by Esther Dalton
(A graduate of Tree of Life School)
It was growing. My two braids were getting longer and longer. They reached my waist. They tickled the back of my knees through my threadbare dress. They brushed my ankles and began coiling up on the floor at my feet. I stared in horror at the ten-foot braids. And they did not stop.
Hellingle chuckled, a horrible sound. 'As long as your hair remains uncut by my own knife, you will be bound to this tower.' Numbness filled me, sinking numbness that struck the core of my being with the knowledge that I was cursed.
Princess Zelle has a problem, an enormous problem. She's locked in a tower that has no stairs, no door, and only one open window. As if that wasn't enough, she is cursed by Hellingle—an evil fairy—and now her hair is over thirty feet long. She spends her days reading the only book she has—a book of fairy tales—and dreaming of a handsome prince to come sweep her away.
When she finally escapes, the world she finds is scary and unfamiliar—full of dragons and sphinxes and evil rulers. However, the magic that binds her to the tower goes much deeper than a head full of hair, and she wonders if she'll ever truly be free. Assisted by the brave Prince Ram, a group of fairies, and an old man who lives in a pumpkin, Zelle sets out to find a way to break the spell that binds her and take her rightful throne. Zelle of the Tower will take you to another world, where fairies fly, queens rule, and love triumphs over magic.