A Retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses.
This retelling works because it fleshes out the bones of the original, giving us characters to root for and explanations for the things that make no sense. The addition of Zita as the thirteenth and unwanted daughter, relegated to life as a servant, was interesting but was a bit difficult to believe given that it was common knowledge. You would think that her sisters would have reached out to her. It makes their sudden embracement of her less powerful as it makes you wonder if they would have continued to ignore her if she had not approached them first. The idea of a royal demoting/disowning a child has plenty of precedent; I just found the way it was worked into this story less plausible.
Overall, a fun read and recommended for ages 10+.
Recommended reading:Jessica Day George's Princess of the Midnight Ball and Juliet Marillier's Wildwood Dancing are other retellings that I found more powerful and interesting than this one.