Nobody’s Prize

Written by Esther Friesner
Review by Nancy Castaldo


Readers may be familiar with the legends and myths of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Medea, Hercules, and Helen of Troy, but Esther Friesner weaves these characters together in a teen novel that lifts them off those dusty pages and into a re-imagined tale of adventure and intrigue. Nobody’s Prize, the sequel to Nobody’s Princess, tells the tale of young Princess Helen of Sparta, who refuses to be left behind by her older brothers who head off to join Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece. Disguised as a boy, Helen joins the crew as a weapons bearer, and her adventure begins. Battles ensue, a murderous princess is encountered, her life is threatened, and only through a treacherous escape can she return to her home.

Esther Friesner’s tale is as imaginative as the legends that inspire it. It is a thrilling coming-of-age story that will undoubtedly please fans of Nobody’s Princess and garner new fans of the original timeless tales. Ages 12 and up.