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The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Ascendance Trilogy


Book Summary

With attitude to spare and a talent for making mischief, Sage might be the last person you'd expect to be forced into anything. However, he finds himself collected from an orphanage and pressed into a deception: can he pass for nobility? His life may depend upon it.

The next two books in this trilogy are The Runaway King and The Shadow Throne.

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The Runaway King
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The Shadow Throne
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The False Prince

Book Review

This is a page-turning adventure with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing. Although it's not a comedy, Sage's talent for flinging insults at enemies will amuse most readers . . . and Sage has a talent for collecting enemies.

Note for advanced readers: several violent scenes make this inappropriate for many elementary students; not recommended for readers under fourth grade; best suited for readers in 6th grade and up.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Identity
  • Honor & Loyalty
  • Conformity
  • Rebellion
  • Strength
  • Ambition

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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