The Spy Princess

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When twelve-year-old Lady Lilah decides to disguise herself and sneak out of the palace one night, she has more of an adventure than she expected—for she learns very quickly that the country is on the edge of revolution. When she sneaks back in, she learns something even more surprising: her older brother Peitar is one of the forces behind it all. The revolution happens before all of his plans are in place, and brings ...

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Overview

Just right for fans of Tamora Pierce and Patricia C. Wrede!

When twelve-year-old Lady Lilah decides to disguise herself and sneak out of the palace one night, she has more of an adventure than she expected—for she learns very quickly that the country is on the edge of revolution. When she sneaks back in, she learns something even more surprising: her older brother Peitar is one of the forces behind it all. The revolution happens before all of his plans are in place, and brings unexpected chaos and violence. Lilah and her friends, leaving their old lives behind, are determined to help however they can. But what can four kids do? Become spies, of course!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—A fast-paced adventure set in the fictional land of Selenna within the larger realm of Sartorias-deles. Despite the long list of books set there, this one can easily stand alone. Princess Lilah, 12, lives in a world on the brink of revolution. When she gets an itch for adventure, she disguises herself as a boy and becomes embroiled in the action as the kingdom descends into chaos. The legions of poor have rebelled against their rich overlords, including Lilah's family, and her brother is helping to lead the revolution. The plot is complex but well developed and there are plenty of twists to keep clever readers guessing. Smith's writing keeps pace with well-placed descriptive passages, but without frills. Lilah is an empowered girl, but still acts her age and makes plenty of impetuous mistakes. Her world is richly detailed, and the supporting characters often defy convention. The political themes and complexity keep this novel out of reach for reluctant readers, but would likely satisfy more sophisticated children longing for something meatier.—Ricca Gaus, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A middle-grade fantasy squashes an entire trilogy into one volume. In the first part, 12-year-old Lilah, who tells the tale, strives to have adventures not suitable for a princess, a conundrum she solves in the usual way, by disguising herself as a scruffy boy. She learns quickly that the townsfolk are taxed to the limit by her father and her uncle, the king, and that her adored older brother, Peitar, despite his crippled leg, is in league with revolutionaries led by Derek, a friend of many years. In the second part, the uses of magic, barely mentioned earlier, become clearer, as Lilah finds refuge from the bloody revolution in a magical place beloved of her dead mother. In part three, Peitar and Derek, whose revolution has fallen apart in chaos, are captured by Lilah and Peitar's uncle, and Lilah, with her loyal band, finds a way to help make things right. There is very little onstage violence, and the language is relatively simple. Readers may find themselves a bit nonplussed as various types of magic appear without warning and the physical dangers of revolution are noted but not made real. The well-meaning adventure suffers from the unwieldy compression of events and tropes. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670063413
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 8/2/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 796,529
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Sherwood Smith started making books out of paper towels at age six. In between stories, she studied and traveled in Europe, got a Masters degree in history, and now lives in Southern California with her spouse, two kids, and two dogs. She’s worked in jobs ranging from counter work in a smoky harbor bar to the film industry. Writing books is what she loves best. She’s the author of the high fantasy History of Sartorias-deles series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. Learn more at www.sherwoodsmith.net.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    GREAT BOOK

    Awesome. I loved the whole story. I would love to have an adventure lyk this. I wish to be as clever as the "sharadan brothers". Especially since they're a group of kids. (:

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    This is one of the most spectacular books I have ever read!!! Th

    This is one of the most spectacular books I have ever read!!! The way everythimg blends together made it perfect. sSome nights I had to force my self to stop reading and go to sleep. In the end this book is spectacular

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

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    I love this book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    The best!!!

    This was one of the best books ever! I am 13 and have read it twice. I really like it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    My FFAVOTITE MY FAVORITE BOOK!!!!!

    An amazing book that i have read a million times, the book has adventure and just the right amount of magic i would recomened it to anybody who likes adventure!:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Amazing

    Om my gosh I loved how she made them become spys.I also like how she sneaks out in the biggining and has to figuer out if she can get out

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    I love this book

    1 of my favorite books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Wellllll...

    Dude... hav U read this.dont judje it just SOUNDS dopey.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    What

    So good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Chessy noddle

    Whattheheckomgthisbooksoundsstupid!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 28, 2012

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