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The Princess Plot

The Princess Plot

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by Kirsten Boie

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Lies, camera, action: A fast-moving romantic mystery about a thoroughly modern girl who may be more than just playing the part of a princess!

Jenna just won the starring role in a movie about a princess--sweet! In the wink of an eye, she's whisked off to the remote, romantic kingdom where the story takes place. But something's amiss: Instead of being on


Lies, camera, action: A fast-moving romantic mystery about a thoroughly modern girl who may be more than just playing the part of a princess!

Jenna just won the starring role in a movie about a princess--sweet! In the wink of an eye, she's whisked off to the remote, romantic kingdom where the story takes place. But something's amiss: Instead of being on a shoot, suddenly she's being shot at!

The legit princess--to whom Jenna bears a suspiciously striking resemblance--has gone AWOL on her whole real-life royal gig, and soon Jenna's swept up in a treacherous rebel plot. Lies, camera, action, this is no dress rehearsal. The girl has got to act to save her life!

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Publishers Weekly

In her English-language debut, Boie takes the classic story of an average teen girl who discovers she's actually royalty and throws in some nasty political scheming and crazy plot twists, resulting in a fun, attention-keeping read. Fourteen-year-old Jenna lives with her overbearing, etiquette-crazed mother who refuses to divulge information about Jenna's father. Jenna is mysteriously cast to play the role of a princess in a film and is quickly swooped off to Scandia, a mythical European country whose real princess, Malena (who looks just like Jenna), is MIA. Boie propels the story forward by keeping the reader guessing about how the characters-Malena's power-hungry uncle, angry rebels intent on overthrowing him, Jenna's missing father and Jenna herself-fit together. Though some of the political undercurrents might be lost on younger readers, it's easy enough to decipher the good guys from the bad and enjoy the many action-packed scenes. For readers who have dreamed of being a royal or singlehandedly saving an entire country from ruin, Boie's story will hit the spot. Ages 9-up. (May)

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Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Jenna is a frustrated adolescent. She thinks her friends and her mother are all prettier, thinner, and blonde. Jenna also thinks her mother is overprotective and worries far too much. When auditions for a movie are announced at school, Jenna reluctantly goes at the insistence of her best friend, Bea. Jenna is surprised to be selected for the role of the princess, but finds it odd that she is asked to immediately go away for a more important audition. However through text messages, she learns that her mother approves. Jenna is taken to Scandia, a small, complex country, where she is asked to stand in for Princess Malena in the birthday celebration so that Malena can enjoy a quiet day. Jenna begins to feel like a princess in her blonde wig and elegant surroundings and agrees to stay on an extra week. While she never is able to reach her mother by phone, the text messages are supportive. Meanwhile, Malena has run away to join a family friend and escape her uncle the regent. It quickly becomes apparent to the reader that all is not well in Scandia. Instead of making a movie, Jenna finds herself caught up in political intrigue and a possible civil war. A shifting point of view between Jenna and Malena and plot twists create a page turner that will not disappoint young readers. Both girls learn valuable insights making this novel more than the typical "princess story." Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
VOYA - Molly Krichton
Fourteen-year-old Jenna defies her overly protective, etiquette-coach mother to audition for a movie in which she will play a princess. Incredulous that she is chosen over her peers whom she perceives as more attractive and talented, she is willing to do anything to impress the film production team. Little does she know that her screen tests are actually ploys to dupe an entire country into believing that she is their real princess. As the plot unravels, Jenna is thrown into the political upheaval going on in the country of Scandia and learns a lot about herself and her family in the process. This novel does a bait-and-switch as the reader could easily believe, based on the cover and the first fifty pages, that it is simply a story of an average girl being thrust into the celebrity limelight. Although the undermining of the reader's expectation is clever, it could be disappointing for some who are not seeking the political thriller into which the book turns. The novel is plot and not character driven, so readers looking to relate or connect deeply with characters may be disappointed. The plot is often predictable. The writing is nothing notable, but one can wonder what may have been lost in translation, as this book was originally published in Germany. It is appropriate for younger teens, and although the cover looks edgy, will likely not be objectionable to more conservative readers. Reviewer: Molly Krichton
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Fourteen-year-old Jenna lives in an unnamed country near the fictional country of Scandia. Her mother won't tell her anything about her past or her father, and she refuses to let Jenna participate in anything "vulgar"—like the movie audition taking place in their town. Jenna goes anyway, and can't believe it when she's picked over her pretty BFF to fly to Scandia to play a princess in the movie—and her mother unexpectedly gives her permission to go. Meanwhile, the real Princess of Scandia, whose father has just died, is missing, and the regent (her uncle) and his advisors are frantic to find her. As her final audition, Jenna is asked to impersonate Malena at her birthday gala. But she soon realizes she is a pawn in something larger: there is civil unrest in the country, the regent and his advisors are up to no good, and the Princess's disappearance has something to do with it. This often confusing story switches narratives to follow different characters and is soon cluttered with people and politics: rebel forces, conspiracy, kidnappings, disguises, bombings, lies, and family secrets. Readers are often many steps ahead of Jenna as she discovers her true identity, and revelations seem obvious. While readers may enjoy the classic "girl turns out to be princess" story in a modern setting, they may also get bogged down in the overly complex plot and tedious pacing.—Riva Pollard, Prospect Sierra Middle School, El Cerrito, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Boie shows why she's such a popular novelist in Germany, with a tale so engaging that readers will shrug off the contrivances she needs to bring it all off. Impelled by the dazzling promises of supposed talent scouts, mousy 14-year-old Jenna slips away from her severely overprotective mother to try out for a role in a nonexistent movie. Only gradually does she come to realize that she's been kidnapped to be a double for the runaway princess of the small northern country of Scandia-an outwardly peaceful land troubled by increasing civil violence. Despite her profound naivete and a nature so timorous that she bursts into tears at the drop of a hat, Jenna will put readers firmly on her side as she escapes her captors, meets the real fugitive princess, helps to scotch the plans of the local warmongers-and discovers some astounding facts about her own hidden background. Reminiscent of Philip Pullman's Tin Princess (1994) in setting, and also in being clever, quick-paced and well stocked with Royals, Boie's U.S. debut carries a full load of reader appeal. (Fiction. 10-13)

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7.70(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.97(d)
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8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

KIRSTEN BOIE is the recipient of Germany's prestigious Jungen Pris and the bestselling author of several children's books. THE PRINCESS TRAP is the sequel to THE PRINCESS PLOT, her first novel to be published in English. She lives in Hamburg.

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The Princess Plot 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book, juding by the title, it would be a girly book i never would like, WRONG! I WAS SOOOOOO WRONG! I fell in love with it, i tried (and still am) to get all my friends to read it. This book mixes Princesses with, should i say, kinda gangster-ish JUST HOW I LIKE IT!!!! This book is great for those who are girly yet like some difference. And yes, im gonna try to order the princess trap!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Jenna and her friend get invited to audition for a movie about a princess. Little does Jenna know, it's not actually for a movie. Without telling her overprotective mother, she auditions. She makes it to the final round, not believing that she's been singled out and chosen above all the other girls in her town. But instead of filming a movie, they take her out of the country to fill in for a real princess during her salute to the crowd during her birthday - so that the princess can enjoy her day in peace. She's still dealing with her grief over her father's death not two months prior. While Jenna's auditioning, the real princess has escaped from her boarding school and is heading for safety. Political issues are cropping up and she knows that her uncle, the regent, will be siding on a very important issue. The two parts of the country are at odds: the southern half is wealthy and happy while the northerners struggle with poverty. When the king was alive, he was working towards strengthening the country - together. But now that he's dead, things have gotten worse. The regent is going in the opposite direction. The princess knows she's got to make a stand, but with someone standing in for her, how will she get the chance? Meanwhile, Jenna's beginning to figure out that something's not right, but she's not sure what's really going on. THE PRINCESS PLOT is one part political drama, one part mystery, and one part fairy tale, all included in a very fun read.
Booktastic More than 1 year ago
I went into this book expecting a cross between Princess Diaries and The Princess and the Pauper. What it ended up being was a fairly exciting story of political intrigue, royalty and the normal girl caught in the middle. Jenna is tired of her overprotective mother and in a minor rebellion decides to go to a casting call for a new movie. She ends up being swept up in a fairy-tale like situation where she lives like a princess and stands in for the country's beloved princess, "While she is grieving for her father's death" Jenna quickly finds out there is more to the story than that, and uncovers a story of political deceit and some darker secrets that the "Movie Directors" are hiding. This book delves into some interesting statements about class, has some exciting action and was a fairly interesting book. And there are some enjoyable mysterious elements as the reader tries to figure out exactly how Jenna and her mystery-past and heritage fits into everything. It had some slightly darker moments and hints at violence that were somewhat unexpected considering the intended age level, but that being said I would recommend this book to anyone, particularly girls ages 13 and up.
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mosete More than 1 year ago
I have read and reread this book like 5 times and it gets better each time. This book is not like any of the other princess books i have read this has action and an amazing plot. This book will make you keep reading and guessing every time you turn the page. By far the best princess book out there.
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Book_Reader30 More than 1 year ago
this book is really good it is like my favorite and i was really sad that it was done and i never wanted to stop reading it, its the best book ever
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grandma09 More than 1 year ago
At 7 my grandchildren saw a child backed over with a car. they were totaly tromitized. It has been 2 years and my grand daughter picked this book as a reward for doing so well in school. As I read these few pages I was disterbed that her parents would have a problem with this. I totally didn't like the scull on the outside cover and on the first page. Then it starts with a procession with a child who's Dad has died. But children have to deal with death and maybe this would open some channels of comunication about death and their feelings about it.