The New York Times - Notable Children's Books of 2012

This year’s notable children’s books — the best illustrated children's books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction, and picture books — selected by the children’s book editor of The New York Times Book Review.

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The False Prince (2012)

Written by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince is the thrilling first book in a brand new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

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 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. 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. This book is recommended for preteens ages 10 and up. (Copyright © Scholastic Press. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Scholastic Inc.

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