For ten years, Eliza has lived with a foster family far from home, protected from the plague that has been ravaging her parents' kingdom. But when her stepmother the Queen dies of the plague, her quiet life changes forever. With the kingdom in chaos, it's up to teenaged Eliza to find her long-lost brothers, save their homeland — and claim her rightful place on the throne. An ingenious, feminist update of the Hans Christian Andersen story that bursts with adventure, all the way to the thrilling climax.
Product Dimensions:5.5 x 8.13 inches
Page Count:48 pages
Age Range:Ages 8-11 years
Awards & Accolades
Featured in The Wall Street Journal
★ "An adaptation triumph.... a must-have for all fairy-tale lovers" – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This new retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s Wild Swans is both magical and down to earth" – Youth Services Book Review
"Knight builds on Anderson's story: editing, embellishing, and refining the original to create an interpretation that is familiar, yet fresh and new" – Reading Style Guide
About the Contributors
Retold by - Xanthe Gresham Knight
Xanthe Gresham Knight is an acclaimed writer and storyteller who performs across Europe and North America and who, according to the Arts Council of England, "speaks like a woman spitting jewels." Xanthe lives in East Sussex, England.
Illustrated by - Charlotte Gastuat
Charlotte Gastaut is one of France’s best-known illustrators of children’s books. She studied at the École Supérieure d'Art Graphique. She has contributed to numerous women's magazines and has written and illustrated many books for children. Charlotte lives in France.