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Nobody's Prize (Princesses of Myth) [Kindle Edition]

Esther Friesner
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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In this rousing sequel to Nobody’s Princess, young Helen of Sparta is not about to be left behind when her older brothers head off to join the quest for the Golden Fleece. Accompanied by her friend Milo, and disguised as a boy herself, Helen sets out to join the crew of heroes aboard the massive ship known as The Argo.

Helen quickly faces all sorts of danger. There are battles to be fought, as well as an encounter with a terrifying murderous princess. With her beauty blossoming, Helen’s journey takes her beyond the mythology of the Golden Fleece to Athens, where her very future as Queen of Sparta is threatened.

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Grade 6–9—In this sequel to Nobody's Princess (Random, 2007), the future Helen of Troy and her friend, the former slave Milo, join Prince Jason and the Argonauts on the quest to gain the Golden Fleece. Helen, disguised as a boy, is faced with trying to keep her identity secret from her brothers, who have also joined the quest. Her true gender is revealed when she gets her first period, so she claims to be the warrior Atalanta, a figure from the first book. When the crew of the Argo reaches Colchis, Helen meets Princess Medea, presented as a sinister and scheming figure. As Helen travels back to Sparta, she is captured by Theseus of Athens, who wants to marry her, and she needs to use both her strength and her wits to escape. Readers familiar with legends about Jason and Helen will enjoy finding familiar adventures and themes, while readers new to these myths will appreciate Friesner's detailed vision of ancient Greece. Characters are given depth and flaws, such as Jason's self-centeredness and Herakles's stretching the truth. Details about food and customs of the time are woven into the story. Helen's determination to choose her own future will resonate with modern teens, who will also appreciate her resourcefulness and determination to help those who help her. A solid choice for fans of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" books (Hyperion/Miramax).—Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI
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In this sequel to Nobody’s Princess (2007), Helen of Sparta dons a male disguise and, along with her brothers, stows away on the Argo, the ship Jason sails to find the Golden Fleece. She views this as her last free adventure before she takes on the responsibilities of wife, mother, and queen of Sparta. Yet, as usual, she gets more than she bargained for: crazy Herakels; evil Medea; and a chance reunion with the Athenian king, Theseus, the bridegroom from whom she has once escaped. Friesner again melds myth and fiction into an exciting adventure for both Helen and her readers. This sequel introduces a more mature Helen, who menstruates for the first time, witnesses love affairs (including those that demonstrate Medea’s powerful hold on men), and finds her own object of desire. Readers will rejoice in Helen’s escapades and will hope for a future chapter, perhaps in which she becomes Helen of Troy. Grades 8-12. --Frances Bradburn

Product Details

  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 037587531X
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 22, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00139VUKQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sequel! February 25, 2011
With the help of her best friend Milo, Princess Helen of Sparta manages to make her way aboard The Argo disguised as a boy and hiding from her older brothers - who are also aboard the legendary ship. She forges new friendships, falls in love, discovers Hercules has fallen in love with her (as a boy), and suffers heart-wrenching tragedies. Along the way she discovers one painful truth: people aren't always what they seem.

Nobody's Prize is not a particularly long book, but there is so much action packed into it that I felt like I'd traveled so far, only to discover I was merely 20 pages into the book.

Helen seemed a little to unobservant at times for my taste, but at others she was quick witted and cunning. She nearly managed to think her way out of every problem she got herself into (which was a lot), and the ones she couldn't think her way out of, she just used her sword.

Helen seems a very capable and human heroine. She manages to wear many faces during the book and slips into each mask perfectly. She is truly a wonder.

There was one tiny detail about the ending that I was disappointed with, but I see why it had to be that way.

Good read. A little bit of language, some suggestive references, as well as very mild homosexuality.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nobody's Prize is on par with its predecessor in terms of style and content and is not a disappointing sequel. The imagery is rich and one feels, despite some modern phrases, transported back into Ancient Greece. That said, I was a little disappointed at the lack of any real romance. Other men fall for Helen, but her own interests are quickly crushed somewhat early in the novel. Anyone reading this should not expect Paris to put in any real appearance, although the end of the novel alludes to events to come concerning Helen's more famous activities. All an all, an enjoyable and interesting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it- But where's the third one? June 12, 2013
By Kelly
I absolutely loved this, a great take on history showing off a woman who wanted to stand on her own, yet society told her she couldn't. My only regret is that there was not a third book, one where like in history she is kidnapped and a war begins because of her. I would love to read that. =]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it March 24, 2013
By Ivy
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Very thought provoking, excellent read, great gift. Could not put it down, lots of details, happy I bought it for sure : )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! January 10, 2013
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Esther Friesner is one my favorite authors! Nobody's Prize has lived up to all her other books! I highly recommend it for everyone to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **SPOILER*** November 18, 2012
By jen
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm actually not done with the book but i just want to share my opinion on the book for a second.
They made Herakles gay.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nobody's Prize April 26, 2010
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My daughter loved the previous books in the series. After reading reviews I decided to purchase this book with the confidence that she would like this as well. Well the subject matter was more advanced for my daughter. Beware if your daughter is not ready for discussions about sexuality and alternative life styles.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not as good as the first one February 15, 2012
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Nobody's Prize (Princess of Myth) by Esther Friesner continues the story of Helen of Sparta as she sets out, disguised as a boy, to join The Argo and Jason's quest to find the Golden Fleece. To make matters worse, Helen becomes more of a woman and it's becoming harder and harder for her to hide who she is.

Nobody's Prize picks up right where Nobody's Princess left off, where Helen and Milo must find a way to The Argo and join with them, all the while avoiding her brothers. It does have some complications that come up - such as Herakels happens to think Helen's cover as a boy is pretty and he might want a little bit of it (mild homosexuality - along with hints of Herakels with another as well.) Then there's the crazy Princess Medea who becomes obsessed with Prince Jason as soon as she sees him and believes that Helen is there to steal Jason, no matter how much Helen states otherwise.

There are a few other things that come up, but I just don't feel like it's all that much that would stop Helen from accomplishing her goals, whatever her goals are. There doesn't seem to be a big climax anywhere in the book and the end is kinda, well, cheesy and just clears things up too smoothly that it doesn't make it believable. It's not bad of a book, but I feel like it could have been better and the first one was better than this one. Still, they're not bad to read. They're quick reads. I think I'd still recommend this to anyone, along with the first book as well. If you're not sure, check it out from the library and see what you think.

Though I'm giving this a lower rating, I'm not upset that I purchased them. They aren't bad to read and it wasn't much that I spent on them. If this was a bit better, I'd give it a higher rating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The ending almost ruined the book
Everything in this book was going fine for me until the end. It was like all of a sudden the book needed to be done so things were wrapped up a little to cleanly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jordin @ A Bottomless Book Bag
5.0 out of 5 stars Why aren't there more like this?
My 11 year old ripped though this and the others bythe same author. Just wish there were more quality historical fiction for kids.
Published 9 months ago by J. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars OMGEE!!
Omgee there's parts in this book that drops your mouth open that make you feel the Character's Pain! Good book!
Published 12 months ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Sequel
They were really good books. I would say they are mostly for teens though.
I'm gonna have to let my little sis read it.
Published 20 months ago by Meghan Ashton
2.0 out of 5 stars Drifting
The series started off great. It is the story of Helen of Troy in her preteen/teenage years. I found it very interesting how the author gave this usually static character life and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by queenb4ever
5.0 out of 5 stars Could NOT put it down, BEST BOOK EVER!
I loved this book! It had action,suspense,love,adventure,heroes, Greek Mythology and the whole nine yards! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Demi
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, Love it!
This book is the most exciting and funny book that I have read this entire year ( and I read a lot of books). Read more
Published on May 27, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read from Esther Friesner
This is the sequel to Nobody's Princess, read that first, simply because of character introduction. I got this book for my kindle and enjoyed it greatly. The ending is sweet... Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by Scrribledletters
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Nobody's Princess/Prize!
I just finished the first and can't wait to read the next! Also, I was reading the ABOUT THE AUTHOR, and it said Friesner came up with the book when she wrote the short story The Thunderbolt! I read that one! Her works are great! I want to read more by her! I must say, I was drawn to Atalanta,... Read More
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