Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 11 to 13
- Grade: 6 to 8
Resource Links Best of the Year
Centuries ago, Princess Sheila NaGeira finds herself stranded with her lover on a rocky outcrop ten leagues from Newfoundland's shore In the late nineteenth century, Sybil finds love in the parched badlands of Drumheller During World War II, Ruthie retrieves the ring that her dead brother gave to an unfaithful girlfriend before he left to fight in the war Today, Tess fears that her new-age boyfriend, Guy, had flown the coop and left her pregnant
No Missing Parts is for those who like princesses that are nothing like Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella It is for those who believe that love can save us, but that it never appears as a handsome prince It is for those who would like to confront the princess myth and, instead of bowing politely, challenge its very foundations
The stories collected here range over centuries, celebrating real princesses: women who become leaders, who defy social conventions, and who learn the hard way what it means to fall in love without giving up part of oneself
About the author
Anne Laurel Carter was born in Don Mills, Ontario. She has suffered from a bad case of wanderlust all of her life, which has taken her all over the world. In between travelling, Anne completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education. Anne loves working with children, and became an ESL and French teacher. She is also the mother of four children, but still finds time to read and write. Anne currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she works full-time as a teacher-librarian.
Anne is a multi award-winning author of several books for children. Her picturebook Under a Prairie Sky (Orca, 2004) won the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 2003.