Harriet is a princess. She is also a hamster. But she is no ordinary hamster princess. She does love playing chess and fractions, but she does NOT enjoy other princess-like activities such as looking melancholy (sad) and walking with perfect posture. So, when Harriet is 10, and she finds out that as a baby she was cursed by an evil fairy to prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep on her 12th birthday, she decides that she is invincible and goes off to have adventures.
If you choose to read Harriet the Invincible (Lexile: 810; Interest Level: Grades 2-5) by Ursula Vernon, you will find adventure, humor, and a few interesting twists on fairy tales. This is a great story for students who want an easy read that breaks through some of the traditional fairy tale rules and has a very spunky female character. It is the first book in the Princess Harriet series. (247 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.