Sunday, April 21, 2013

Kernel's Library: Choose To Lie... Or Choose To Die

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen Book 00088: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

- The False Prince

First Publication:
- April 2012 by Scholastic Press

- The False Prince has been optioned by Scholastic Entertainment and it was announced in December 2012 that Paramount Pictures has hired a screenwriter named Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) to do a screenplay adaptation.
- Aside from being a writer, Jennifer A. Nielsen also always wanted to be a detective, astronomer, spy, actress, and teacher.

- Cybil Award winner for Best Middle Grade of 2012
- Finalist of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award 2013
- 2013 Middle Grade Fiction Award from The Association for Mormon Letters
- Nominated for The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
- Finalist of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
- New York Times Bestseller
- New York Times Notable Children's Book
- Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
- 2013 Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year list
- #5 pick for the Indie Next Spring 2012 Kids’ List
- Publishers Weekly Pick, week of March 26, 2012
- 2013 Lone Star State List
- 2012 National Parenting Publication Award – Silver
- 2012 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing List
- 2013 YALSA list for Best Fiction for Young Adults
- 2013-2014 Virginia Readers’ Choice list
- Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Children’s Books of 2012 List
- Goodreads Choice “Best of 2012″ MG Finalist
- One of Fuse #8′s “Magnificent Books of 2012″
- Listed in ABC’s Best Books Catalog by The American Booksellers Association

I've got to tell you that when it comes to books don't be fooled by first impressions. This may sound so negative, but actually it's the other way around.

Here's is the story: The first time I saw Jennifer A. Nielsen's The False Prince I felt something different. But not knowing exactly what feeling it was, I passed it for a negative sign so I started to shy away from it. I am not sure why. Maybe because it's not on my league or maybe I subconsciously found the cover too rigid. That's my first mistake.

The second one is I waited for months before I bought the book to confirm my suspicions, which bugged me in my waking thought sometimes. The third mistake I did was letting my friend read it first. I was disappointed. Not for the book, but for my self, since I can't contain the excitement and thrill I saw in my friend's eyes when he read the book.

That's too many mistakes already just to appease my self. So right after he finished reading, I started devouring the entire book and finished it for a few hours. I felt something different, alright, but it turned out be on the positive light, because I am telling you that this book is certainly a must-read.

Plot Synopsis

Four boys.
One treacherous plan.
An entire kingdom to fool.

In a faraway land, civil war is brewing. To unify the kingdom's divided people, a nobleman named Connor devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him on the throne. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant and clever 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. His rivals will be devising their own plots as well, so Sage must trust no one and keep his thoughts hidden.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfolds, until finally, a truth is revealed that that 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.

Grade: A+