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Peek Inside Cinderella's Dress

Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she's working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dresses, life gets complicated. Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart, Johnny, stuck in the middle of battle, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late. After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.

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Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dress is even tougher.

Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she’s working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dress, life gets complicated.

Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart shipped off to boot camp, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.

Praise

“A fun, twist on the classic Cinderella tale that is sure to appeal to fans of lighter fantasies. Be prepared to be swept away!” – Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer for YABookCentral.com on Cinderella’s Dress

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663415
Series: Cinderella's Dress, Book 1
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014
Page Count: 340
Imprint: teen
Genre: fairy-tale retelling, fantasy, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Shantelle October 04, 2016

Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton was a sweet, fun, and unique story; it kept me turning pages! From the gorgeous cover, to the captivating era, to the charming characters, this novel had me intrigued. 4.5 stars!

Kate Allen is a teenage girl just trying to cope with her dad off in war and her... ...more

By Meghan June 10, 2014

I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen (Entangled Publishing) in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

I love historical fiction - there is just something amazing about reading stories based in a time before I was born. I am not, how... ...more

By Hannah November 22, 2015

Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton

Kate is just a normal girl wanting to work with window designs. She loves how they work their magic, and wants to help design. Too bad her mom doesn’t feel the same way, she wants Kate to work as a model. One day an old couple arrive at their doorstep lugging... ...more

By Kitty November 11, 2014

I really enjoyed this book! The prologue pulled me in, and the unusual time and place of the story (a Cinderella book set in 1940s New York City?) made me want to know what happens next. The characters were interesting and real enough that sometimes I was ticked off at them. Then I would remind m... ...more

By Emily June 12, 2014

I think the first thing that needs to be said about this book that it's NOT a fairytale retelling. It takes the magic of one of our favourite stories, picking out aspects and used to tell an entirely different tale that is, all in all, charming and captivating. It's a slow paced book that lets yo... ...more

By Lilian September 29, 2015

Cinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton is a YA fairy-tale retelling set in 1940's New York.
Being a teen-ager during World War II is tough. Finding out you're the next keeper of the real Cinderella's dress is even tougher.
Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she'... ...more

By Megan September 29, 2015

Cinderella's Dress was a unique take on the story of Cinderella. I love how it's sort of about the descendants of both Cinderella and the stepsisters, but mostly how it focuses on the Keeper of the dress. One of my favorite time periods for novels is WWII, so I loved that this book was set during... ...more

By Vanessa November 17, 2014

With dystopia taking up space in the bookstores for me to find a young adult historical was almost a needle in a haystack. I found this book on the publishers website, and I knew I had to buy it right away. My feelings for the book was simple I LOVE THIS BOOK! I especially love the fiction storyt... ...more

By Izabella June 18, 2014

*****I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*****

Katherine (Kate) Allen is a teenage model of polish descent living in New York City, during the WWII in spring 1944. We start off as Kate, due to her pushy mother, attempts in vain to grab into the acting realm... ...more

By Carissa December 08, 2015

A Fairy tale retelling of Cinderella but with a Twist it focuses on the dresses and the family who was assigned to protect it. It's set during WWII and Kate is just a typical girl living on the American home front when relatives arrive after escaping Europe with Cinderella's dress or so her great... ...more

By Laura September 10, 2016

I am always SO happy to come across an original story line. No vampires. No angsty, snobby teenage cliques. So two thumbs up right there! It's a historical fiction with a little bit of fantasy woven in. Shonna, it all wrapped up a little too soon for me at the end, but I REALLY enjoyed it and wil... ...more

By Deborah October 25, 2016

So beautifully written!! This was totally not what I was expecting. It took the first hundred pages for me to understand what was happening and to get into it, but after that, it flowed quite nicely. Not a Cinderella retelling, but a great add-on to the Cinderella story. ...more

By Cait January 08, 2015

I hope this becomes a series, if for no other purpose than to find out what happened to the shoes and Kate's dad. Plus, there's just so much to explore when it comes to her responsibility to care for fairytale artifacts. ...more

By Cyndel September 12, 2015

Really loved this book. This is the first of its kind that I have read and really enjoyed every minute of it. ...more

By Shelleen April 14, 2015

This book was such a fun and quick read. Hard to put down. ...more

By Arely May 14, 2017

0 In which Cinderella's maid is entrusted with protecting the dress.
1 In which Kate embarrasses herself at an audition.
2 In which Kate's great aunt (Elsie) and great uncle (Adalbert) knock at the door.
3 In which Kate gives xx her modeling job.
4 In which Kate throws a shoe at Johnny Day and mod... ...more

By Ruth June 25, 2014

3.5 Stars. The better part of Kate Allen's youth has been spent coming of age in a world at war, never forgetting the twin mantras of making do and doing without in order to support the war effort. But now, on the cusp of adulthood, she finds herself caught between the life she's always known and... ...more

By Shannon May 09, 2017

This is not your average fairy tale. I was surprised at the amount of history in this (fictional in story's case but mentions of history none the less). I loved the main character and her willingness to believe regardless of how crazy something sounded. This is a great leisure read with a hopeful... ...more

By Erynn May 07, 2017

Really Good Book. A little slow moving at times. ...more

By Eliza October 20, 2016

I enjoyed this book! It was exciting and I loved how it was set in the 1940's. I would have liked it more if there hadn't been any magic but I have to admit the whole flame thing was pretty cool.
There was one kiss but I'm pretty sure they'll get married in the next book :) ...more

By Zachary June 02, 2014

Review:

Protagonist: Kate Allen starts off this novel every bit the aspiring heroine. She's flawed and she's just trying to find her way in WWII New York. However, I'm sad to say that Kate doesn't go through too much development as a protagonist. Sure, she goes through some, though it has a bit mo... ...more

By Kara June 10, 2014

3.5 out of 5 stars

I love a good fairy tale. Princess, magic, romance... they're my favorite. It's what drew me to this book when I received an email from Entangled Publishing requesting reviewers. The opportunity to read a book that combines historical fiction with one of my favorite fairy tales?... ...more

By Lynn October 07, 2015

I just re-read "Cinderella's Dress" in prep for "Cinderella's Shoes" (which I'm reading now), and you know something? I actually enjoyed it better the second time around than I did the first - and I liked it quite a bit the first.

I didn't really like Kate that much the first time around - I thoug... ...more

By Amy September 02, 2014


During World War II, woman were allowed to carry on jobs that men once had, although, not all jobs could be transferred. All Kate wants to do is dress the department store windows of Harmon-Craig, all her mother wants her to do is continue to model the latest fashion and hopefully land herself a... ...more

By Rachel • The NerdHerd Reads November 27, 2015

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I'm not much of a historical fiction reader. But when I saw this unique twist on the fairy tale aspect, I knew I had to read it. And I loved it.

Kate is a teen girl during World War II. Her father is overseas, although not as a soldier, and her brother is getting ready... ...more

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Shonna Slayton

About the author

Shonna Slayton

SHONNA SLAYTON writes historical fairy tales for Entangled TEEN. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. While writing Cinderella's Dress she reflected on her days as a high-school senior in British Columbia when she convinced her supervisors at a sportswear store to let her design a few windows--it was glorious fun while it lasted. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona. Visit her website at ShonnaSlayton.com to sign up for cover reveals, book news, and behind-the-scenes updates.

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