The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy (Hardcover)

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Can a poor orphan boy be taught enough about swordsmanship, reading, writing, history, and manners to fool an entire kingdom into believing that he is their long-lost prince? And all in just two weeks time? He may have no choice; his life may depend on it! The False Prince is an exciting fantasy tale of adventure, suspense, and uncertainty, with plenty of twists and turns. This is one that kids will be sneaking under their covers with flashlights to keep reading into the night. --Kaley


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.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

About the Author

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of THE FALSE PRINCE, the first book in the Ascendance Trilogy. She has also written The Underworld Chronicles, a humorous middle-grade fantasy series. Jen lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0545284139
ISBN-13: 9780545284134
Published: Scholastic Press, 04/01/2012
Pages: 352
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 8
Maximum Age: 12
Minimum Grade Level: 3rd Grade
Maximum Grade Level: 7th Grade