A real princess is moving to Stoneybrook! Eight-year-old Victoria Kent, distantly in line for the British throne, is spending six months in the States with her parents.
To help Victoria adjust to American life, her nanny hires Mary Anne as a companion. Together, she and the BSC vow to make sure Victoria loves Stoneybrook and the United States. It isn't as easy as it sounds, though, because Victoria is used to a very different lifestyle. If the Baby-sitters aren't careful, this job could turn into a royal pain!
Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter
The title for Mary Anne and the Little Princess came from one of my favorite books when I was growing up — A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Another of my favorite books was also by Frances Burnett — The Secret Garden. When I was a kid, I just loved reading. (As an adult, I still do.) I had a lot of favorite books. Among them were the Mary Poppins books, the Wizard of Oz books, the Doctor Doolittle books, Marguerite Henry’s horse stories, Roald Dahl’s books (especially James and the Giant Peach), Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and Baby Island.
My sister and I were very lucky because when we were growing up we were frequently given books as gifts. By the time I was ten, I had a huge shelf full of books I loved. That was why I decided to start a lending library in my bedroom. I spent a long time one summer making pockets to put in the back of each book, and cards to go in the pockets. I opened my library to the kids in the neighborhood, and let them check out books to read. That was the summer I wanted to be a librarian. I changed my mind about a career lots of times after that, but as you can see, I still ended up working with children’s books. And I still have all the books that were on the shelves of my long-ago library.