The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

October 3rd, 2014 by

false-prince-jennifer-a-nielsenSubmitted by Natalie, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

The False Prince is a book about an orphan named Sage. In the book Sage goes from being a poor orphan to being someone who everyone thought wouldn’t be him. It has a huge twist. Read this book to find out!

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

May 22nd, 2014 by

false-prince-jennifer-a-nielsenSubmitted by Konner, Age 11 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

The book I read is The False Prince. It is a thriller, adventure by Jennifer A Nielson. It’s about three boys who compete with each other to become the false prince Jaron or the false prince but there are twists and turns all over the book and the biggest twist is right under your nose. My favorite part in the book was the ending and I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending so you will have to read to find out the biggest secret of all. I recommend this book to you if you like suspenseful, adventure, and thrillers and I love those kinds of books so I have already read the other two to this sequel. I hope you read this book and its sequel.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

April 6th, 2014 by

false-prince-jennifer-a-nielsenSubmitted by Owen, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This is fantastic book! It makes you feel like you are one of the main characters. The False Prince is about a kingdom, whose king, queen, and both future princes have died (you think) A man named Conner goes to a couple orphanages and picks 4 kids who look like the prince that the people think died. Conner is going to pick 1 of these kids to be a “False Prince”.

And the Winners Are…

February 20th, 2013 by

What do a giant slayer, a puppet prince, and a fifth grader at Beecher Prep have in common?

Hint: They’ve all got a special lady in common…

Well, not exactly. That lady is actually an award called The Cybils, and all three of those people are the main characters of the 2012 Cybils winners!

Sure, everyone knows about the Newberys and Caldecotts and Oscars and Golden Globes and Grammys and MTV Awards… but did you know that contenders for the Cybils can be nominated by anyone — kids included — and instead of just voting, Cybils judges evaluate, discuss, and decide as a group who wins the award? It’s the literary award of the people!

false-prince-jennifer-a-nielsenWinner of Fantasy & Science Fiction:
The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Sage has been forced to compete with three other orphans to become the impersonator of the king’s long-lost son. With all the lies, scheming, danger, and action, he doesn’t know whom to trust.

Check out Karen’s review of The False Prince from last year where she says “THIS BOOK TOTALLY ROCKS!” — and now that it’s won a Cybil, we have bona fide proof that she and 12-year-old reviewer Rachel have amazing taste!

    Other finalists:

  • Beswitched
  • Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities
  • The Cabinet of Earths
  • The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam)
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • The Peculiar

wonder-rj-palacio-book-reviewWinner of Middle Grade Fiction:
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Find out what happens when Auggie, who’s always been homeschooled because of his deformed face and many medical procedures, has a chance to attend regular school (Beecher Prep) for the first time ever. I’m impressed with 12-year-old Ethan’s review of Wonder“IT’S A MUST READ!!” he shouted (in all caps) — while Karen takes the easy road in her review with “it’s wonderful.” But it really is!

    Other finalists:

  • Almost Home
  • Chomp
  • Fourmile
  • Liar & Spy
  • The Adventures of Beanboy
  • The Lions of Little Rock

Bomb-The-Race-to-Build-and-Steal_SheinkinWinner of Nonfiction Books:
Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

It’s a real-life science and spy thriller. Seriously, guys. Everything in this book actually happened and it’s totally nuclear. (Hehe, pun intended!) Bomb is written from three angles: the scientists who built the atom bomb, the soliders who stopped Hitler and the Nazis from building their own bomb, and the spies who stole the bomb for Russia.

    Other finalists:

  • Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War
  • Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
  • Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
  • Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

Giants-Beware_Rosado_AguirreWinner of Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels:
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado

Charlotte’s dream is to be a giant slayer — but there are no giants around her quiet little village. So the answer is obvious: sneak off on a super-secret quest to find a giant! I haven’t read Giants Beware! yet, but it’s definitely moved up my to-read list since it’s won the Cybils!

    Other finalists:

  • Hilda and the Midnight Giant
  • Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller
  • Little White Duck: A Childhood in China (Single Titles)
  • Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad!

Ack! I haven’t read all of these books, and the non-winning finalists seem pretty awesome too. At this rate, my to-read list is going to be as long as Moby Dick. Never read it? It’s really long. Good thing Moby Dick isn’t on my to-read list.

So, what do you think of the winners — deserving, or was another finalist totally robbed of its recognition? Leave a comment below or send in your own review of a Cybils finalist or winner!


icon_nancySeriously, world. We’ve only gotten to February of this year. Nancy cleared out her to-read list just a month ago and now it’s back to dozens of titles!

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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

January 3rd, 2013 by

false-prince-jennifer-a-nielsenSubmitted by Rachel, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is one of the best books that I have ever read! It’s about three boys that are compeating for the title of a long lost prince. One of the kids will be the next king. It is my favorite and I say that everybody should read it!!

The False Prince: Book Review

April 12th, 2012 by

false-prince-jennifer-a-nielsenThe very first thing I need to say about The False Prince is that it’s published by Scholastic, which is the company that I work for. Now, we talk about a lot of Scholastic books around here (hello, Harry Potter fanatics, what what!), and normally I just kind of mention the Scholastic connection in passing — you know, so that I’m being totally honest, but you guys know that where I work doesn’t have any influence at all on which books I like or don’t like.

But in this case, I’m bringing up the Scholastic thing right from the get-go because you should know that The False Prince is getting a lot of buzz around the office. And why should you know that? Because all the hype led me to have SUPER high expectations for the book. And guess what: it totally surpassed my expectations! And that’s coming from someone who deliberately reads negative reviews of movies that I’m psyched to watch because otherwise I’ll have ridiculously high hopes that can only be clobbered by reality…

So that’s just my long way of saying: THIS BOOK TOTALLY ROCKS!

The first book in Jennifer A. Nielsen’s new Ascendance Trilogy, The False Prince follows Sage, an orphan who’s forced to compete in a deadly competition. Prove himself to be the best imitation prince, or else, well, let’s just say that the cunning nobleman who’s running the contest is determined that the losers will take the secret to their graves

To get the story from Sage himself, check out the official book trailer:

Yikes, that image of the blood-splattered and shattered crown gets me every time…

I’ve already lent my copy of The False Prince to a friend — I gave it to her, like, immediately after I turned the last page. It’s THAT good. So what are you waiting for? Go go go! And once you’ve read it (or if you’ve already read it), definitely leave me a comment with your thoughts!

— Karen

In the case of the Hunger Games movie, Karen avoided all reviews, articles, and even online fandom like the plague. And it worked! Expectations managed.

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