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Read for a Lifetime 2022-2023 List: Cinderella is Dead

Illinois Center for the Book Reading Program

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400 Pages It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over.  Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery.  If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.  Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade around in front of suitors.  At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum.  There she meets Constance, the last known descendent of Cinderella and her step-sisters.  Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all – and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew….. 

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