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"A Right Royal Read!" Mayfair Times UK

"Funny exposé of It-girl school life." ELLE GIRL UK

"Outrageously funny and a serious contender for the teen chick-lit throne." - THE BOOKSELLER

Set near Windsor Castle in a exclusive all girl's boarding school & the nearby fictionalised Eton College - as attended by Princes William & Harry - Pulling Princes is based on the author's own children's antics at boarding school - "A deliciously naughty insider's guide to the midnight feasts, close friendships & ...

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Overview

"A Right Royal Read!" Mayfair Times UK

"Funny exposé of It-girl school life." ELLE GIRL UK

"Outrageously funny and a serious contender for the teen chick-lit throne." - THE BOOKSELLER

Set near Windsor Castle in a exclusive all girl's boarding school & the nearby fictionalised Eton College - as attended by Princes William & Harry - Pulling Princes is based on the author's own children's antics at boarding school - "A deliciously naughty insider's guide to the midnight feasts, close friendships & romances of royal teenagers." Book ChitChats

Calypso is an ordinary America teen, plunged into the extraordinary world of the ancient British Boarding School system with all its mad traditions & customs, surrounded by the daughters of international royalty & rock-stars.

But after three years of enduring the Terrible Toffs & Horrible Hon.s' treating her like The American Freak, Calypso Kelly is determined to beat them at their own game by tricking them into believing she's dating a hot Hollywood boy.

She may be able to rinse the Eades boys at sabre & dazzle the girls with a poster of her "fake Hollywood boyfriend" - but with the paparazzi lurking behind every hedge, her phone confiscated & the not-so-Honourable Honey O'Hare plotting against her, can Calypso manage to pull it off AND pull the Prince?

"Wickedly Funny" - Publishing News

KLIAT REVIEW

"This is a first YA novel by an experienced British author best known for adult comedy novels. O'Connell once attended a Catholic boarding school in England, as do her own three children, and so she is comfortable describing the life Calypso leads at just such a school. Calypso is actually an American, sent to St. Augustine's by her California parents; as the story begins she still feels like a misfit, even after several years at the place. Now 14 years old, she has a new roommate and her life changes. She and her one true friend. Star (daughter of a rock star), are sharing a room with The Honourable Georgina Castle Orpington, and she and Star finally are learning what it is like to connect with the British aristocracy, for better and for worse. Calypso also meets Freddie, a royal prince, in a fencing lesson with the nearby boys' school. They strike up a flirtation that escalates into an incident that gets into all the British tabloids.

"But this doesn't give you any idea of just how outrageously funny this story is: O'Connell writes just about everything for laughs. She satirizes the rich girls and their obsessions. She is kind toward the nuns who run the school, who truly are intelligent, tolerant, and loving in their dealings with their wacky students. The girls hide vodka in their Body Shop bottles, they smoke and then spray Febreze around to cover the smell, they swear and plot against one another; they use their intelligence and creativity in madcap ways, and they actually do know how to be loyal friends. This book (could it be first of a series?) fits right in with other funny British teenage stories, but I think it has carved out its own niche in a posh boarding school setting."

"It is sure to have fans of the previous novels rolling on the floor laughing their royal crowns off." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, USA

Hoping to become more popular at her elegant English boarding school, fifteen-year-old Californian Calypso Kelly invents a fake handsome boyfriend, until she realizes that her wit and skill at fencing may be enough to attract the attention of a real-life handsome prince.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Calypso Kelly, 14, stars in this frothy and fast-paced boarding school novel in which the genre's stalwart traditions (food fights, cuddling the beloved rabbits of others in the pet shed, pooling "tuck" for midnight feasts) are glamourized and brought up to date with all mod cons (text messaging on teensy cell phones, Jimmy Choo slingbacks, vodka stashed in empty Body Shop bottles). Back at her posh English boarding school for summer term, American-born Calypso is "sick of being the class freak" and intent on becoming part of "the cool set" ruled by The Honourable Georgina Castle Orpington (whom she has just been assigned as a roommate) and Georgina's best pal, the ultra-nasty Honey O'Hare. Calypso's popularity plan seems to be working, until she makes an enemy of Honey by attracting the interest of Prince Freddie (second in line to the British throne and a student at a nearby boys' boarding school) by besting him in a fencing match. Paparazzi madness ensues, Georgina reveals unexpected dimensions, a satirical literary journal is founded-and Calypso finds herself having the best term ever. Refreshingly, as Calypso's social status improves, she never abandons her long-time friend Star, a Kelly Osborne ringer. Instead, both girls get swept nearly effortlessly into the elevated social whirl. Not far behind the giddy, ultra-glitzy fun lurks a generous spirit. Bring on the sequel. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Pulling guys (English slang for making out) is the totally in thing to do at St. Augustine's, the posh all-girls English boarding school and fourteen-year-old Calypso is determined to have her share. She ends up rooming with Star, her best friend who is also an outcast, and Georgina, the posh of the posh. Although shunned in the past and teased about her American accent, this year is going to be different. Above her bed she hangs photos of her mother's hot looking personal assistant to pretend he is her boyfriend. That catches Georgina's eye and Calypso goes up a notch on the social ladder. Calypso does not need to worry—she pulls the crown jewel—the prince, Britain's heir to the throne. Both Star and Calypso fence and matches are often against male boarding schools. Calypso and the prince go against each other. The girls at the school share booze, smoke cigarettes and talk about boys. They get into a food fight and their punishment is to raise 6000 pounds for a charity. Calypso suggests starting a school magazine that is a huge success. If you can believe a prince would fall for someone who beat him in a fencing match, that Georgina and Calypso become best friends, and that a school magazine can earn that much money, you will enjoy the angst, pranks and escapades of these teenagers. 2004, Bloomsbury Children's Books, Ages 12 to 16.
—Janet L. Rose
From The Critics
O'Connell has created a tale that appeals to many adolescent girls. Calypso, the main character, attends an elite boarding school in England while her parents live in Hollywood. As an American attending the school, Calypso has a difficult time fitting in. When Calypso returns for another year of schooling, she finds out she is rooming with Star, her best friend, and Georgina, one of the popular girls who berates Calypso on a regular basis. In a fencing match against Eades, the male counterpart to the girls' school, Calypso is up against Prince Freddie, next in line to the throne of England. After the match Freddie and Calypso talk, and Freddie becomes romantically interested in Calypso. As Freddie and Calypso's relationship progresses, Calypso's life at school becomes increasingly more difficult. Girls of all ages can relate to Calypso as she ventures out of the sheltered world she has created for herself and begins her first real relationship, deals with the difficulties involved in remaining true to herself, and recognizes the complexity of relationships and the strains relationships can create. 2004, Bloomsbury, 221 pp., Ages young adult.
—Elle Wolterbeek
KLIATT
This is a first YA novel by an experienced British author best known for adult comedy novels. O'Connell once attended a Catholic boarding school in England, as do her own three children, and so she is comfortable describing the life Calypso leads at just such a school. Calypso is actually an American, sent to St. Augustine's by her California parents; as the story begins she still feels like a misfit, even after several years at the place. Now 14 years old, she has a new roommate and her life changes. She and her one true friend, Star (daughter of a rock star), are sharing a room with The Honorable Georgina Castle Orpington, and she and Star finally are learning what it is like to connect with the British aristocracy, for better and for worse. Calypso also meets Freddie, a royal prince, in a fencing lesson with the nearby boys' school. They strike up a flirtation that escalates into an incident that gets into all the British tabloids. But this doesn't give you any idea of just how outrageously funny this story is: O'Connell writes just about everything for laughs. She satirizes the rich girls and their obsessions. She is kind toward the nuns who run the school, who truly are intelligent, tolerant, and loving in their dealings with their wacky students. The girls hide vodka in their Body Shop bottles, they smoke and then spray Febreze around to cover the smell, they swear and plot against one another; they use their intelligence and creativity in madcap ways, and they actually do know how to be loyal friends. This book (could it be first of a series?) fits right in with other funny British teenage stories, but I think it has carved out its own niche in a posh boarding school setting.KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Bloomsbury, 224p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 8-11-California girl, Calypso Kelly, is the only one in her upscale British boarding school who is Pulling Princes (Bloomsbury, 2004). Pulling is slang for kissing, and Calypso has attracted the attention of Prince Freddie after they both competed in a fencing match. This is a real change of social status for Calypso whose only friend at St. Augustine's had been spunky Star, daughter of an English rock musician. The American girl has been making new friends since she began rooming with former nemesis Georgina, but snobby Honey still has it in for Calypso. Working with Star and several new friends to create a school magazine and raising money for charity also helps Calypso feel like she belongs at the posh school. Though an unexpected photo in the British tabloids upsets Calypso briefly, a visit from her parents and the chance to talk to the alienated Prince Freddie help end the school term on a hopeful note. Author Tyne O'Connell reads her breezy, humorous text with the right amount of teen emotion. The rabbit in the cover art relates to the story but may not draw an adolescent audience. There's an extensive glossary of English slang and fencing terms at the end of the recording. While the vocabulary may be new to listeners, the petty jealousies, insecurities, and occasional four-letter words in the conversations of these high school girls will be universally recognizable. This first title in the series will be an additional, but welcome purchase for high school and public libraries.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Calypso is the adorably funny "Queen of Doomsday Prophecies," a classic teenage-drama-queen underdog in this endearing and energetic expose of English boarding-school life, the first in a witty YA series by Brit chick-lit goddess O'Connell. Fitting in seems an impossible dream for the charmingly out-of-step wallflower, no matter how she tries to mask her American accent, bond with other misfits, appease her snobby roommate, and avoid mean Honey O'Hare and her rich it-girl clique. But Calypso is determined to reinvent herself by winning peer-approval the best way she knows how: nabbing an enviable older boyfriend. Or at least by pretending that her Hollywood mom's gay personal assistant is her dashing suitor. Hilarity ensues, with Calypso's "Operation Cool" getting her into hot water. When an actual prince enters the picture, the stakes are raised, and jealousy rears its ugly head. Scenarios-particularly the fencing scenes-are inventive, fresh, and fun. In particular, the relatable teen voice here is sharp, honest, and seriously entertaining, making this an enjoyable read, and crowning O'Connell the latest British teen queen. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781501003714
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/29/2014
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tyne O'Connell is a bestselling British author. Her 13 novels have been published to great acclaim by Headline UK, Bloomsbury USA & other international publishing houses. Her books include the bestsellers, What's A Girl To Do? And the Pulling Princes teen series.
Born into an Irish Catholic family, daughter of a retired spy, her favourite chore as a child was collecting eggs from the hens for sixpence. She began telling teachers & family she would be an author from age eight. Her first bestselling book was Sex, Lies & Litigation, pub1996 Headline Review.

She's spent most of her life in Mayfair where she brought up two husbands & three children. The area is at the heart of many of her books. She writes about all things Mayfair: The Restoration, Bluestocking Salons, Roman Catholics, spies, eccentrics, royals & fashion for mayfaireccentrics.com, dandizettes.com and elsewhere. Visit her at www.tyneoconnell.com & follow her on Twitter @tyneoconnell

O'Connell was educated by elderly Flemish Sacre-Coeur nuns (born in the 1870-80's) with the expectation that she would marry a diplomat. It was an unusual Victorian style upbringing & by 17, she was accomplished in Le Cordon Blue, Croquet, Semaphore, Literature, Latin, Needlepoint, Flower Arrangement, Diamond Valuation, Deportment, Millinery & Embassy Dinner Seating. After school she returned to London in a smart tweed suit perfectly prepared for a world that hadn't existed for decades.

Her extraordinary life has been featured in TV documentaries & feature-spreads in Vogue UK, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and most UK broadsheets. Cassandra Jardine in The Daily Telegraph UK, hailed Tyne as "A modern day Elinor Glyn - the original It Girl". ELLE UK described her as "The Impossibly glamorous Tyne O'Connell."

In 2004, Tyne began writing her bestselling fictional teen-series, Pulling Princes, BloomsburyUSA. Based on her three children's & her own experiences at single-sex boarding school; set near Windsor Castle in a fictional, exclusive all-girls boarding school close to Princes William & Harry's alma mater, Eton College. Narrated by an ordinary American teen, Calypso, as she navigates the Terrible Toffs & Horrible Hon.s' & opens the lid on the antics of royal teens. The books have been described as modern classics, an "up to date version of Angela Brazil's boarding school books of the early 1900's." www.calypsochronicles.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2009

    Awesome book!!

    I read it from a local library and I absolutely loved it from the very start. It is a bit realistic and yet it's not. Because it's not often that you get a prince that will fall in love with you! But I really do love it! It's such a darling and sweet book to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

    love

    I fell in love with this book the moment i started reading it and couldn't put it down it's like must read book for evey girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2007

    Pulling Princes-A total teen book

    Pulling princes, is such a 'teen book' it is quick and fast paced, and a book that is not easily put down. When reading it, I had to know what happened next.Besides that Calypso is from England, which makes the book that much more fun, she is fun and a likeable character. For teens,this is a must read. I can tell you that you will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2006

    Simply 'Stunning' book

    This book is absolutely incredible. A romance story that doesn't get gross at all! An american teenager goes to boarding school in England and has some hillarious adventures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2006

    Nice book to read

    Ok i wont lie every book i read is good. This one was good to, i liked the part about a girl who was at boarding school and that she fell in love with a prince. Oh yea and the part about her enemy where she would fight her from time to time. This is a funny, romantic,friendship kind of book if you like these three topics read this book its kool!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    Book freak.

    This IS a great book, it was funny and one thing happened after another, it entertained me. I hope you'll read it ^.-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    What to do...

    I loved this book it is perfect for any girls reading!! But I would be upset if I was in Calyspos' sit., But personaly I would pull Billy because he doesn't casue trouble....guess I'll have to finish the series so I can see what happens!! I would soo recommend this to any young girl, who loves a good read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Hilarious Tale of All Girl's Boarding School

    This is a first class book exposing the everyday life of the posh English girl's boarding school from the eyes of a girl who doesn't seem to fit in. Hilarious and moving by turn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Nun of your buisness

    This book, was very funny. And I would recomend it to alot of people. Isnt it wired how I'm looking up books on Barnes and Nobles website... Oh anyway yes READ IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    lover of romance books

    I LOVED this book. You can totally relate to Calypso. Just when you think things are going to work out with her and the prince, this other guy shows up outa no were and shes not sure what to do( even though we do) I definatly recommend it. Cant wait till the sequal comes out. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2005

    the best book ever!!!!!

    omg this book was sooooooo good! i couldn't put it down. i stayed up late reading and finished it the day that i got it. if your looking for adventure and romance together then this is the book for you.

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