Nielsen Prince

Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Every year the Rebecca Caudill list of books that comes out, nominated by students, teachers, librarians, and such. We all scramble to read, and get the kids to read, so that we can VOTE for an award winner! Last year the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio won (because it is a phenomenal book) This year- it could be The False Prince.

The thing is, I don’t think I would have picked up this book on my own. I live in a world of fairy tales and drama most of the time and this book looked like just the right amount of exactly that! I’m glad it was on the reading list because it was surprisingly good! It begins with the royal family being murdered and a council member seeking out orphans who can stand in as the missing young prince, who may or may not have died in an attack years before. Through training and threats he plans to choose the boy he believes has the best chance of fooling the kingdom. He also plans to kill the remaining boys so that there are no witnesses do his plan

I would totally recommend this book! There is no romance so I can safely hand it to any of the boys in my classroom and trust that they will not be angry with me. If they can handle blood and betrayal I would say it is good for kids 4th grade and up. I liked it enough to go out and purchase the other two books in the series. Alright Nielsen, don’t let me down!


My Life in Jr. High will be the name of Michelle Linke’s book whenever she has time to write it! Currently Michelle reads kids and YA books for herself, for her classroom and for her kids. When she’s not reading, Michelle spends spare time coaching and planning the execution of her next great idea!