From the bestselling author of Anatomy of a Misfit comes a subversive and feminist take on Sleeping Beauty , sure to appeal to fans of Damsel and To Kill a Kingdom.

by Andrea Portes
HarperTeen, July 2023

Bitsy is no one’s ideal princess. She’s heard it all: that it’s a shame she’s so plain, so lacking in grace. That the best thing for her to do is hope some prince will grant her a happy ending. Then Bitsy pricks her finger on a spindle and falls into a world where cutthroats and con artists are more common than curtsies. As fate spins her deeper into this unknown place, she discovers that there’s much more to her than meets the eye, too.
A sharp critique of patriarchal norms in fairytales as well as an inspiring journey of a young woman’s agency and strength, CREEPING BEAUTY is a fairytale retelling for our modern times.

Andrea Portes is the bestselling novelist of two critically lauded adult novels: Hick, her debut, which was made into a feature film, and Bury This. Her first novel for young adult readers, Anatomy of a Misfit , was called “perfection in book form” by Teen Vogue.

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