The Princess of Baker Street

The Princess of Baker Street

by Mia Kerick

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ISBN-13: 9781640803947
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 169
Sales rank: 380,125
File size: 391 KB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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The Princess of Baker Street 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TyLew 8 days ago
When they were younger, Joey was the Princess of Baker Street and Eric was the knight, and it was perfectly normal. But as they got older, the kids of Baker Street started to realize there was something different about Joey, something strange about a boy pretending to be a princess, and not all of them liked it. Middle school is a battlefield, and Eric is doing his best to avoid calling attention to himself and his shaky living situation. Unfortunately, Joey doesn’t get the memo and repeatedly shows up to school with painted nails or wearing leggings and a girly scarf. In order to fit in, Eric has no choice but to cut Joey out of his life, but whenever he sees his friends bullying Joey, Eric is wracked with so much guilt that his stomach hurts. As Eric’s home life and Joey’s school life deteriorate, they both are faced with big decisions with life-changing consequences. But will their choices tear them apart or bring them together again? I couldn’t put this book down. The narrative was fast-paced and intriguing but still managed to hit on several major issues in both Eric and Joey’s lives. I also liked that the reader was able to see into the home lives of several main characters, including the main bully, showing that everyone is struggling with something. I loved the tie-ins to the past and being able to see how the characters changed from young, care-free children to middle school students scared of not fitting in. I feel like the realization that popularity isn’t as big of a deal as people make it out to be is one lesson every middle and high school student must face as some point, so I could really relate to Eric’s internal struggle between fitting in and standing up for his friend. I also enjoyed that the book depicted a wide variety of reactions to a transgender person and showed that the people who truly love you will accept you no matter what. Overall, this was a fantastic read that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a good coming-of-age story, especially anyone curious about the LGBTQ+ community.
LitPick 8 days ago
Joey Kinkaid is the princess of Baker Street, and Eric Sinclair is the prince. They have been close friends since they were little, and now the terrors and troubles of middle school are tearing them apart. Joey does not make an easy friend; he comes to school dressed in the fashion of most girls with leggings, lip gloss, and a pink silk scarf. Eric, troubled by his lack of parenting and guidance at home, forces himself under the radar despite his wishes to help Joey so that no one finds out he lives alone. The bullying gets to be too much for Joey and he attempts to stop the suffering he calls a life. Eric, wreaked by this. has trouble finding his inner peace. Will they mend the bond of friendship against the seemingly vast abyss of darkness we call junior high? How does Eric solve his family troubles when they aren't even around? Opinion: Overall, this is a great book. The plot is realistic and shows the downfalls and potholes of society. It shows our lack of tolerance and sometimes inability to help those who are poor or young mothers raising their children. It is reality mixed with a dose of the fantastic. The kindness and wishes of the characters are imaginative and hopeful. The hero is one who is forced into the position by his past and his conscience, and the bullies are by-products of unoriginality and lack of respect bred in their households and in this world nowadays. In general, it shows the need for better parenting and values integrated into our society as well as the lack of respect and tolerance for others. But the hope and love portrayed, despite overwhelming doses of darkness, are beautiful, courageous, and quite touching.
BooksDirect 25 days ago
Eric and Joey have been friends all their lives, but things change when they start middle school. Joey defies gender norms and has always been a bit of a princess. Eric decides it’s time to ditch him for a more popular crew, the jocks, which includes Travis, also once Joey’s childhood friend but now his biggest bully. Eric has problems of his own, but Joey takes most of the attention off him and he can hide in plain sight. Eric’s home situation goes from bad to worse, while his relationship with Joey progresses to a whole new level, making it harder and harder for him to remain inconspicuous. Eric must decide which is more important, self-preservation or loyalty. Will he make the right choice? The story is told from Eric’s point-of-view with flashbacks to his childhood with the other Baker Street kids. His grammatically incorrect narration and conversational tone provide him with an authentic his voice. It’s sad to see how Eric’s mother is physically absent, yet always present in Eric’s mind. He never openly resents her and places so much credence in her quirky sayings, drawing on her words of wisdom whenever he’s in trouble. The author presents Joey as a believable character, giving us a clear and accessible description of both the physical and emotional sides of being a transgender youth. This is a heartbreaking story of two damaged souls who don’t yet realize they are the only ones keeping each other alive. Thankfully, the book ends on an uplifting note. The only problems I had were with characters being called alternately by their first or last names (which can become confusing) and the similarity between Eric’s and Joey’s last names (Sinclair and Kincaid). Warnings: LGBTQ themes, bullying, attempted suicide, child abuse. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post:
ReadersFavorite2 25 days ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Joey Kinkaid is smart, pretty, and a good friend. He’s also a boy who likes to wear girlie clothes and is terribly bullied by the other kids. Eric Sinclair is Joey’s former best friend and admirer. As they started middle school, Eric decided that distancing himself from Joey would save him from being the social outcast. However, it’s hard for him to see his childhood playmate suffer from the constant bullying. When Joey’s resolve finally snaps, will Eric stand up for him before it’s too late? The Princess of Baker Street by Mia Kerick is narrated in Eric’s first-person POV and the prose mirrors the adolescence of the character. Instantly, readers get the sense and perhaps are reminded of the difficulty of being different in a cruel and dangerous juvenile world. It’s interesting but sad as Eric struggles with his conscience of doing the right thing or keeping his school life trouble free as much as possible, especially when he has no support from his absent mother. The flashbacks of his memories of his younger, happier days with Joey and the other kids are sweet, innocent moments where it was all about fun and not discrimination. Emotional growth of the characters is well explored and deftly developed in Part II of the story. I have a soft spot for Emily, who’s always been more mature than the rest of the kids. Kerick’s The Princess of Baker Street is a moving read about gender identity, bullying, family problems, depression, suicide, and transgender. They are heavy matters but important to be contemplated by society, especially people who lack understanding of the hardships that the LGBTQ community has to face.
ReadersFavorite1 25 days ago
Reviewed by Amanda Rofe for Readers' Favorite The Princess of Baker Street by Mia Kerick is a young adult novel about the trials and tribulations of Joey Kinkaid. Joey feels, from an early age, that he really should have been a girl. This is his journey from innocent childhood adventures with his best friend, Eric Sinclair, to living as a girl. His journey is not easy. His father does not support his transition and he is bullied by his peers at middle school. When he begins openly dressing more like a girl, school life becomes unbearable for him. Eric is going through his own problems. Struggling to survive neglect in his home life, he just wants to avoid trouble so he keeps his head down. Unfortunately, Eric's personal problems mean he just doesn't have the strength to support his friend and they inevitably drift apart. Is this a permanent rift or will the two friends find a way to come together again? Princess of Baker Street is a gritty coming of age drama that has been beautifully written. The story is pertinent and realistic. The characters are very appealing, particularly the two protagonists. Mia Kerick skilfully explores the confusion felt by everyone surrounding the issues of gender identity, not just the person going through the transition. She accurately observes the dynamics between family members, close friends and the school peer group, which is absolutely fascinating. The portrayal of these complex relationships is sensitive and poignant. This is a great book suitable for teens upwards. I would not put an upper age limit on the readership. I am sure other adults will enjoy it just as much as I did.
ReadersFavorite 25 days ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Princess of Baker Street is a young adult coming of age novel written by Mia Kerick. Eric Sinclair and Joey Kinkaid had always been best friends, and they were the focal point of the Baker Street gang, five kids who ran and played and pursued a grand fantasy of the imagination. Joey was their Princess Ariel, and the gang had no issue with that, until they all got a little bit older. Now that they were in middle school, however, Travis and Lily made it their goal in life to torment Joey, and Eric’s own home situation made it imperative that he not get involved or in trouble at school. When their geography teacher assigned Eric and Joey to be study partners, Eric was conflicted. He feared the condemnation and scorn of his peers at school, but, even more so, he loved being part of Joey’s life again. He just couldn’t understand why Joey did the things that made his time in school so very difficult. Mia Kerick’s young adult coming of age novel, The Princess of Baker Street, is a beautifully written and compelling story about a transgender teen and her childhood friends. I loved witnessing the story through Eric’s eyes and felt for him as he struggled to keep his awful home situation a secret. While Joey’s story is the dominant theme here, Eric’s tale is equally transfixing, and their interactions make this coming of age novel an unforgettable one. Kerick’s depiction of a transgender teen and the stresses and strains of life both at home and in school experienced by her is right on point. Kerick’s characters are remarkably real, and her storytelling is powerful. The Princess of Baker Street is most highly recommended.