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A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse. An essential gift, this inspirational story about family, sisterhood, imagination and bravery is a modern classic to be handed down from mother to daughter for generations

'A fierce fairytale for the rebel girl' KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE
'A complete revelation' THANDIE NEWTON
'A magical modern retelling of an old fairytale ... Exquisite' JACQUELINE WILSON
'Wild, wise, generous, ferocious' KATHERINE RUNDELL

For her twelve daughters, Queen Laurelia's death in a motor car accident is a disaster beyond losing a mother. Their father, King Alberto, cannot bear the idea of the princesses ever being in danger and decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs. Those costs include their lessons, their possessions and, most importantly, their freedom.

But the eldest, Princess Frida, will not bend to his will without a fight and she still has one possession her father can't take: the power of her imagination. And so, with little but wits and ingenuity to rely on, Frida and her sisters begin their fight to be allowed to live.

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24th January '19
Hingham read it themselves aged 4 to 7
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
5 stars
Beautiful book. A great read full of inspirational feminist stories. The writing is magical. The characters are great. 
It’s a special book to keep for years and read over and over. 
8th April '19
I read it to AnnaC aged 9 aged 9
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
5 stars
A fantastic feminist fairytale, marvellous stuff! Its a big book to hold, especially in hardback, so it can be a little offputting to choose for a child, but its well worth it, a refreshing take on a classic fairy tale
18th January '19
Hermione read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
5 stars
This is an extremely feminist fairytale. It is about twelve young daughters , who , after their mothers death have all responsibilities taken away from them. The eldest daughter, Frida, will not go down without a fight and she and her sisters fight for their rights.
My favourite character in this book is Frida because she encourages her sisters to do the right thing. She also has very strong ambitions. I would definitely recommend this book.
10th January '19
I read it myself (an adult)
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
5 stars
What a great story! A modern take on the fairy tale genre with great characters. The language is rich and vibrant. However, the real magic of this book is the illustrations. As I turned each page a new image bought the words to life and enhanced my experience of this book. A wonder. Highly recommended for children and adults alike. 
1st February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
5 stars
The Restless Girls is a most welcome edition to the wonderful world of modern fairytale retellings indeed and it’s one that every young girl and boy should read. Not only does it have elements of empowering women who can save and look after themselves (no shadow of a damsel in distress appeared here) but it also encourages you to not allow others to damped your dreams and passions. It was refreshing to see that the 12 beautiful princesses, were what I believed to be inspired and named after unique inspirational women (the main character Frida being named after Frida Kahlo, Jessie Burton please say I'm right?!)

Overall, this is a magical tale of bravery, sisterhood and fighting for your rights. My only wish being, that whilst I adored Angela Barrett’s illustrations, I just wish that there could’ve been more. With only 17 illustrations in total I can’t help but pine over the missed artistic representation that could’ve been. But nevertheless, this gloriously gorgeous hardback edition is one that I’ll be sure to read over and over again.
14th March '19
Hstar read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
5 stars
I loved this book it was lovely to follow the journeys and the secret world that the girls were able to escape to.  Their father wants to keep them safe and just wants them to be princesesses but the girls have other ideas.  I was gripped all the way through the I couldn't stop reading it at the end brilliant ending.
2nd February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
5 stars
Utterly lovely. The story is one we love already and I so enjoyed seeing each of the 12 Dancing Princesses with their own names and identities; the imagined backstory made the whole premise really convincing and poignant...as an exploration of grief. The illustrations are just exquisite, luring the reader to follow the 'excellent girls' on their nightly adventures. I loved it and I'll read it to my own restless girls (and boy).
12th January '19
I read it to Brobee aged 6 aged 6 & to Class 3 aged 7 to 8
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
5 stars
This is a stunning book that takes the fairy tale genre and brings it right up to date with wonderfully diverse female characters and a mysterious world that is a joy to discover. The look and feel of the book are magical, with illustrations that whirl around each page. It's a wonderful book to read aloud and is thoroughly recommended. A true classic in the making.
13th January '19
I read it myself (an adult)
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
5 stars
A beautifully created book, both in terms of words and illustrations. The Restless Girls is the story of the loss of a mother and wife, and how different people react through grief. It is also a book about the power of the imagination and how to tap into your 'inner lioness' (courage). The story moves early on from a real type of world to a strangely magical one, where there are anthropomorphized animals living in it. The reader must suspend disbelief in order to enjoy this unusual new fairy tale, not just because of such things as dancing lions, but how unlikely characters react to one another (Thinking about the ending in particular.). Overall, I liked it and thought it was an original and interesting feminist story. Incredibly positive and uplifting. However, my nine year old son wasn't as keen to read it. I will have another go with him with it at a later date.
16th January '19
Addie read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
5 stars
The language in this book is magical, the story is amazing and the I’ll are beautiful. The book as a whole has a really special feel about it. I think this is different to any fairy tale I have ever read before and I love the strong femenist message it gives without it overpowering the storytelling 
1st March '19
This Girl Loves to Read read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist 9781408886915
4 stars
After Queen Laurelia’s tragic death, her twelve daughters were left devastated. But, when the girls’ father can’t bear the idea of the princesses ever being in danger, he took away all of their special resources, including their freedom. This story shows friendship, braveness and determination. I  enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people who like fairy - tales and adventure. The characters are from a basic fairy- tale who live a creative, enjoyable life. A great fantasy read!!!
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About Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton was born in 1982 and went to school in south London. Her favourite subjects were story writing, sleeping and ice-cream eating. After studying at Oxford University she went on to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She worked as an actress and a PA before her first novel, The Miniaturist, was published. The Miniaturist was translated i...

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About Angela Barrett

Clement C Moore was a professor of oriental and Greek literature as well as divinity and Biblical learning. He wrote A Visit from St Nicholas (now better known as The Night before Christmas ) for his children in 1822 and it is now a Christmas classic, kn...

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