Today in YA History: October 2000 – ‘The Princess Diaries’ published!

October 2000: The first novel in “The Princess Diaries” series by Meg Cabot is published by HarperTrophy.

The Princess Diaries, quickly a New York Times Bestseller, would go on to become a ten-book series and two feature films made by Disney (starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews).

The epistolary novels chronicle the life and times of average Manhattan 9th grader Mia Thermopolis as she learns that she is the crown princess of Genovia… cue Ruritanian romance here! The first novel deals with this sudden bombshell being dropped by her father–who she thought was “just” a European politician–and her princess training by her critical Grandmere.

Summary from Meg Cabot’s site:

    She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

    NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

    DOWNER: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So there’s no heir to the throne.)

    SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

    THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

    Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal–blue in the face about her princessly duty—no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind.

    But what’s a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?

Want to catch up on Princess Mia? Head down to your local Independent bookstore today!

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