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The chosen prince
Stanley, Diane, author.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Physical Description:
357 pages : illustration, map ; 22 cm
"Prince Alexos, the long-awaited champion of the goddess Athene, follows the course of his destiny through war and loss and a deadly confrontation with his enemy to its end: shipwreck on a magical, fog-shrouded island. There he meets the unforgettable Aria and faces the greatest challenge of his life. Based loosely on Shakespeare's The Tempest"--
Reading Level:
730 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 11.0 171977.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 4.5 18 Quiz: 65453.
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From master storyteller Diane Stanley comes a spellbinding tale, based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, of two princes--one chosen, one lost--and a mysterious girl on a magical island, all caught in a great web of destiny.

On the day of his birth, Prince Alexos is revealed to be the long-awaited champion of Athene. He grows up lonely, conscious of all that is expected of him. But Alexos discovers that being a champion isn't about fame and glory--it's about sacrifice and courage.

Alexos follows the course of his destiny through war and loss and a deadly confrontation with his enemy to its end: shipwreck on a magical, fog-shrouded island. There he meets the unforgettable Aria, and faces the greatest challenge of his life.

Author Notes

Diane Stanley was born in 1943 and was raised in Abilene, Texas. She later attended both Trinity University and Johns Hopkins University.

Her portfolio of children's book illustrations was creative enough for her to begin publication in 1978. She became an art director for G.P. Putnam & Sons and later began retelling and illustrating classic children's books.

Stanley has revamped the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter and has also researched the children's biographies Cleopatra and Leonardo Da Vinci. She also illustrated her mother's book, The Last Princess.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Alexos, prince of Arcos, doesn't have an easy life. His father, King Ektor, is disapproving and demanding and spends most of his time far away, supervising their country's unending war against neighboring Ferra. Schoolmates keep their distance from the prince. His mother is dead. Only his little brother, Teo, brings light and fun into Alexos' life, and soon, Teo, too, is taken from him in a hideous act of treachery. Alexos must shoulder these burdens and more as he becomes a young man and assumes responsibility for his impoverished kingdom. Echoes of Shakespeare's The Tempest reverberate through this classically set court story, where male friendships and loyalty are the focus, and the gods interfere in human affairs. The story is told in third-person present tense, as if observed from on high, lending a sometimes off-putting distance to the action. Fans of Stanley's Silver Bowl books will relish the vivid settings, but The Chosen Prince is not her strongest work.--Willey, Paula Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

On the day of Prince Alexos's birth, the gods decree that he is destined for greatness, catalyzing a life of hardship as the prince attempts to fulfill this prophecy. An outsider among his peers, afflicted with an illness that damages his legs, 12-year-old Alexos is finally driven by anguish to leave his helpless younger brother, Teo, for dead by casting him out to sea alone. But through the goddess Athene's intervention, Alexos finds his way to a magical island where the brothers' purpose is revealed. Stanley's (The Silver Bowl) lush descriptions of the fog-shrouded island, which comes alive to respond to inhabitants' needs, hark back to the mythological roots from which she draws inspiration. Much of the story is relayed through dialogue, and Stanley's characters are prone to lengthy speeches used to explain the Arcoferrans' long suffering and espouse their feelings, making for some stilted exchanges. But, overall, Stanley's storytelling infuses each character and hardship with distinct purposes that coalesce and become clear to readers by book's end for a tidy finale that leaves no unanswered questions. Ages 8-12. Agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Stanley's newest fantasy, set in ancient Greece, is a bittersweet delight. Prince Alexos learns early that being the champion of a goddess does not make for an easy life. Alexos is destined to bring about reconciliation between battling gods, Athene and Zeus, if he can survive a childhood filled with near-impossible challenge and little joy, except for his love of running and his little brother Teo. However, by the age of 12, even these are lost to him. As he struggles to regain the use of his legs and recover from causing the death of his beloved brother, Alexos learns from a wise mentor, develops relationships with people from all levels of society, and becomes a force for good. At the same time, he is comforted by visions of his brother in the land of the dead, living an idyllic life with a new father and sister. However, the protagonist soon learns that all is not as it seems. Alexos is a strong character, capable of accepting and adapting to change, even as he struggles with heartbreak and almost insurmountable odds. Other characters-especially the court physician Suliman and Teo's new sister Aria-are equally well done. The language is lyrical and accessible, and the end is satisfying in the extreme.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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