Wednesday, October 23, 2013

K10: The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.

Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite ice cream flavor? 
Jess, and I'm 13.  Cookies and cream is my favorite ice cream.

*fun fact* Author Jennifer Nielsen's favorite ice cream flavor is peppermint stick

What book did you read and why did you choose it? 
I read The False Prince because it was suggested to me by my Aunt.

Can you describe this book in one word? 

What was your favorite part of this story? 
I think it was when they were training him to become a prince.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?
Ummm, I think I'd go insane from the pressure.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book? 

What do you think about the book's cover? 
It's good because it doesn't give away what's going to happen in the book, but looks pretty.

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not? 
Yes, because the end of the book left a lot open.

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one? 
No, not really.

If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?
How did you come up with this? Especially the twist at the end!

During an exclusive Q&A with Amazon, author Jennifer Nielsen answered a similar question:

Question: What inspired you to write The False Prince?
Nielsen: I’d had the general idea for The False Prince for some time, but could never find the right protagonist to carry the weight of the story I wanted to tell. The central character, Sage, was found in the words of a song called Guaranteed, by the great Eddie Vedder. It said, “I knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me, guaranteed.” From that line, I had the instant image of a defiant but charismatic boy who always stays a step ahead of the game, and where other players have no clue that all the rules are very quietly being rewritten.

Thank you Jess for sharing The False Prince with The Kidliterati!

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. 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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