Friday, October 19, 2012


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Jennifer Nielsen
Scholastic Press
352 pp.
Ages 13 and up
Release Date: 4/1/12

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

Author Jennifer Nielson visits with us today to share a little about her new book. Don't miss the book trailer below and a chance to win a copy of THE FALSE PRINCE at the end of this post!

1.  Describe The False Prince in one sentence.

A clever and defiant orphan is forced into a contest where he must either impersonate the long-lost prince, or else be killed.

2.  What inspired you to write this story?

I’d had the general concept for the story for a long time, but my attempts to write it always fell flat because I didn’t have a protagonist strong enough to bear the weight of the plot. One day I was listening to an Eddie Vedder song called Guaranteed, and a line jumped out at me that said, “I knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me, guaranteed.” From that line came this idea of a tough kid caught up in a very dangerous game, but one in which he is very quietly rewriting all of the rules.

3.  You've had several books published. Could you share a little about your initial road to publication?

My debut book was an early MG story called Elliot and the Goblin War. Early in the submission process, I posted a question to a list serve about a revision an agent had requested. Unbeknownst to me, on that same list was a new agent named Ammi-Joan Paquette. She contacted me in private to say that she liked the general idea of my story and that if things didn’t work out with the agent I was already submitting to, that she would love to see the project. I did end up eventually submitting to her and she subsequently offered representation. Within two weeks of her first sending the project out to publishers, Sourcebooks made a three-book offer. Nine months later she sold The False Prince as another trilogy series to Scholastic. I am infinitely lucky to have her for an agent.

4.  What books did you enjoy reading when you were younger and how have they influenced your writing?

I’ve always been a reader, and my book choices were pretty varied across the genres, but the books I loved most were always more adventurous. My mom really wanted me to love the sweeter, more traditionally “girl” books like the Little House on the Prairie series, but every time she put one on my reading stack (and yeah, I always had a stack!), I just moved it to the bottom. My all time favorite book as a child was The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I also loved the Hardy Boys books (but not Nancy Drew, because she never seemed to get in any real trouble) and The Outsiders. Their themes of danger, challenges, and suspense have definitely seeped into my own writing.

5.  What can we expect from you in the future?

There is a lot that I’m really excited about – it’s hard to wait for everything to unfold!

The sequel to The False Prince will be released in April 2013. It’s called The Runaway King and I hope readers will find it to be just as fun as the first book.

Also, in a follow-up to its very successful 39 Clues books, Scholastic has just released a new multi-platform series called Infinity Ring. It’s a fantastic time travel adventure through some of the great moments in history. James Dashner, who may be known to many of your readers, was the architect for the series, wrote Book 1, and will write the final book. I get to write Book 6, which is particularly exciting to me since there are several great authors involved, and a fun story to work with, but I’m also a sort of closet history geek.

So I guess what I’m saying is no, I’m not even close to being caught up on my laundry.


Jennifer has graciously provided a copy of THE FALSE PRINCE to giveaway to one lucky reader! To be eligible to win, please fill out the rafflecopter form below. U.S. entries only, please. 
This giveaway will end on November 2nd.


  1. Great interview. So excited for Jennifer. I LOVED The False Prince. It's one of my favorite books this year. I can't wait to read The Runaway King.

  2. Wow this book sounds great wonderful interview!

  3. I love this book. It is just amazing! Thanks for the giveaway

  4. I loved this book! It was probably the best book I've read this year!
    Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway!

  5. I adored The Queen's Thief series, of which the first book is greatly similar to The False Prince. That's one of the reasons I adored Sage so much. :)

  6. Great interview! Loved that listening to a song helped her find the lead character in False Prince.

    I loved all the books! =)

  7. I adored THE FALSE PRINCE, and already own something like five copies, so I won't be entering the giveaway, but loved the interview - thanks to you both! Looking forward to book 2!

  8. I loved Charlotte's Web. I didn't read Alexander's Prydain Chronicles until adulthood, but I love those as well.

  9. I loved the Narnia series and also The Rats of Nimh.

  10. I was obsessed with all the grimm's fairy tales!

  11. I was obsessed with Harry Potter, I loved the Rats of Nimh, and I enjoyed reading Percy Jackson.

  12. Harry Potter:)

    Thank you:)

  13. Harry Potter:)

    Thank you:)

  14. I also loved the Narnia Series!

  15. I loved the Chronicles of Narnia ^-^

  16. I loved Alice in Wonderland growing up and I still love it now :) Great giveaway, thank you!

  17. I loved the Narnia series. Thanks so much for the giveaway!;)

  18. I didn't read much as a kid. But right now I love the Graceling series by Kristen Cashore.

  19. This sounds like a terrific books!

  20. My favorite book as a kid was Ella Enchanted I read it three times a year if not more :)