Once upon a Toad
Simon & Schuster, April 2012
hc: 978-1416984788
pb: 978-1416984795


Once Upon a Toad

Once upon a time, Cat Starr lived with her astronaut mom in Houston. But when her mother gets sent on a last-minute space mission, Cat is shipped off to a faraway land—her dad's house, halfway across the country—to share a room with her real-life evil stepsister, Olivia. Just when Cat can't take it any more, Great-Aunt Abyssinia comes to the rescue. And things go from bad to worse.

Out of nowhere, toads start appearing whenever she opens her mouth. At the same time, Olivia spouts precious gems and flowers when she speaks. How unfair is that? Before you can say "happily ever after," the girls are on the run from jewel thieves and a secret government agency. Can Cat save the day—and get rid of all those toads?

2013 Oregon Book Award finalist
Flamingnet Top Choice Award


"...enjoyable twist on a Charles Perrault fairy tale."
"For fans of fantasy and fairy tales, this is a gem."
"...humorous, quick-moving story."
"Recommended for fans of pure wackiness."
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