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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be pretty....
Aza's singing is the fairest in all the land - and the most unusual. She can "throw" her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn't possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She's hidden in the shadows in her parents' inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light - especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor. A magic mirror, a charming prince, a jealous queen, palace intrigue, and an injured king twine into a maze that Aza must penetrate to save herself and her beloved kingdom.
©2006 Gail Carson Levine (P)2015 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"A song-filled, fast-paced fairy tale." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Readers will instantly fall in love with the heroine, whose heart proves to be as warm as her voice." ( Publishers Weekly)
"[Readers will] sink into the fairy-tale romance, the remarkable characters, and the wild, magical adventures." ( ALA Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 03-11-18

Lovely story!

I loved the story, everything about it. It captures your attention at the first page. I love that it all revolves around singing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ME on 09-01-17

great story!

great author!! will certainly look for more books by this author!! narrator was great, too. only thing that could make the narrator better is if she actually sang the songs in the book, which would be tough because we don't know the tunes!!
reading the songs as poetry is just fine with me, too, though.

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