has broken off their engagement and, in a fit of pique, Emma throws the golden ball-shaped locket with his photo into the well—an action she immediately regrets. When she tries to retrieve it, she discovers an American who's been fighting with British forces hiding in the water in an attempt to counter the effects of a gas attack. He's a good swimmer, his skin is blistered, and his eyes are bulging and swollen from the gas. As soon as he is able to see Emma, he wants her to kiss him. Readers are meant to understand that he is the frog prince. All that might plausibly be worked into a satisfying historical novel cum fantasy, but when Weyn overburdens the narrative with the "frog's" complicated Louisiana mixed-race backstory involving Natchez magic, a history as a runaway, a stint in the merchant marines, and more, the narrative sinks under the weight. In this case, less would be more.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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