The Princess Trap

The Princess Trap

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by Kirsten Boie
     
 

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Life as a princess = a dream come true, right? Not so much! Between palace rules, a mean-girl roommate at boarding school, the ever-present paparazzi--and, BTW, her unrequited crushing on Jonas--Jenna finds herself wishing for plain old anonymity again. So she runs away--only to be captured by the villainous Bolstrom, who's been planting seeds of unrest in the newly

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Life as a princess = a dream come true, right? Not so much! Between palace rules, a mean-girl roommate at boarding school, the ever-present paparazzi--and, BTW, her unrequited crushing on Jonas--Jenna finds herself wishing for plain old anonymity again. So she runs away--only to be captured by the villainous Bolstrom, who's been planting seeds of unrest in the newly unified nation of Scandia and plotting to overthrow Jenna's uncle, the king! Aided by her sassy BFF Bea, Nahira's rebels, and maybe even that mean roomie, Jenna must stop a civil war--when all she really wants is her first kiss!

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Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
In the sequel to the German sensation, The Princess Plot, Boie once again shows the struggles of leading a life in the limelight. Newly ordained Princess Jenna cannot seem to do anything right. There are too many rules involved in being a princess and she simply does not fit the mold. Day after day the media finds ways to mock her looks or her weight. It seems as if she can do nothing to please and Jenna has had enough! With the country in shambles and food and supply shortages reported in the news daily, everyone is ready to blame the new government. An annual fete at the von Thunberg's mansion, gives Jenna just the freedom from the ever watchful and critiquing eye of her mother to slip away. With no real purpose or plan in mind, Jenna heads back to the navigator's house (from The Princess Plot) in hopes of finding some refuge. She soon realizes that this is a not so secret get away as she runs into her friend Perry, also trying to escape. The two unlikely companions stumble upon a secret location where food and supplies are being hoarded in order to deprive the people and the two begin to uncover just who the enemy is—and it is not the Rebels as the media would have everyone believe! In The Princess Trap, Boie struggles to find a new adventure for the sometimes one-dimensional character of Princess Jenna. There are too many meaningless characters and plotlines that do not quite fit together to make this a very engaging story. Though readers will root for Jenna and hope that she can get her act together and step into the role that is presented to her, she is flat and forgettable and readers will not be left begging for a third book in the series. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—A year after the events in The Princess Plot (Scholastic, 2009), Princess Jenna's adjustment to her new boarding school, and her new country, is not going smoothly. When she sees an opportunity to escape during a lavish garden party, she runs away, planning to reunite with her best friend. What she doesn't plan on is that Perry, son of the Minister of the Interior, has also run away. Both of them are kidnapped and caught up in conspiracy to overthrow the king and incite a civil war. Frequent expository dialogue refreshes readers on the events of the first book, making it possible to jump straight into this one. While conspiracy stories often have many characters and plot twists, The Princess Trap gets particularly bogged down by its large cast and political maneuverings. In Jenna's and Perry's sections, their fears about their captors take a backseat to their predictable romantic troubles and contrived misunderstandings. The writing style is simplistic and at times awkward. Jenna's royal status doesn't factor into the plot much beyond a handy excuse for her kidnapping. Teens looking for princess stories will be better served by Meg Cabot's "The Princess Diaries" (HarperCollins) or Gail Carson Levine's novels.—Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MA
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Praise for the PRINCESS PLOT series:

"Engaging, clever, quick-paced -- and well stocked with royals! Boie shows why she's such a popular novelist in Germany. Jenna will put readers firmly on her side as she escapes her captors, meets the real princess, and discovers some outstanding facts about her own hidden background....Boie's US debut carries a full load of reader appeal." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A fun, attention-keeping read. For readers who dream of being a royal or singlehandedly saving an entire country from ruin, Boie's story will hit the spot." -- Publishers Weekly

"Well crafted, intricate, and suspenseful. For readers who want more from their princesses than sumptuous clothes and first kisses." -- BCCB

"One part political drama, one part mystery, and one part fairy tale, all included in a very fun read." -- TeensReadToo.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545222617
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 8.64(h) x 1.35(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 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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Princess Trap 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
mosete More than 1 year ago
I have read this series more then once and it keeps getting better each time i read it. Totally not your normal princess book thats for sure. This book has everything: romance, action, family, and royalty. Probably one of the few princess books that actually has a plot. Best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this. I could not stop thinking about the book. I kept rereading it. There is betrayal and romance mixed with action and adventure.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Gold Star Award Winner! Roughly a year has passed since Scandia regained its presumably dead king and main character, Jenna, found out that she was royalty. With the conspirators that appeared in THE PRINCESS PLOT out of the country, the North Islanders and the South Islanders of Scandia should be able to live happily ever after, right? Well, not quite. Jenna is an outcast at her boarding school, especially due to her dark features that are typically associated with all North Islanders, and her pizza-eating media scandal that revealed not-so-princess-like behavior. After feeling the pressure to be perfect among a tangled romance, Jenna finds herself running away into the hands of a friend - and unexpected trouble. Things are also rocky on the home front. Food shortages and attacks supposedly staged by the country's rebels are destroying the reforms that King Magnus, his sister, and other government members installed to help bring about peace between the previously divided country. Is a coup truly going to ruin all hope for a united Scandia, despite the different economic classes and physical features? THE PRINCESS TRAP is a book full of adventure and constant plot twists. The courageous characters, along with the incorporation of history and national pride, help to make this novel one-of-a-kind. The ending will leave you with goose bumps and a new sense of empowerment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i thought it was just a typical princess story but as i kept reading it became one of the best books i have ever read oh and i am actualy a kid who has read this not one of those fakeos
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's great! The only problem the young reader may have is that different p.o.v.'s and events happen in a mayter of three days or so. It's a great read for those who don't want the average fairy tale. The Princess Plot (book one) is taken place in one week or something like that... I am very sad that the Nook does not offer book one, and it can get confusing without reading it, however you can somewhat infer what had happened that last summer. Kirsten Boie is a genius!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would make more sense but u dont absolutly have to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soooo good. I am not one of those nook people who post fake reveiws about how good it is. I am a real 13 year old who enjoyed this book. I will note that in some parts it has some cursing in it but besides that everything is AWESOME!!!!!!! My advise is that you shouls read The Princess Plot before this. They do not have this book for the nook but you can order it online or check it out in the library. You can read it without it but you might want to read The Princess Plot because its most likely that you will become confused.... Ok this is Jesus Freak 101
Hate More than 1 year ago
it is a good book about not beingingafaid to say soming becaue this boook takes u thought the hard life of a princess
Anonymous 15 days ago
Hi l'm maddy and I love this book when I sarted reading thie book coud not stop.My mom was calling me but I did not here her. When I was done my mom told me all about P.S. I'm a kid and I have this book and its really good
Emilykchms14 More than 1 year ago
Very Suspenseful! I just finished this book, and I want to read it again! It was so suspenseful that I was on the edge of my seat, and kept reading and reading until the end. You have to read this book! The detail is so amazing I could imagine the events happening throughout my head. The suspense was unreal, that I kept re-reading the last couple of sentences in the book and it became more and more interesting every time. It was so detailed that I could imagine myself being there and imagine myself solving the problems. For example, when Jenna, the main character, went inside the lighthouse, and someone tapped on her shoulder, she didn’t know who it was. I didn’t know either and it gave me chills in my bones. Also, there were about 48 chapters in the book and were only about 7 pages per chapter. The setting would change every time there was a new chapter and the character would change as well. I had to keep reading to get back to that character’s point of view, so that is what I did! It caught my interest to read more and more. The suspense was overwhelming at times and I was uncertain which events would happen next! Finally, I loved how the character’s feelings and emotions were in the story. Their emotions caught my attention more than the third-person narrator speaking and explaining what was going on. It made it more suspenseful  when the characters felt scared or nervous because the story got into every detail on how they felt, and I could feel the suspense rising up. You should really read this book if you want a mystery, an action, a suspenseful, and a dramatic story at the same time! Enjoy reading! Emilykchms14
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an amazing book an I think you should read it. : )
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Do you have to read the first book before this one?
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Loved the book hope u enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book you daughter would love this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!