The Hostage Prince

The Hostage Prince

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Terrifying monsters, daring escapes and a kingdom on the verge of war... Unlikely companions Snail and Prince Aspen find themselves thrown together on the adventure of a lifetime. Due to a series of misunderstandings, they end up on the run, having adventure after mishap after scary, thrilling escape. When they reach Aspen's kingdom, they learn to their horror that their actions have divided the country and plunged it into violence. Every minute counts: it is time for Snail and Aspen to figure out a way to stop the building war--together. The Hostage Prince is a fast-paced, funny, exciting fantasy novel for young readers. And who better to start tweens on their journey than Jane Yolen ("America's Hans Christian Andersen"--Time) and her son, Adam Stemple!
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 132.08 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 158.76g
  • Puffin Books
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142422347
  • 9780142422342

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"An entertaining, thrilling fantasy with a host of endearing characters." --Publishers Weekly "Aspen and Snail are refreshingly atypical heroes." --School Library Journal "A rather thoughtful look at conflict, loyalty, and courage, and the discussion sparked here will hopefully continue with the proposed sequels." --BCCB
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About Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen ( needs no introduction! She has been called the "Hans Christian Andersen of children's literature" (Time) and has won countless awards for her wide-ranging body of work -- picture books, poetry, nonfiction, middle-grade fiction, YA novels, and novels and poetry for adults. She was also the editor of her own imprints at Harcourt (Jane Yolen Books and the reprint line Magic Carpet Books), where she published best-selling authors Patricia C. Wrede, Bruce Coville, and Anne McCaffrey, among many others. Adam Stemple ( is the author of wo novels for adults, Singer of Souls and Steward of Songs (both Tor), as well as a musician ... and Jane's son! They have collaborated on two "rock 'n' troll fairy tales" (Pay the Piper and Troll Bridge), and our own B.U.G. (Dutton).
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Rating details

315 ratings
3.46 out of 5 stars
5 14% (45)
4 32% (100)
3 41% (129)
2 12% (38)
1 1% (3)
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