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The False Prince | [Jennifer A. Nielsen]

The False Prince

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Three orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.
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Publisher's Summary

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Three orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

©2012 Jennifer A. Nielsen (P)2011 Scholastic Audio

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    English teacher Dallas, TX 08-13-12
    English teacher Dallas, TX 08-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Best read of the summer!"

    I teach middle school, and I use summers to catch up on what's hot in adolescent fiction. I spent a lot of time this summer with books in the "Hunger Games" vein, but this one was a welcome change of pace. This is my favorite kind of book--driven by fascinating characters with complex motives. It also has a well-crafted plot and intriguing politics that left me hungry for the sequel. It reminds me in all the best ways of Megan Whalen Turner's "Thief" series, but is not derivative of that. It involves a "Prince and Pauper" scheme to usurp the throne of a completely believable fictional kingdom, but layers of secrets and plot twists keep the story consistently engaging. The main character has a compelling mixture of strengths and weaknesses, and the more the reader knows, the more he/she can identify with him.

    The reading was fabulous--perfect for the characters. I listened on a long drive and was completely lost in the book.

    The False Prince will be among my top recommendations to my students, but it was certainly no chore to read it. I hope there's another Nielsen/McWade treasure out by next summer!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rachelle Pueblo, CO, United States 01-17-13
    Rachelle Pueblo, CO, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Completely enjoyed!"
    What did you love best about The False Prince?

    Sage, the main character is well written, a bit sassy with a lot of heart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sage. He's the narrator. He gets himself into scrapes because of his stubborn streak. Reminds me of people I know.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't pick. It's just not possible for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book for younger readers, although I am a mom in my 30's and loved it. No swearing, no sensuality, very little violence. The violence that it does contain is not graphic. I enjoyed Charlie McWade's narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charity PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 04-02-13
    Charity PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very twisty"

    We liked this book! I liked that Sage was his own person and never changed his character throughout the story. The book made and answered a lot of questions. Excellent listen! The narrarator did a great job too! My daughter commented that it was similar to "The Goose Girl" which happens to be one of my favorites.

    Set in medieval times, the story is about an orphan who is trained to be the prince who will be crowned King. The orphan(Sage) has more character than everyone gives him credit for. I can't wait to listen to book 2!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shaffer T Cormell Blythe, CA, USA 12-20-12
    Shaffer T Cormell Blythe, CA, USA 12-20-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Book. Whole family really enjoyed it."

    This book is great for a family road trip. Looking forward to next book in the series which set to be released in March 2013.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Letitia Luttrell, TN, United States 05-14-12
    Letitia Luttrell, TN, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Novel"

    I had been waiting for False Prince to come out for months, and eagerly snatched up my audio copy. The book is a wonderful listen/read and goes at a good pace, especially later on. At first it may be a bit slow because of the "training" but once you get past the first bit of that, then interesting things begin to happen, several of them were small enough that I didn't realize they were of import until later in the book when it came out. I want to listen again so that I can see what else I may have missed.

    Overall I give this book a 4 star because it was a good first impression. I may re-rate once I go through it again.
    The book is clean, no sex, no profanity, some violence, there is always some level of that in any adventure story, boys are whipped, stabbed, shot, threatened, etc. This book is safe for 12 and up, possibly younger as long as your child can handle the death of a secondary character or two. Nothing is graphic (ie: blood spilling every where, etc)

    If you enjoy this book I recommend the very similar False Princess. Another great read/listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Hood River, OR, United States 04-22-12
    Lisa Hood River, OR, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2009

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    "LOVED this story!"

    I really loved this story! The characters are great. I really liked Sage and Mott. It had a great twist at the end and I can't wait until the next book comes out! This is an adventurous, clean story for all ages. I'm excited to add this book to my classroom library and share it with my students!

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    Kia Moore 07-17-14
    Kia Moore 07-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Well developed story, well read"
    If you could sum up The False Prince in three words, what would they be?

    Fun interesting story, enjoyed reading.


    What about Charlie McWade’s performance did you like?

    Love his voices he did, really good reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Finding out who the real king/prince was in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Spent the summer listening to books I want my kids to read and this one is a keeper! It's a great adventure, well written and seems like it will be a fun read for them.

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    Jennifer Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-04-14
    Jennifer Fort Worth, TX, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a writer and I love books of all types

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    "LOVED IT!"
    What made the experience of listening to The False Prince the most enjoyable?

    very well told and written story a must read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jaron the way his character is written


    Any additional comments?

    an all around great book and story

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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 04-14-14
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2008
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    "excellent - boy grows up right!"
    Would you listen to The False Prince again? Why?

    maybe. I dont normally.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy coming of age stories and right/good overcoming evil. This one worked well.

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    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 01-19-14
    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 01-19-14 Member Since 2001
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    "The False Prince Rings True"
    Would you listen to The False Prince again? Why?

    Yes, especially if there were teenagers in the house on a rainy day.


    What other book might you compare The False Prince to and why?

    The Prince and the Pauper.


    Have you listened to any of Charlie McWade’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. But then I usually listen during other activities, walking, cooking, cleaning.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for the coming of age set. I was surprised to discover who the real prince was. Perfect set up for the sequels.

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    "Quite simply, Superb"

    Sage was brilliant, the right amount af angsty and genuine to make him a memorable and original narrator (and also making me love him). The plot was fast-paced, clever and brilliant. Even though I did guess the plot twist, it still was an extremely enjoyable listen (Charlie McWade has the perfect voice for Sage) and a book that I'd recommend for everyone.

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