The Princelings of the East

The Princelings of the East

by Jemima Pett


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ISBN-13: 9781320685009
Publisher: Blurb
Publication date: 07/25/2018
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

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The Princelings of the East 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young Travelers I am dithering between 2 and 3 stars. Jemima Pett's book "Princelings of the East" is a fantasy story for children. It has drawings by the author at the beginning of every chapter. Even though the events in this book are not supposed to be long ago, they happen in a land with isolated castles that seem to be on the brink of modern times. Machines of all kinds are rare. The heroes are the brothers Fred and George. We are not told how old they are, but they are not adults. The youngsters are trying to find out what causes sudden power outages, and their adventures take them away from home. I liked that the brothers, even though they were apart, had the same ideas. I also was interested in what was causing the Energy Drain. The cause, when you find out what it is, is fun to wonder about. I did not like that this book had only one female character. And even she had a man's name! The different characters have no real personalities. I thought the villain gave in too easily. There is something important that the author does not tell you about the characters. This is the first book in a trilogy. Even knowing now what the writer didn't tell me about the story does not make me want to read the others.
KimHeadlee More than 1 year ago
The Princelings of the East is the first installment of a fun fantasy trilogy chronicling the adventures of twin time-traveling young royals Fred and George. The year is 2009. Or is it 2021? Hm... whatever the year, no one can argue there are Strange Doings afoot. The King's birthday celebration has been ruined by a mysterious Energy Drain. Princelings Fred and George, two bright kids with too much time on their hands to just sit and Think (in Fred's case) or build ingenious machines (that would be George), decide their august adult counterparts have leapt to all the wrong conclusions, and they want to take matters into their own hands. The question is... how? They are just two mere (if industrious in their own ways) lads; what can they possibly do to solve this Vexing Problem for everyone's benefit? Especially when they have trouble convincing anyone to listen to them, let alone to believe what they say. To say nothing of the possible consequences if they make too much trouble for the King—perhaps even banishment from the only home they have ever known! In the midst of their ruminations, they find a mysterious tunnel, which in due course leads them to all manner of amazing wheres and whens and whats and whos, many of whom are not who they seem. Most amazing of all, they meet adults who not only listen but even value what they have to say. Fred and George, in essence, get to live every ingenious, thoughtful kid's dream. In the book's synopsis, it's likened to The Wind in the Willows, and I can most assuredly see that in the characters' interactions and relationships to one another. However, the literary similarity that struck me most, from the very first page, was A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh. Everything from Fred's propensity to sit and Think (Pooh), to various characters' fussing (Rabbit) and pontification (Owl) about the cause of the Energy Drain and how to solve it made me smile all throughout my reading of the book. The main—and laugh-out-loud zany—scientific issues presented in The Princelings of the East, especially regarding how the world's diet cola becomes "diet" and the process's effect upon the environment, pleasantly brought to mind The Starlight Barking by Dodie Smith, sequel to her much more famous work, The Hundred and One Dalmatians. The synopsis also describes The Princelings of the East as being "suitable for =good= readers aged 10 and over," emphasis mine. Girls as well as boys will enjoy following Fred and George's adventures to other castles and eras, but it does require some mental calisthenics to keep everything sorted. And I view that as a Very Good Thing. In today's culture where the propensity is to dumb down children's programming and literature, the world could do with more Princelings to help our kids hone their mental faculties while presenting fun puzzles and fascinating scenarios. The good news is that there are several more Princelings novels in this series! Brava, Jemima Pett, and do please keep up the great work.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
First of all, as I was reading this book, I had to keep my daughter in mind. In fact, this would be her preferred genre more than mine, but she was too busy with school to read it. So I had to review it in her place. At times, this was challenging since this is not my kind of book. However, I have reviewed the book to the best of my ability without injecting my personal preferences (as much as I could). The book itself was an easy read. My only concern on that point would be that young readers who are not familiar with "English vernacular" may struggle with some of the phrases. It would be an excellent way to expose these young people to this way of speaking and writing, but it may also cause young people outside of the UK to give up. Parents and/or educators would need to take an active role in aiding these readers so they get through the book. I was not overly excited about the time travel in the book, but I know my daughter would have been. This book would have been right up her alley, and I doubt her interest would have waned as mine did. This is the first book in the series, and there were portions that took a different turn than I was expecting. This is a book that I am pretty sure my daughter would devour (she is ten as I write this review), and it should capture the attention of those who enjoy science fiction and time travel. There is absolutely nothing inappropriate in the book (that is worth something right there since too many young adult/tween books contain unsavory elements). This is a book that you can give to your tweens and know that they will receive some culture with an intriguing story. Not my style, but certainly written with the audience intended in mind. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
wiseowlMN More than 1 year ago
Very fun and challenging read for problem solving, brainstorming, engineering, time travel, and diet pop. The story expalins how those things go together. Great for gifted ed class dicussions. Note--does include beer, wine, and a bar---but not in a problematic way. Lots of castles and fancy titles of characters to keep track of. Fun!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye for Readers' Favorite The Princelings of the East is an enchanting tale that will delight boys and be very much enjoyed by girls. This fourth to sixth grade chapter book will keep young readers enthralled for hours on end. You will find well-rounded characters, an interesting plot and many adventures within the pages of this book. I truly enjoyed the tale and loved the telling. It relates a completely new idea in a medieval fantasy setting. The plot will be enjoyed by all the inventors or thinkers in your home. It will be a welcome volume in any home, school, or library shelves.   George and his almost identical twin Fred, live in a castle where they work hard at not being seen. For some years now, the power is being sucked from their castle and they wonder who or what is the cause. George, being the inventor, and his brother, Fred, the thinker, unite their talents to figure the answers to this dilemma.  They have never been beyond the marshes that surround their castle, but they both know they need to go and see if other castles have the same problem. In their travels, they meet some interesting people: princelings and others that will help them discover what is afoot. Meanwhile, they learn much from those they meet.  The Princelings of the East is a medieval fantasy with a touch of time travel that is very well written and easy to understand. It stays on age level and keeps the reader alert for the thought provoking results. What a wonderful tale with a great story. Well done.
MotherDaughterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Jemima Pett has woven a suspenseful mystery featuring a cast of memorable characters headed by the two charismatic guinea pigs, Fred and George. Pett dives into the story right away introducing Fred and George and establishing the crux of the plot early in the book - namely, the mysterious Energy Drain. The plot line, with its many twists and turns, is very intricate and complex; thus, making it enjoyable for older tweens and even adults. Science fiction aficionados in particular will be interested in the element of time-travel in this book. The complexity of the plot is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, this book requires concentration to read, in that, there are many characters to keep track of; there are clues leading up to solving the mystery that you need to attend to; and the element of time-travel keeps you guessing as to who is who really. That being said, the pace of the book is slow enough to notice and retain all the bits of information necessary to unravel the mystery. On the other hand, the complexity of the plot provides a challenge to more advanced independent readers including adults who are interested in thinking through the plot and trying to guess at the ending. It's very much a "thinking person's" book. Of interest, is that Pett based the characters of the book on her own guinea pigs. As any pet owner can attest to, cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs or other loving pets can provide a plethora of inspiration for storytelling. Pett attends carefully to the development of the two main characters, Fred the "Thinker" and his non-identical twin brother, George the "Engineer". In addition, as described above, there are many other characters, each of which is uniquely developed in the same meticulous way. Character development is very much a forte in this book. I do have to comment, however, that I sometimes felt that the characters did not necessarily need to be portrayed as guinea pigs. Ok, yes, underground tunnels played an important role in the story, but I can't help but think that, with relatively minor changes to the context and setting, the characters could easily have been human. I sometimes forgot that they were guinea pigs and as I visualized the story unfolding, I imagined humans as the characters rather than guinea pigs. Another endearing element to the book that I must mention are the simple pencil drawings (illustrated by Pett herself) at the beginning of each chapter accompanied by the most quirky chapter sub-titles I've encountered in a while. I'd like to provide an example, so you can see how fun these are. The title of Chapter 7 is A Close Shave and the subtitle is as follows: "In which George finds that engineers need people skills more than people need engineering skills" I have to admit that I always got a chuckle out of these clever sub-titles. I really enjoyed those! My bottom line: Princelings of the East, Book 1 is a suspense-filled mystery strong on character development, with a deliciously complex and engaging plot, that is sure to be enjoyed by older tweens and adults alike.Given the elements of science fiction and fantasy as well as with the anthropomorphising of guinea pigs thrown in, there seems to be a bit of something for everyone in this book. However, given the complexity of the plot, I would recommend this book to children 10 years and older. * This book was provided to us free-of-charge by the author exchange for an honest review.*
Bandersnatch More than 1 year ago
Ms. Pett's story reminds me of the whimsy found in THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Two guinea pig Princelings set out to discover the source of their castle's energy drain. George is the inventor/engineer who is ahead of his times, and his brother is the philosopher who likes to Thing About Things. They discover a time tunnel, a smuggler, and a rather dubious diet drink of the future. Charming and humorous, this will make a wonderful bedtime read-aloud.