Eliza and Lavender, two sisters who live on their grandmother’s farm, could not be more different. Practical and industrious Eliza resents lazy Lavender who dreams and sings instead of doing her chores.

Determined to be rescued by a prince, Lavender runs away, only to be abducted by the dastardly Mordmont who seeks a princess’s ransom. Lavender is not, however, a princess. With no ransom forthcoming, dependable Eliza must rescue her. Not an easy task when this flighty sibling truly wants to believe Prince Charming is on his way.

Sarah Courtauld’s first book in her Buckle and Squash series teaches family loyalty and hard work. Her writing is simple and makes the reader an unseen character in the story. Unfortunately, her humor is often crass and even includes one jab at the Pope. Somehow bathroom jokes seem out of place in a book aimed at young girls. Parents who hope to instill an elevated tone in their own little princess may want to take a pass on this series.

A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...