My pick for today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday is a book I haven't actually read yet. But, my middle grade son has and loved it, so I wanted to share it with you today. He read it for the middle grade book club at his school. It is now very high up on my to-read list!
THE FALSE PRINCE
by: Jennifer A. Nielsen
In this first book in a remarkable trilogy, an orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes.
Choose to lie...or choose to die.
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.
As my son and I talked about the book, I would jot notes down for my post. His thoughts are pieced together below.
Who is the perfect audience for THE FALSE PRINCE? Middle graders, probably 5th grade and up. Boys might like it more than girls, but girls can definitely read it too. It is filled with battles, fighting and killing, but there are also funny parts.
Who is your favorite character? Sage - I liked him because he has an attitude and he pretends to be really bad at sword play, horse riding, etc. and he says he doesn't know how to read – but he really can do all those things.
As soon as he can get his hands on the second book - THE RUNAWAY KING - he wants to read it. The third book - THE SHADOW THRONE - comes out next year.
That's all I have for this week. For other MMGM posts, please see the list on the right side on my website. Have a great week!