Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess is a 1905 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Sara Crewe is a bright and charming student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, and had a privileged background but is now living as a Cinderella figure. When her adoring father dies on the eve of her eighth birthday, Sara is devastated. Penniless, Sara is banished to the attic and forced to work as a serving girl at the school in which she was once a beloved student. She plays at being a princess. But her response shows that being a princess is less a social ranking than a state of mind. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children." It was one of the "Top 100 Chapter Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.