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Nielson, Jennifer A.
New York : Scholastic, 2012
IL 5-8, RL 5.2

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Booktalk #1

Was he or wasn’t he, the true Prince of Carthya? Had he been murdered by pirates or was he alive in an orphanage? Follow the treacherous trail filled with murder and mayhem through this imaginary kingdom and locate the real Prince Jaron. 
(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

Booktalk #2

If you weren’t sure when you’d have your next meal and survived by picking pockets and stealing, you probably wouldn’t care that your country’s king, queen, and crown prince had been assassinated and the younger prince is presumed dead. But, if you were guaranteed a better life, a rich life, simply by pretending to be someone you weren’t, wouldn’t you do it? Sage and three other orphan boys have been “rescued” by Conner, a nobleman with the idea that one of them could be groomed to be the heir to the throne. The boys quickly learn that Conner’s plan is devious and dangerous. All three boys must train to behave like a prince would, but also must keep the treasonous secret. One, and only one, boy will become the prince and the rest will be killed to hide the secret. Can Sage overcome his stubbornness? His only choice may be to lie or die.  (South Carolina Junior Book Award nominee 2015,  Prepared by: Michelle King, Kennedy Middle School,

SUBJECTS:    Impersonation -- Fiction.
                        Princes -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Courts and courtiers -- Fiction.
                        Secrets -- Fiction.

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