Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

Our focus is on books middle school students might like to read and topics pertaining to books for these students, and we are giving recommendations. Teachers, librarians and middle school students are the contributors to this blog. If you would like to listen to booktalks of some of these books, please check out this site http://www.buzzsprout.com/229361 and enjoy!

The False Prince Book Review by 7th Grader Taylor May 9, 2018

fpIn The False Prince, Carthya is at risk when the whole Royal family gets killed by pirates, or so they they thought. Beven Connor goes around to orphanages, and picks up Sage, Tobias and Roden.  You either go along with Connor or die. Connor steps up to say in fact the prince isn’t dead and the pirates have failed to kill the prince. In fact, Jaron the Prince of Carthya is not as dead as he seems. Five years back, the pirates failed to kill the 8 year old prince Jaron. After all the years, Jaron has been hiding. When Connor steps up saying he has the princ. Jaron has come out of the shadows and is back to rein.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen is one of my favorite books ever! I listened to the first book last year and was really obsessed with it and just loved it. This year, I read it again and am now finishing the series. Reading is not one of my favorite things to do because I always get distracted or just cant keep focused on a book but this is truly one book I just wanted to keep reading! I  remember I had this moment twice where the whole plot just changed and I was so surprised and just in awe when I found out who the prince really was. By far, this is my favorite book that I actually finished and liked.

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New Favorite Book…from a Trilogy No Less! October 30, 2012

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So my new favorite book right now is The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. For the first time in a long time (well at least since the beginning of summer) I’m happy that this author is writing a trilogy. Not sure about some of you other readers out there, but I’m getting a tiny bit tired of all these trilogies! Can’t any author just write a nice story in ONE book!

Okay, back to The False Prince. Sage is on the run, with a roast (raw meat!), when we are introduced to him. From the very first moment he begins to interact with others, I LOVED him. He is witty, self-deprecating, unpredictable, laugh out loud funny and irreverent, all in one paragraph. I could not get enough of this guy! Sage finds out he is being sold to a nobleman named Conner. Sage is mistrustful right away, and when he finds out Conner means to place an imposter on the throne, using an orphan he picks from one of 2 other boys, Sage knows he must decide to either fight for the throne, or move aside. The only problem is, if he doesn’t win over Conner, he knows he’ll end up dead. There is a twist that many will see coming; but frankly, I enjoyed this book so much, I didn’t care!

Our classes are doing a lot of genre reading, and it is hard to peg this book. It reads like a medieval historical fiction, except it lacks a specific time and place. Also, and this is just for horse people like myself, the author mentions Sage riding away on a Quarter horse. Um, Quarter horses are an American horse breed that was developed in the late 1700s so kind of throws out the whole medieval thing. Best guess for the students at my school for their genre would be fantasy, even though nary a troll appears or spell is cast in this book.

Highly Recommended for grades 6 and up.