Petrella, the Gillian Princess

Children - Grade 4th-6th
34 Pages
Reviewed on 09/18/2015
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Author Biography

Chicago-born, a full-time mother and author, Chiara Talluto, is known as the Master Storyteller in her household. She has a passion for writing about people who struggle with decisions and conflicts that arise in their lives.

Enchanted and inspired by many of Disney’s fairy tales, this is her very first middle-grade short story.

Chiara hopes that this story will touch your heart so that you may see how meaningful true love can be.

Petrella followed her heart, she was determined to succeed. Her determination helped her to make her dream become a reality. Chiara urges you to do the same.

Currently, Chiara is hard at work on her third novel, as well as penning other short stories. When she’s not writing, she is either reading or playing mommy with her two young daughters. Her motto is: Live, laugh and cry.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Petrella, the Gillian Princess by Chiara Talluto is a fantasy for pre-teens. Princess Petrella, a kind-hearted Gillian, is devastated because her strict father, King Hermas of the Anglon Kingdom, intends to marry her to Batavia, an obnoxious Gillian prince who will eventually inherit the underwater kingdom. Petrella dislikes this arrangement and yearns for true love after listening to her mother’s stories. She defies her father by swimming to the land where humans live. Princess Petrella befriends Finerd, a handsome, understanding man to whom she becomes attracted. She is unaware that Prince Batavia followed her and he is upset that Petrella has rejected him. Batavia places her life and the Kingdom of Anglon in serious jeopardy because Gillians are forbidden to interact with humans.

If you liked reading The Little Mermaid, then you will appreciate this cute story. Although Petrella, the Gillian Princess had certain similarities to the popular children’s fable, Chiara Talluto wrote a slightly different spin into her story, especially with its ending. The author also teaches the importance of respecting other people and their cultures. She cleverly demonstrates, through the actions of the princess, what can occur when people are forced to do things against their will. It has nice characters and light descriptive drama. I admire Petrella’s strong-willed personality and ideals, which she stood up for despite the repercussions. Petrella, the Gillian Princess is a very short fantasy by Chiara Talluto. This book will be ideal for school libraries and will make a very quick bedtime story.