Gail Carson Levine
HarperCollins, c2006. 326 pgs. Young Adult
In the magical land of Aortha, status is measured by your musical singing talent. Through a set of fortuitous circumstances, Aza travels to the kingdom’s palace where she catches the eye, or rather ear, of the Prince. As an adopted inn-keeper’s daughter she has always been embarrassed and distraught by her irregular appearance. As Aza begins an adventure that leads her to her true identity she discovers that appearances are not always what they seem and learns to accept her differences.
A lovely book, which could only demonstrate its true splendor in the audio version—where nearly 1/4 of the book is sung aloud. Beautiful music and a magical read. A delightful fairy tale for all ages.