Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mrs. Ripp Reviews The False Prince

I had heard from many teachers that The False Prince was one of those books I should make sure I read, and yet it sat in our classroom library for over a year tucked away in one of those bins.  The January reading challenge though made me want to read it finally and I am so glad I did.  I zipped through this book in two days because it is that good.  Brandon even commented on how good it must be since I read it during breakfast at Hubbard Avenue Diner rather than speak to him, which was not very nice of me.  There is some violence in it but not graphic and it fits in with the story of Sage and the other orphan boys.  I feel completely comfortable placing it in my classroom library and have a feeling it will be a popular book..  The only drawback there is to this story is that the next one in the trilogy does not come out until March, but yes, i have already pre-ordered.  I cannot wait to get this into the hands of the students.

 From Amazon:

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end. 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. Four 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. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together. An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.


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