Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Travel the World: Germany: Princess Plot

Boie, Kirsten. 2009. The Princess Plot. Translated by David Henry Wilson. Scholastic. 378 pages.

Scandia was in mourning.

The Princess Plot was originally published in Germany (2005) (Skogland was its name), translated into English and published in the UK (2008), and is finally making its American debut. The book stars a teen girl, Jenna, who is tired of her overprotective mother telling her what to do. There's overprotective, and then in a whole category of her own, there's Jenna's Mother. At least that's how Jenna feels. Why does her mother have to be so paranoid? Why does she have to worry about every little detail?

One day Jenna decides to break the rules. She decides to audition along with all her friends and classmates for a movie. She's pushed into it--urged into it--quite aggressively by the recruiters. And she does seem to be exactly what they're looking for. Almost like she was born to play this role. What's the role? A princess. If the director approves, if Jenna makes the final final audition, she'll be playing the role of a princess. But not just any princess. A modern-day-princess. The princess of a little country called Scandia.
But is everything as genuine as it appears? What do you think? Can life be so easy? This one is a fast-paced, highly-addictive read. As the mystery unfolds and the true dangers are revealed, it becomes nearly impossible to put down. I don't want to say much more than that.

I don't know that I'd say Princess Plot was the best, best, best book I'd ever read or anything. But it was so much more than I was expecting. It completely surprised me. And I loved discovering it. I hope you will take the time to give it a try as well.

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