Children's Books


Alethea Kontis

ISBN: 978-0547645704

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Harcourt

Copyright Date: 2012

Price: $16.99


It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises. The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?


Look for two new books in the series soon!

YALSA nominated YA Fantasy

A 2012 Gelett Burgess Award winner for outstanding contribution to children’s literature in the Fiction category.

Brilliance Audio edition narrated by Katy Kellgren; 978-1469202914; $19.99


May 2012; 978-0547645704; $16.99 hardcover ages 12 and up

May 2013 paperback (Graphia); 978-0544022188; $8.99

Scholastic license, Vietnam license




2015 Garden State Book Teen Award

World Book Night selection 2014

2013 YALSA Top Ten BFYA (Best Fiction for Young Adults)

2013 Andre Norton Award Finalist

Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012

Gelett Burgess Award winner for outstanding contribution to children’s literature in the Fiction category


“If Neil Gaiman and the Brother’s Grimm had a female lovechild who
grew up to weave fairy tales, she would be Alethea Kontis.
Her novel ENCHANTED is a magical tale, wildly inventive and sophisticated,
taking what we think we know about fairy tales
and revealing the sometimes sordid and always romantic truth behind the stories.

An immediate new classic, this clever, insightful, wink and nod
version of the Cinderella story becomes a mythological tale
that is destined for the big screen. It’s the best bedtime story I’ve heard
since I was a child. Read this book – it’s an absolute winner.
I can’t wait for the next fable Alethea Kontis decides to share with us.”

J.T. Ellison
Bestselling author of WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE

“A fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable.”

Kirkus, starred review

“Kontis delivers a fairy-tale mash-up that outright sparkles. The characters are perfectly drawn, with flaws, hidden agendas, and a seemingly infinite hope for a bright and loving future. Fanciful bits of almost every classical fairy tale dance through Sunday’s story, leading readers into an effervescent new world. The twists and turns, the nod to genre classics, and the emotional depth of this novel will captivate readers.”

School Library Journal, starred review

“It’s the relaxed humor of Kontis’ presentation that not only ups the realism of characters unfazed by talking frogs and fey characters but also gives this offering its sweet, distinctive stamp.”


“Fantasy readers will undoubtedly enjoy the . . . mash-up of these famous stories, spiced with comedy, romance and magical powers.”


“As mischievous a garden full of fairies and twice as clever, ENCHANTED proves there’s more than life left in the oldest genre in the world—there’s a lot of heart, too.”

Sean Williams
New York Times best-selling author

“Kontis is a born spell-caster and her work is spellbinding. In the style of great fairy tales, Kontis has created a delightful, heartfelt new classic that can charm the sun out from behind the clouds.”

Leanna Renee Hieber

“Alethea Kontis’s debut is full of inventive whimsy. Take your favorite fairytale and spin it to the side, throw in a half-dozen other tales all dancing, and you get this ENCHANTED ball.”

Mary Robinette Kowal
award-winning author of SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY

“I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than caught under Alethea Kontis’s spell. ENCHANTED is, in a word, enchanting.”

Sarah Addison Allen

“A charming tumble of fairy tales, spiced with humor and sprinkled with true love.”

Sharon Shinn
best-selling author of the SAMARIA series

“It’s a wonderful mix-up of fairy-tale tropes, a clever love story, and a delightful tale all on its own!”

Tamora Pierce

Here are some of the gems – opening lines that grabbed my attention, for one reason or another – from this season’s middle grade and YA releases:
“My name is Sunday Woodcutter, and I am doomed to a happy life.”

Elizabeth Bluemle’s GREAT BEGINNINGS/terrific first lines
ShelfTAlker in Publishers Weekly

“It’s clever and charming, written with warmth and humor, has some scary bits and a nice little romance.”