The Princess Trap

The Princess Trap

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by Kirsten Boie
     
 

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She's a royal on the run, as the PLOT thickens!

Life as a princess = a dream come true, right? Girl, please! Between palace rules, a mean queen-bee roomie at her posh boarding school, the ever-present paparazzi -- and, BTW, her unrequited crushing on Jonas -- Jenna feels superstressed, and finds herself wishing she were a plain old nobody again. Which is why she

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She's a royal on the run, as the PLOT thickens!

Life as a princess = a dream come true, right? Girl, please! Between palace rules, a mean queen-bee roomie at her posh boarding school, the ever-present paparazzi -- and, BTW, her unrequited crushing on Jonas -- Jenna feels superstressed, and finds herself wishing she were a plain old nobody again. Which is why she tries to run away . . . only to get trapped in a scheme to overthrow her uncle, the king!

Major drama.

Suddenly -- seriously? -- Jenna must stop a civil war. When all she really wants is her first kiss!

The charming sequel to THE PRINCESS PLOT!

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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

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545222624
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
512,706
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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