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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Royal Baby: Books About Princes

Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a baby! The third in line for the throne is a boy! In honor of the new Prince of Cambridge, here are some books about princes.

    

Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray. In this modern retelling of Hamlet, Ophelia's dating the Prince of Denmark in the paparazzi's eye. This gets even harder after the Prince's father dies and Hamlet starts to unravel.

The Prince And The Snowgirl Tom looks exactly like Prince George, and earns a lot of money by being a Prince George look-alike. But at a ski competition, Tom tries to impersonate the Prince to impress a girl, only to have the real Prince show up, and he's nothing like Tom thought he would be.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Four orphans have been chosen to impersonate the long-lost Prince. Conner, a nobleman with nefarious motives has orchestrated this charade. The first in a trilogy, follow it with The Runaway King.

    

The Selection by Kiera Cass. Prince Maxon will choose his bride in a reality show. America doesn't want to be chosen, doesn't want to compete, doesn't want to marry the Prince. But when she is chosen and meets the Prince, she starts to change her mind. The first in a series, follow it with The Elite.

Leviathan After his father (The Archduke Ferdinand) and mother are killed, Prince Aleksander is in line for the throne, but his own people don't want him to take it, and wish to eliminate him as well. Meanwhile, in England, a girl disguises herself as a boy for a chance to fly. It's steampunk WWI, and when the stories collide, the very history of the world will change. The first in a trilogy, follow it with Behemoth.

Pulling Princes by Tyne O'Connell. Calypso isn't poor, but she isn't part of the unbelievably uber-posh set that her classmates belong to. Plus, she's American, which is another strike against her at her all-girls British Catholic boarding school. But, this year, she's determined to break into the inner ranks of popularity. When the Prince of England notices her, you'd think that would help, but it just complicates matters. This series also has the COOLEST nuns ever. The first in the Calypso Chronicles, follow it with Stealing Princes.

    

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. In this cyber-punk version of Cinderella, I love that we get to see Prince Kai's side of things. I also love his struggles when he becomes king, torn between leading his nation in a time of crisis, while still mourning his father.

A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. In Russia, Anna was a Countess, but after the Revolution, her family fled to England, where they find themselves in lessened circumstances. She takes a job as a housemaid in a struggling Manor house. Her cousin Sergei, a Prince back home, is a chauffer for one of the neighbors, their blue blood upbringing a secret as they try to keep their families afloat.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Patroclus and Achilles were both of noble birth--sons or grandsons of Kings. In this retelling of The Illiad Miller puts their story of doomed love in front of the action.

What are your favorite books about princes? What are your top picks for names?

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