Trouble With Parsnips: About the Magic of Speaking Up

· A Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale Series Book 1 · Bumpity Boulevard Press

About this ebook

First book in an excellent series for ages 9 to 12--FREE for a limited time in May 2022!


It's like The King's Speech, but for kids!

When it's save-the-kingdom time, a nameless princess has to use her whole toolbox. . .

Organizing a party is hard! When you're a behind-the-scenes inventor princess, it's even worse.

But when your royal parents fall ill with croquet fever? All they want to do is play croquet!

The pressure's on!

Then your royal aunt burns down the castle. . .

And your fairy godmother's booby-trapped gift means. . .

No one hears you at all!

What's a princess to do?

Can she finally use the one tool that's never worked. . .her quiet voice?


About A Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale Series

If you're looking for kids books that ignite curiosity, you've come to the right place! Whether it's speaking up at a feast, reading a map or taking a test in a strange kingdom, these exciting children's books are about finding more magic in your life.

One lucky child gets the perfect leadership gift.

If only the fairies would remember the training wheels!



For ages 9 to 12. The books can be read in any order.

Perfect for fans of funny, fast-paced fairy tales like Jean Ferris' Once Upon a Marigold or E.G. Foley's The Gryphon Chronicles or Wade Albert White's The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes.

Also for friends of entertaining adventure stories. . .with a side of handy life skills. (Jacqueline Davies' The Lemonade Wars or Shannon Hale's Princess Academy.)

Editorial Reviews

“This nameless princess is a fabulously different kind of hero. I rooted for her triumph with every page turn."

—Deborah Halverson, award-winning author, editor

“Kids will love every quirky thing about it!”

--Kristi Wientge, author, KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE

“I love the premise of hiding in plain sight. The concept that a kid could go through childhood - and life - without feeling they are being heard or seen is such an important topic . . . I know a lot of kids will be drawn to this!”

--Halli Gomez, author: LIST OF TEN, contributing author: BRAVE NEW GIRLS: TALES OF HEROINES WHO HACK

“Emotionally engaging. I feel much sympathy for [the nameless princess], yet at the same time her parents and all their inadequacies are so endearing.”

--Michelle Leonard, contributing author, BRAVE NEW GIRLS: STORIES OF GIRLS WHO SCIENCE AND SCHEME, Young Adult (Sci-Fi Anthology for ages 12+)

“I love all the rich details like the Blackflies, the goldfish in the moat, the sluices carrying the desserts . . .” --Karin Lefranc, author, I WANT TO EAT YOUR BOOKS

What readers are saying:

Love this super-original fairy tale!

“This is a terrifically inventive tale about a princess (the youngest of 15 children) who needs a name, fast—and the clock is ticking. . .The stakes are high, not only for her but for the whole kingdom, and I found myself reading faster and faster as I neared the end. I also fell in love with the entire Cochem Kingdom, a wonderfully quirky place where the characters are obsessed with library books (yay!), good quality parsnip fries, and excellent, rollicking speeches. What a fun, satisfying read!” —Susan Gilbert-Collins

Trouble with Parsnips isn’t like any other book I’ve ever read. I would love to read more by the author. I give this book 5/5 stars as it is a great book, and I loved every single part of it. Have fun reading!

-Amy, expert reader and Books Are Gems blogger.

Keywords: Children’s Books, kids books, princess stories, adventure books, story books in English for kids, stories for 10 year olds, girl inventor, primary school, elementary school, Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tales

About the author

LAUREL DECHER lives on the outskirts of a mid-sized city in Germany, between a medieval chapel on St. James' Way and a boundary marker tree complete with scary face. It's a little surprising, since she expected to live in Vermont for the rest of her life. You just never know when adventure will call! TROUBLE WITH PARSNIPS is her first book for young readers (ages 9-12) and the first Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale. She writes stories about all things whimsical, vegetable, or musical. Beloved pets of the past--such as "Stretchy the Leech"--may or may not appear in those stories. She's famous for getting lost, but carries maps because people always ask her for directions. She can be found on Twitter and on her blog, This Is An Overseas Post, where she writes about life with her family in Germany. She's still a Vermonter and an epidemiologist at heart. PSA: Eat more kale! :) Her short story for adults, UNFORESEEN TIMES, originally appeared in the journal WINDHOVER.

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