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False Prince, The


Author: Jennifer  NIELSEN
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Subject/Category:  6-8
Year Reviewed:: 2014
ISBN: 9780545284134
Awards::  WAW
Review: In this first book in a remarkable trilogy, an orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes. Choose to lieā€¦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 name 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 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.

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