Once Upon a Marigold, by Jean Ferris [Teen Fiction]

Reviewed by Kaitlyn, age 12

Once Upon a Marigold is funny, romantic, and suspenseful.  This book includes a boy named Christian who lives with a forest troll named Ed.  As he grows older, Christian begins to fall in love with the princess marigold of Beauverage, the kingdom across the river.  Queen Olympia of Beauverage, Marigold’s mother, is plotting to exterminate Marigold and King Switherbert, so that she can be sole ruler.  The plot takes a little while to speed up, but when it does, Once Upon a Marigold is an overall great short read (272 pages).