Ever since she could remember, Violet and her mother have been locked away in a tower by the evil Queen Bogdana, who has the kingdom under her spell. The queen has everything she wants except one thing - beauty. Violet possesses this beauty. She also has a secret: though she is very small, both her spirit and her heart are mighty. But when Violet is summoned by Bogdana to start training to become a real princess, her mother is banished from the castle, and they're forbidden to see each other ever again. With everyone's lives in the balance, it's up to Violet to break the spell and reunite her family.
Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I Heart You, You Haunt Me, and The Bridge from Me to You and the middle grade novels It's Raining Cupcakes and My Secret Guide to Paris. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn't get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. Nicoletta Ceccoli is the award-winning illustrator of many children's books, including The Boo! Book by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, Little Red Riding Hood by Josephine Evetts-Secker, and Cinderella by Sarah Thompson. She studied animation at the Institute of Art in Urbino and currently resides in her native Republic of San Marino, Italy.