Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess 

Publication Date: December 1, 2017

Author: Meg Welch Dendler

Genre: Middle Grade

Editions, ISBNs, and Pricing:

  • Paperback 978-0692920411 $9.99
  • Hardcover 978-0692938294 $24.99
  • Ebook 978-0692938300 $2.99
  • Audio TBD

Distributors: Ingram, Amazon

“Princess Bianca rules, in every way! This tale of intrepid
discovery and determination will delight young readers and will
dare those who deal with the dragons of self-doubt, frustration,
and bullying to step out and challenge those menaces to a duel.”
New England Children’s Book Review — Listed as a Favorite

Book Description:
Princess Bianca had never set foot outside the castle walls. Not
once in her over-protected, pink, fluffy life. But when a dragon
was spotted in the land and fear spread that the monster had
conquered the king and his brave knights, Bianca realized that it
was her duty to protect her kingdom. She will have to prove that
she can be braver and stronger than anyone believed because
the threat outside the protection of her castle tower was more
dangerous and magical than she ever imagined possible, except in
a fairy tale.

Serenity Mountain Publishing
Springdale, Arkansas


Dendler (Dottie’s Daring Day, 2017, etc.) addresses overcoming preconceptions in this middle-grade fairy tale.

Thirteen-year-old Bianca is known throughout the Kingdom of Pacifico as the Frail and Delicate Princess. She was very weak at birth and has spent her entire life in the castle, kept safe by her loving, overprotective father. Bianca does not feel frail and delicate. She may be cosseted (“Never…was she allowed to meet other children….Who knew what kind of diseases they carried?”), but she has grown into a healthy young girl, brimming with imagination and yearning to explore the world. Yet how can she? She is the Frail and Delicate Princess, and that is all there is to it…until a fire-breathing dragon threatens the kingdom and Bianca’s father and his bravest knights march off to do battle with it. When they don’t return, Bianca sneaks out and embarks on her own quest. With only a charismatic donkey for company, she will track down the dragon. She will save the kingdom and be Frail and Delicate no longer! Dendler writes on the safe side of scary, capturing the magical essence rather than the Grimm aspect of fairy tales. Bianca’s adventure may be straightforward, but it remains spry and charming, its message of empowerment no less effective for being overt. Primary school readers surely will empathize with Bianca (nobody should be chained by assumptions of what they can and cannot do), yet hers is not the only life being affected by pigeonholing. Throughout the story, hidden in plain sight amid the palace folk and fairy-tale tropes and exquisitely characterized animals, Dendler presents a subtler exploration of labeling. It’s to her great credit that the book’s denouement, though obvious in retrospect, comes as both uplifting and unforeseen. Bianca, all told, is a memorable middle-grade heroine.

Runs to surprising depths, and Sammy the donkey will live long in the young memory.


Be sure to check out Meg’s books below and follow the links!

Meg Welch Dendler
Best-Selling and Award-Winning Author of the Cats in the Mirror Series:
  • Why Kimba Saved The World
  • Vacation Hiro
  • Miss Fatty Cat’s Revenge
  • Slinky Steps Out
  • and the companion books
  • Max’s Wild Night
  • Dottie’s Daring Day
  • From Serenity Mountain Publishing
Pen-L Publishing
Author Bio:

“Meg Dendler has considered herself a writer since she won a picture book contest in 5th grade and entertained her classmates with ongoing sequels for the rest of the year. Beginning serious work as a freelancer in the ’90s while teaching elementary and middle school, Meg has over one hundred articles in print, including interviews with Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She has won contests with her short stories and poetry, along with multiple international awards for her best-selling “Cats in the Mirror” alien rescue cat children’s book series. Meg is an editor with Pen-L Publishing and also does editing work for independent and self-publishing authors.

Meg and her family (including four cats and her dog, Max) live in Arkansas. Visit her at for more information about upcoming books and events and all of Meg’s social media links. You can also follow Kimba on Facebook and Twitter.”

Member of Cat Writers’ Association, SCBWI, and the Ozark Writers League


Links for Meg Welch Dendler:

Web site: Megdendler

Blog:  megdendler

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Facebook: MegDendlerAuthor & KimbaBabyCat  (Kimba fan page)

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“Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess” (pre-order link)

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You can read more about Bianca on these blogs:

Dec. 5                    Michelle Dunton at “Writing Fun”

Dec. 6                    H. L. Burke

Typewriter Society (Interview)

Dec. 7                    Amanda’s Books & More

Dec. 8                    Kay LaLone

Missy Sheldrake

Dec. 9                    Kris Riley at “My Blissful Books”

Dec. 10                 Coffee Addicts Book Review

Dec. 11                 Waggy Tails Dog Blog

Lily Iona MacKenzie (Interview)

Dec. 12                 Whispering Stories

Dec. 13                 Read Explore Repeat

Cat Michaels

Dec. 14                 Sorchia’s Universe


Dec. 15                 A Day in the Tangled Skein of My Life

Dec. 16                 Watch Jane Write

Dec. 17                 Meg’s Blog for Wrapup

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