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NOBODY'S PRINCESS (Princesses of Myth)

Author: Esther Friesner

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Publisher: Random House Books for Children, ©2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Helen knows she is beautiful. But why should be being a princess keep her from making her own decisions? Her brothers get to hunt, so why can't she? So she sets out to reach her goals (and answer that question). Trouble is, the gods - male and female - may not agree with her choices. This fantasy story is built around Greek myth and the life of Helen of Troy.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, middle grade reader, read aloud book, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Reading Level: 5.8

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Amazing! This is a book that charms you and makes you want to laugh. I found it stunning and inspirational. The way Helen gets what she wants with all that determination and sass is admirable.

I feel like I know Helen, and am going through everything she goes through. The way it’s written just makes you feel like you’re there and you really can connect with Helen ... it’s an amazing feeling. One of my favorite scenes is when Ione spanks Helen to make it rain. The "rain" is Helen's tears. I laughed at the same time I felt sorry for Helen. It is amazing how Friesner manages to make something like that sound funny.

I can’t find any flaw in this book, other than the fact that it ends. This fun-filled, descriptive tale will keep you coming back for more. With admirable story-telling skill and a narration that makes you giggle, Nobody’s Princess is a must-read, for all ages and genders.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: With an intriguing and action-filled storyline, plenty of drama, and twists, Nobody's Princess will keep readers turning the page and yearning for a sequel.

Cons: None! Except that I wish there were a second book.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book you'll read over and over because you just didn't want it to end the first time.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE RED PYRAMID (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)   BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS   THE DRAGON'S TEETH (Greek Beasts and Heroes)

Educational Themes: This fictional tale incorporates history, including cultural history (myths). It is an excellent choice for a "cross curriculum" book.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, myths and legends, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2013

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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