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The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castleby Christopher Healy
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Prince Liam. Prince Frederic.Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don't you? They're the Princes Charming, who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses — Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose — to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms.
But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening — even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.
Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, takes us back to the hilariously fractured fairy-tale world he created for another tale of medieval mischief. Magical gemstones, bladejaw eels, a mysterious Gray Phantom, and two maniacal warlords bent on world domination — it's all in a day's work for the League of Princes.
"In this uproariously funny sequel to Healy's debut, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, the Princes Charming reunite to save the day (in their own bungling way) when the Bandit King, Deeb Rauber, rears his archvillainous 11-year-old head. Briar Rose, determined to marry her betrothed Prince Liam, kidnaps him (Liam is chained to the altar during the ceremony). But securing Liam and his kingdom is only the beginning: Briar has her eye on the Sword of Erinthia, which was stolen by Deeb Rauber. Certain that Briar is up to something, Liam gathers his fellow princes — Gustav, Frederic, and Duncan — as well as Ella (as in Cinderella) and other allies to retrieve it. As in the first book, Healy's impeccable sense of humor is the driving force behind this story, which in some ways belongs to Frederic, who works to shake off his characteristic timidity. The friendships and romantic relationships between the many players continue to grow in complexity, and readers will be eager to find out where the princes' misadventures take them next. Ages 8 12. Agent: Cheryl Pientka, Jill Grinberg Literary Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“The friendships and romantic relationships between the many players continue to grow in complexity, and readers will be eager to find out where the princes misadventures take them next.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Filled with witty banter, new and amusing characters, much seat-of-your-pants action, cartoony illustrations, and more clever references to fairy-tale tropes, this hefty installment is certain to keep fans of the first book happily entertained and, since it ends with a significant cliffhanger, eager for more.” The Horn Book
“The princes Charming reunite for another slapstick, kingdom-saving quest....While the wacky comedy and witty wordplay is broken up by emotional growth and romantic story arcs, laughter takes precedence.” Kirkus Reviews
“Uproarious adventure follows, with plenty of action and hilarious dialogue, as well as some deeper insights into the princes, princesses, and villains. This highly satisfying sequel to the first tale still leaves readers hanging for more.” School Library Journal
Prince Liam, Prince Frederic, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav, the charming princes from the fairy tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose, saved the countryside from an evil witch in The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. And now, they have to save the day again, by keeping a magical object from falling into the hands of power-mad warlords who would use it for evil.
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle is the second in Christopher Healy's funny and action-packed middle-grade series, the perfect pick for kids who love the Shrek movies and readers who like their fantasy adventures with a heaping helping of humor.
About the Author
Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom as well as a reviewer of children's media. He lives with his wife and two children in New Jersey.
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