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Once Upon a Marigold [Paperback]

Jean Ferris


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Jun 2004
Christian was clueless when he started spying on the royal family through his telescope. He lives in a cave with a troll for a dad, after all. If his dad had only warned him about all that mind-boggling love stuff, maybe things wouldn't be such a mess. Although then, maybe, Princess Marigold would be dead. But Christian wasn't warned. And now that he's fallen for the princess, it's up to him to untwist an odd love triangle - er, rectangle - and foil a scheming queen who wants to take over the kingdom, even if it means bumping off her own daughter.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152050841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152050849
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,399,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JEAN FERRIS has written more than a dozen popular books for teens, including several ALA Best Books for Young Adults and one YALSA Teens' Top Ten Best Book. She lives in San Diego, California. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  133 reviews
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy story 23 Oct 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Once Upon a Marigold by: Rachel Kemel

The book I read was Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris. This book is about a boy, Christian, who is looking for adventure and runs away from home. He ends up living with a forest troll. Christian liked to invent things and to watch the royal family through his telescope. He falls in love with the princess and one day sends her a letter. The boy and the princess are soon writing letters to each other all the time. The forest troll tells the boy that he has to grow up, to start figuring things out by himself and to get a job. The boy gets a job at the palace, where he learns about a plot. The plot is for the queen to kill the princess and her father so she could take the throne. The boy is put into a dungeon but he escapes, crashes the princess's wedding, and gets married to her, all of this in one day.

I thought this book was exciting to read because you could never predict what was going to happen next. I like unpredictable stories because when you read there are surprises that make you read it more and more. I was able to feel like I was in the book because the author was very descriptive when she was writing. I was able to paint a picture in my head of what was happening in the book, I feel that it is a good quality in a book. The main conflict did interest me because it helped the story get more interesting as the main conflict got bigger and bigger. The characters seemed realistic because the author described them really well, so I could picture them like a painting in my mind. The book's ending was very satisfying because everything turned out okay, the boy married the princess, the queen was defeated, and the boy was able to invent a bridge for the kingdom.

The author's voice was mysterious because she described things and then all of a sudden something happens without you knowing it. Her voice helps the story get better. The author used vocabulary in an interesting way; some words were Beelzebub, Hecate, Edric, Swithbert, Olympia, and Beaufort. These are all names of animals and people in the story. I like it because it makes the story more interesting with more interesting names. The author's unique characteristics are, being able to paint a picture in person's head, teaching lessons, keeping the suspense going, and making me feel like I was somewhere else. The author's ability to make you feel like the characters are talking to you, that you are actually there, and mysterious voice that makes you wonder what's will happen next makes you want to read the story more. The author's ability to make the characters seem to be talking to you makes the book seem more appealing because when they seem sad you start to feel sad. It really makes it interesting. When you feel like you are there, you can see everything that is happening, you feel like you are a completely different person. The author's tone made the book very unpredictable. When I read it I did not suspect anything that had happened which just made it better and better. Once Upon a Marigold is one of those books where you feel like you are in them and watching from the sidelines. I love to read those kinds of books.

I give Once Upon a Marigold a five because it was very descriptive, and I felt like I was in it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes captivating books. I would recommend this book because it is a really good book and everything good happens, it makes you want to see what will happen next.

Once Upon a Marigold is a really good book that is about things that aren't in real life that make it more interesting then it would if there wasn't. I am really glad that I read this book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting fairy tale 5 Jan 2003
By shiara the witch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book! I loved that it was a fairy tale, and I loved the story.
Christian is a boy that ran away from home and was adopted by a troll and his two dogs. He grows up admiring the princess marigold from across the river, and when he is 17 he starts coresponding with her.
Edric, the troll that adopted Christian, thinks that Christian should go and see the world, so Christian goes and takes a job at the castle. The night he arrives a banquet is being held in honour of princess Marigold's two suiters, neither of which she likes. Marigold and Christian finaly meet and fall in love, but before they can live happily ever after they have to foil the plans of Marigold's evil mother.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Marigold 23 Nov 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Once Upon A Marigold, is a novel by Jean Ferris. It takes place in an enchanted forest and King Swithbert's castle.

The main characters are a commoner named Christian, a princess named Marigold, a troll named Ed, a King named Swithbert, and a Queen named Olympia. This story is about Christian who falls in love with Princess Marigold. Christian started to P-mail (pigeon mail) her. Surprisingly enough she writes back. One day his foster father Ed says he has to go and get a job. So Christian gets a job at the castle where Princess Marigold lives. He over hears Queen Olympia saying that if Marigold gets married to one of her suitors named Sir Magnus, who does not have a kingdom of his own and they would be have to live at the castle. She would have an "accident" happen to Marigold and King Swithbert. Then Queen Olympia would rule. Now Christian has to convince Marigold that her mother is trying to kill her! There are surprising secrets at the end that I will not tell so you have to read the book to find out.

My favorite part was when Christian and Marigold first met and Christian finds out about Marigold's powers. This is when the story gets exciting because it is what the beginning is leading up to.

I recommend you should read this book if you are between the ages of 9 and 14. I would give this book 5 stars because it was one of the best books I have ever read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read -- pick it up! 13 Nov 2003
By BookAddict - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I got this book at a book fair at school, and wasn't expecting much, as I'm well over the age limit of "Intermediate". I happen to be a sucker for fairy tales, which is why I picked it up. I was in for a treat -- this book is great! It's funny, witty, and has a great ending that leaves you spinning with great ideas. It's definitely a great book worth a read, and even more so if you like fairy tales and comedy intertwined. It nails a few comical society problems (without sounding drab one bit), and has the exact amount of tension to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last period. I'll be looking for a sequel to this book, because the end leaves you grinning for more! It's one of the rare books that I've found actually ends complete but leaves room for a sequel, which is one of the qualities that draws readers in. Great work, Ms. Ferris!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever 18 Oct 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:School & Library Binding
A troll named Ed comes along and finds a boy named Christian.Christian ran away from home becouse he did't like his parients rules.So Ed takes him home. Ed lives in a cave filled with all different kinds of stones.Chriyian watches the roal family alot but mostly watches Princess Marigold on of the darters. He likes her. Marigold and Christian write P-mails back and forth to each other. Chritian lives there for 17-18 years. Christian never wanted to find his parients so he lived with ed all that time.Ed begainto love christian as a son. Ed thanks Chritian should go out and see the world. So Christian gets a job at the castle later on Princess Marigold finds out that he works there.

I liked that there was a love story between Christian and Marigold. I like that there were imarginary creatures. I liked every thing about this book.
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