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The Prince Who Fell from the Sky

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  252 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
In Casseomae's world, the wolves rule the Forest, and the Forest is everywhere. The animals tell stories of the Skinless Ones, whose cities and roads once covered the earth, but the Skinless disappeared long ago.

Casseomae is content to live alone, apart from the other bears in her tribe, until one of the ancients' sky vehicles crashes to the ground, and from it emerges a
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259 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Random House (first published January 1st 2012)
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Heidi
May 21, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed here.

Anyone who’s been reading my reviews for a while now has probably realized that I love when a book puts a spin on my traditional way of thinking. I don’t always agree with the spin, but I like knowing it’s out there affecting the way people think about things. The Prince Who Fell From the Sky was one of those books. I was worried on more than one occasion that it would cross the line into ‘big message’ territory and make me groan, but it didn’t! John Claude Bemis weaved
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Pam Howell
May 14, 2012 Pam Howell rated it really liked it
This being the first work I have read from John Claude Bemis I was wholly unaware when I opened the book and turned to the first page that I would lose the ability to put it down until I read the conclusion. The Prince Who Fell From the Sky is a post apocalyptic novel for eight and up told through the eyes of the animals that survived whatever world shattering event happened when humans didn’t.

Casseomae is an old bear living in a meadow alone away from the rest of her brethren. She was considere
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Barb Middleton
A well-known fact in the Forest is that humans no longer exist because the wolves killed them off in the great Rising. When a starship crashes and a toddler gets off the plane no one can believe it and the coyotes who stumble first on the scene decide to kill the small boy. Mama bear, Casseomae, sees the altercation and protects the boy hatching a plan to adopt him for all her cubs have all died. She reasons that she can teach the boy the ways of the Forest; however, the presence of the boy ...more
Precious
Jun 10, 2012 Precious rated it it was amazing
4.5

Originally posted at Fragments of Life.

Humans were erased from the surface of the planet. According to the wolves, their ancestors killed the humans but according to the wise rats, they died from a lethal disease. The animals referred to them as the ‘Skinless Ones’ or the ‘Old Devils.’ They were relieved to have the Skinless Ones gone. Their absence meant that no one would hunt and kill them anymore. With the humans gone, the Ogeema, along with his wolves, dominated the forest.

The point of vi
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Shanshad Whelan
Mar 29, 2012 Shanshad Whelan rated it really liked it
Humanity's end days have come and gone. The animals have taken over (particularly the wolves). A complex society of thinking creatures appears to have set itself up in the forests and cities. One such creature is Casseomae, a cubless old bear who lives on the fringes, outcast and ostracized. And then everything changes when a spaceship crashlands in the forest with a single surviving occupant: a human child. Only to the denizens of the forest, this is a Skinless One, an Old Devil: a thing of ...more
Andrew Neal
Jul 02, 2012 Andrew Neal rated it really liked it
While I'm burned out on kids' post-apocalyptic fiction, I wanted to read this as soon as I heard about it because I liked Bemis's Clockwork Dark books and because there's a bear on the cover. My favorite post-apocalypse book as a kid was Hiero's Journey ( http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ) which is - hey! a post-apocalyptic novel with a bear on the cover, so I felt a sense of... I don't know? nostalgia?

This is a good kids' book. The main characters are animals who live on earth long afte
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Tara Hall
Dec 10, 2011 Tara Hall rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Middle Grade boys, Animal lovers
When I heard "Dystopian Jungle Book," I was determined to read this book, and very lucky to grab an ARC of it. Luckily the story lived completely up to that description.

Sometimes animal narration can be strange, such as in the Warrior series, which really didn't work for me. Especially in children's books, they can either be too foreign to relate to or too anthropomorphic to be believable. Bemis manages to meet in the middle and create a character I adored in Casseomae. Cass is kind, protective
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Gina (My Precious Blog)
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The Prince Who Fell From the Sky
BY JOHN CLAUDE BEMIS


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Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2012)
Length: 272 pages, Hardcover
Format: E-Arc, Kindle
Source: NetGalley.com
Genre: Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic
Series: No
Completed: May 2012
Challenges: 2012 E-Book Challenge, 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge,


SUMMARY


When a young boy's space craft crashes into the Earth, he is the lone survivor. Too young
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Amy
May 31, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared here at Tripping Over Books.


I’ve been intrigued by the premise of John Claude Bemis‘s book, THE PRINCE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY since I first heard of it in the fall. A post-apocalyptic Jungle Book? You can’t tell me that that doesn’t sound solid. Because to me, it sounds awesome. And for the most part, THE PRINCE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY was what I hoped for: clever, adventurous, different, a little heart-warming, and fast-paced. In some ways it wasn’t quite what I hop
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Carina Olsen
Aug 27, 2012 Carina Olsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pre-ordered this book a few months before it came out. I wanted it the moment I saw the cover. Because the cover is special and unique, and so gorgeous. I knew I would like the book. Then today, more than three months since I got the book, I finally decided to read it. Well, okay, I decided to read it because I have watched a whole lot of Anime movies these past days. And I wanted to read, yet I haven't read a book in two weeks. Then I noticed this. And I needed to read it. And suddenly I had ...more
Emily (Book Jems)
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3.5/5 Stars

The Prince Who Fell from the Sky is a great novel for children and adults alike. I don't read a lot of children's books. This was the first middle-grade that I've read this year and I'm glad I read it. I think that a lot of adults will enjoy it as well!

This was a cute story that I would definitely read to my children. It's sweet and much different than anything I've ever read, in a good way. It's entertaining and light-hearted, definitely something that
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed here.

As you may know by now, I don't generally read book blurbs before starting books. I saw the tag dystopia and requested this immediately without knowing pretty much anything. Despite the bear on the cover, I was still really confused when I started reading and it was a bunch of bears talking to one another. Very strange.

In a dystopian world where humans are thought to have died out, the animals have gone all Animal Farm. Wolves are the rulers of this landscape, controllin
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Tom Franklin
May 31, 2012 Tom Franklin rated it it was amazing
In "The Prince Who Fell from the Sky", author John Claude Bemis has written a post-apocalyptic, buddy/road* story that combines Nature, post-apocalyptic creation stories, sacrifice, and the importance of passing down oral history, while questioning what it means to be wild, free, and human/animal. If that's not enough, he does it all extremely well.

His characters, a cub-less mother bear, a rat, a one-eared dog, could have easily turned this story into another Incredible Journey knock-off. Thankf
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Sandra Stiles
Feb 15, 2015 Sandra Stiles rated it really liked it
This is one author who has that magical touch that allows his animals to become somewhat human. In a world where the humans are supposedly extinct, a bear and rat find themselves protecting a child who fell from the sky. When a flying craft crashes in the forest, Dumpster, a rat and Casseomae find themselves the protector of the only survivor, a young boy. The animals of the forest call humans the “skinless ones”. As you read you realize they have many prejudices against humans based on what ...more
Jennifer
Feb 23, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, netgalley
I'm not going to lie, I'm actually a tiny bit surprised at how much I liked this book. I happen to love books that are from animals points of views, they're just fun to read. Since this is a Middle Grade novel it's a nice, quick read, but very enjoyable!

I think what I like most about this story is that it brings together four of the most unlikely companions for a journey to take the child, that fell out of the sky, some where safe so that he won't be hunted by the wolves and killed for what he
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Terry Costantini
May 08, 2016 Terry Costantini rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, but I did not love it. I read this with my Intermediate students, and the story moved along in a reasonably entertaining way, but what was missed was the opportunity we usually have for deep discussion. I do not think that it was the author's fault by the way, I just feel the book may have been slightly too "junior" for my group.
The book takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that is run by the forest animals. There is tension between the factions, especially when a
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Jessica
Jan 05, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Appeal Characteristics post apocalyptic, animals, human settlement, bears, rats, dogs, wolves, etc, journey, friendship, sorta "bio punk"


OMG. This is like "Homeward Bound" set in the 25th century. The premise is the earth is inhabited by animals (all the humans have left...have gone for a LONG time...also referred to as "Skin-less ones) Anyway, the animals that "rule" the world are the wolves. (I could go into the anime Wolf's Rain...but I wont be THAT nerdy) ANYWAY! This child-less bear finds a
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Stven
Apr 18, 2016 Stven rated it it was ok
Recommended to Stven by: Mark David Smith
Competent prose which constantly left me with the sense that the writer was holding back so as to be sure his tent was pitched well within the boundaries of juvenile fiction. The characters are one-note. The conflict is single-minded, basically a long chase scene. This is not necessarily a bad thing for juvenile readers -- I remember how much I enjoyed Marguerite Henry's books about horses when I was 8 -- but it's not necessarily the best thing, either.

The pivotal figure in the story is the chil
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Melissa Sodano
Jun 11, 2012 Melissa Sodano rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Although it took me a little while to warm up to this one, it ultimately proved to be a wonderful fantasy story...post-apocalypse for children, in fact. An outcast bear, Casseomae and her precocious rat companion, Dumpster find a "skinless cub", a.k.a. a human child. All forest animals have believed the skinless to be extinct, and rightfully so, as they terrorized all other living things. Yet, Casseomae, unable to have ever raised her own cubs, insists on adopting the skinless cub as her own, ...more
katsok
May 13, 2012 katsok rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-releases
Love this one and have gone back and fourth between four and five stars.

From my blog: The Prince Who Fell From the Sky by John Claude Bemis was a wonderful surprise. I will be reviewing this one in more detail the week it comes out but let me share this. The story takes place in the future. People, or “Skinless Ones”, seem to have left earth. The forest is home to many animals, including Casseomae. The wolves are in charge but Casseomae lives happily, alone. She longs to be a mother but her cub
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Erin
Aug 29, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
I had a really divided reaction to this one--I absolutely loved the concept, and I loved the _idea_ of telling it from the animals' point of view.

In practice, though, I felt like having a tight third-person POV focus on Cassomae as the main character made it harder for me to connect with story emotionally, since she's such a stoic, stolid person, er, bear.

For a book that seems to be a standalone (i.e. there's no mention of it being part of a series) the ending was really open and unresolved, w
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Kim Aippersbach
Jul 31, 2014 Kim Aippersbach rated it really liked it
Nuanced and believable, with great character interactions. The animal characters are brilliantly drawn. Casseomae's quest to find a place her adopted cub can be safe is a fascinating journey through a convincing world. Bemis does have a message to convey, but he is subtle and thoughtful about it. There is no easy right and wrong; there are only the choices each character makes based on what they value most.

This was a fun read with humour and adventure that was also deeply moving and beautiful.

Fu
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The Styling Librarian
I cannot figure out why this book was in my radar and on my TBR pile beyond that it was a new release/post-apocolyptic setting... I found the setting fascinating and the animal perspective interesting as well. Loved the fierce love and steadfast caring that Casseomae had for the human cub. BUT I found myself slowed down, confused, and thrown by the same thing I found interesting- the setting. I could not picture the character's movements and I became confused with words thrown in at times ...more
Gemma Smith
Jul 06, 2013 Gemma Smith rated it really liked it
I love the original ideas in this book, having a world run from the point of view of animals? Definitely a fresh perspective. The characters are adorably charming and the odd band of rat, bear, dog is awesome!
My only possible critique would be the ending, i didn't feel like it gave me total closure for the book. ( You know, that feeling of when you finish a book and you just feel like it feels finished)

That being said, i think my opinion on the ending is probably totally subjective and others
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Kiersten
Dec 19, 2012 Kiersten rated it really liked it
Great children's book for both genders. It took me a while to sort through the jargon/labels but the author does eventually get you there. Curs are domestic dogs. Viands are prey (rabbits, deers). The characters are appropriately complex and make for interesting relationships. Action is laced through the whole book so kids won't nod off...I'd even say it was a page-turner. I especially loved the fresh perspectives that the animals gave us on humans. Dumpster, the rat, proudly boasts that he is ...more
Brian
Aug 18, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it
This is a delightful post-apocalyptic novel for the 4-6th grade crowd. It's got a great mixture of tension, heroics, and anxiety, and the characters, particularly Casseomae the bear, are engaging and very personable. Dumpster the rat is hilarious, though he could make a sailor blush with his language, but he'll keep the kids laughing and wanting more. Like few other post-apocalyptic novels, this one is based on hope...for all those who are lonely and silently suffering under oppression. Well ...more
Dana
Jul 06, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dystopian
This is the latest from a local author here. He finished up his trilogy last year and this is a new stand alone work of fiction. The premise is there was some event that we are led to believe wiped out humanity. The whole story is told from the animals perspective, so when a human boy crash lands in a forest, the animals have very different ideas of humans, ie wolves see us as a threat, dogs see us as companions, etc. So, this is about a few animals that take it upon themselves to get him to ...more
Tom
Oct 02, 2012 Tom rated it liked it
I've already forgotten some of what I didn't like about this book. Some things seemed obviously inspired by "The World Without Us" (even though I've never read or seen it), and the author stated as much in after discussion. Some stuff seemed a bit off base, too.

That said, lots of good here, too. Loved that not _all_ animals could talk to each other, and he never cheated over to the human boy's point of view, either. That was great.

Overall, an engaging read. (And I do like The Jungle Book. I have
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Andria
May 24, 2014 Andria rated it liked it
This was an interesting well written book that has a place in the book world but did not grab me. It would take a well read fifth grader or older to understand the subtle weaving a of the real story, post apocalyptic world that humans tried to destroy with animals set against them for all they have done...most children would just take this at face value, an animal story where they go on an adventure to restore the human to his world. The story did not grab me and the exciting parts were not ...more
Terryann
Dec 04, 2011 Terryann rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, advanced-copy, nook
it took me a while to get into this book and i might have put it down, but i didn't have anything else to read with me at the time. i ended up being glad i stuck with it. the author lists sources like kipling and post apocolyptic fiction and you can definately see the influences. this would make a good classroom read for 3-5 gr. with some interesting discussion topics like conservation and such.
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I’ve always been fascinated by trains. My grandfather hopped trains all over the country in his “hobo days” and filled my head with curious stories of America’s lost past. Those stories, I suppose, were the beginnings of my first novel, The Nine Pound Hammer.

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