The Chosen Prince

chosenprinceWritten by Diane Stanley


It’s no wonder that Diane Stanley’s other books have won prizes. This is a most beautifully designed and written book. The thoughtfulness in creating situations and the masterful storytelling are a joy with which to become immersed.

Arcoferra was split into the two lands of Arco and Ferra by Zeus’ thunderbolt. Athene, his daughter, promises the people to send a champion to save them from an eternal civil war. “The Chosen Prince” is the story of how Anthene’s promise plays out.

The word “beautiful” keeps coming to mind for this story. Yet there is murder and political intrigue and adventure and loss and love and magic. It’s just that the story is so quietly, calmly written. The war rages on, people are killed, the hero is harmed, evil forces threaten, and yet the story is thoughtfully calm.

The reading level is B.L. 3.0. It is written for young readers, and the (once again) beautiful writing of Ms. Stanley allow young readers very clear explanations about the characters thoughts and actions. Lots of lessons are learned on the way. It is a fabulously well-written book. It is as if the gods got together and created the situations for the humans to perfectly fit together to make this story. I congratulate Diane Stanley for putting this story down for them (and writing a terrific story).

Review by Cheryl Baker, Teacher, Mill Creek Elementary
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Author Website: http://dianestanley.com/

The Chosen Prince
Written by Diane Stanley
Harper
357 pages
Release Date: January 27, 2015

Categories: Elem. – Fiction
Tags: Zeus, war, heros, love, magic, adventure, murder

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3 thoughts on “The Chosen Prince”

  1. I’m a fan of Diane Stanley books. This one looks like a great one for Elementary libraries. I’m excited to read it. Thanks for the review.

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