The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw

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The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to Christopher Healy's hit series, which Kirkus Reviews called "part screwball comedy, part sly wit, and all fun" in a starred review!

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don't you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered—and the four Princes Charming are the prime ...

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Overview

The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to Christopher Healy's hit series, which Kirkus Reviews called "part screwball comedy, part sly wit, and all fun" in a starred review!

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don't you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered—and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they're on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar's murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms—a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-02-19
The members of the League of Princes, good-hearted if only semicompetent heroes, are dubbed outlaws when accused of murder most foul! Strange things are afoot in the Thirteen Kingdoms, none stranger than the wanted posters proclaiming that the League of Princes murdered sometimes-antagonist Princess Briar Rose. The reward for their capture, literally "untold riches," sets bounty hunters after them, and Gustav, Frederic and Rapunzel are captured. In a wacky sequence of mistakes and flukes, two sets of rescuers—Duncan and Snow, and Ella and Liam—fall in and out of the bounty hunters' clutches until the princesses are trapped beyond rescue, and the brave princes run away. Their stories diverge, as the princes have swashbuckling adventures that ultimately strand them on an island. Meanwhile, the princesses spend quality time in jail alongside bread thief Val Jeanval, until their imminent executions necessitate a jailbreak. While initially portrayed as more competent than their princes, the princesses soon reveal themselves as just as hilariously dysfunctional. Throughout the heroes' and heroines' travels, the antiprince conspiracy is revealed in each kingdom—it's directly related to loose ends from The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle (2013). Side characters make comedic final appearances, and a surprise villain team-up provides closure to the trilogy. Part screwball comedy, part sly wit and all fun. (Fantasy. 8 & up)
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 4–6—The third installment in this series finds the League of Princes on the run, falsely accused of murdering Briar Rose. Prince Frederic, Prince Gustav, Prince Liam, and Prince Duncan (the jokester of the group), along with Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Princess Lila devise a plan to clear their names so that they can stop the evil Lord Rundark from taking over the 13 Kingdoms. Midway through the story, the princesses form their own band of do-gooders. Chaos ensues as they and the princes spend a good portion of the narrative tripping one another up in the race to prove Briar Rose is still alive. Countless battles take place—one in each Kingdom. Enemies include giant mongoose, pirates, and bounty hunters. Surprises abound with the reappearance of past foes, including the evil witch, Zaubera. Powerful Magic Orbs are Lord Rundark's secret weapons of choice. There's really something for everyone here, although sometimes it feels as if there is just too much going on. Readers new to the series will probably find the going a bit tough at times trying to keep track of who's who. Nevertheless, Healy has a good understanding of middle-grade humor and his audience in general. With its gender-bending stereotypes and oodles of action, this addition will be welcomed by fans of the series.—Mary Beth Rassulo, Ridgefield Library, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062118486
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 74,757
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Healy

Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom as well as a reviewer of children's media. He lives with his wife and two children in New Jersey.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    The biggest problem with this book is that it's the last one. In

    The biggest problem with this book is that it's the last one. In fact, that's the only problem with this book. Why did the series have to end? I'm considering a fundraising campaign to bribe the author and illustrator into writing more books. If that doesn't work, I may have to kidnap them both and lock them in my crawlspace until they finish, at a minimum, 27 more books. Or until they get a movie deal, whichever comes first.

    As with the first two books, I laughed the whole way through all 500 pages of The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw. Christopher Healy must have a joke Rolodex that he consults, because I don't see how one man can come up with so much outrageous humor by himself. I loved every last page of this book. The characters are as entertaining as ever. Liam and his obsession with capes is still high on my list of Things I Love About the League. I also adore Lila and her ability to charm everyone, especially Ruffian the Blue. I love the friendship between all of the League members (even Briar). Deeb Rauber is as horrid and hilarious as always, and he is still my favorite villain.

    If you haven't read these books, start at the beginning with The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, and work your way through the series. They are definitely worth the read. Be prepared to laugh!

    Highly recommended for anyone, young and old, that appreciates a hearty chuckle.

    Content: Clean

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Cant find...

    I can't find the 4th book, yes there's a fourth book, anywhere I was hoping to find it on my nook but soon discovered it wasn't on here! This truely is a great book it kept me on my toes for sure It brought the characters to life I LUV THIS SERIES AND AINT AFRAID TO SHOW IT so YA!!!!!! ;-) Tho the princesses are pathetic (so is Frederic Gutav Duncan and Liam) but I dont get y Val was added to the story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Best series

    The first book is literally sitting next to me and its fery vunny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Omg!!!!

    That was one of the best book i have ever read !!!!!! If you are wondering weather or not to get it get it !!!!!! And get it on here cause the book is only in hard cover right now so its like 22 dollars!!!! sooooooooo good

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    BAH HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! The book is hilarious! I loved the fi

    BAH HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

    The book is hilarious! I loved the first two books in the series and they just keep getting better. It’s credit to Mr. Healy that he can keep coming up with great things for these characters to do. The the humor along with action and adventure in the book kept me turning the pages – **literally I read all 528 pages over 2 days – I couldn’t put the book down. Mr. Healy has a great writing style. Even for kids who aren’t that into reading will love the book because of the story. The Prince Charming characters in the story are great main characters. I love how they are all different personality-wise but all want the same thing; their honor back. The book isn’t just for boys. I think girls will love the story just as much. I think the idea of the story and this series is super imaginative and completely fun.

    This is one of those books where I wish the rating scale went higher than 5.

    *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    2,000,000,000,000 STARSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    2,000,000,000 STARSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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    Posted June 23, 2014

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