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Nobody's Prize (Nobody's Princess #2)

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In this rousing sequel to Nobody’s Princess, young Helen of Sparta is not about to be left behind when her older brothers head off to join the quest for the Golden Fleece. Accompanied by her friend Milo, and disguised as a boy herself, Helen sets out to join the crew of heroes aboard the massive ship known as The Argo.

Helen quickly faces all sorts of danger. There are bat
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2008)
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Kat Nobody's Princess is #1 in the short series but both can be read individually because not many story elements carry over.
Kat Yes, just the two. Esther M. Friesner usually only does short series with two volumes.
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Jun 26, 2008 Katherine rated it it was ok
While a satisfying conclusion to "Nobody's Princess", I was highly disappointed in this book. "Nobody's Princess" was something that I would let my second graders read and was still something enjoyable for me. This sequel, however, was too crude. When Helen was dressed like a boy, there were pages of jokes and comments on homosexuality. When she was dressed like a girl there were jokes and comments on sexuality in general. Instead of writing a powerful novel, the author took the easy way out.
Dec 28, 2007 Danielle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Myth Lovers
Shelves: fiction
As far as sequels go Nobody's Prize was average. It didn't wow me or make me go, oh my gosh that was amazing! Actually, it made me mad! The author completely and one hundred percent sets up the ending for a third book; yet chances are very slim that there will be one!

Nobody's Prize continued where Nobody's Princess left off. Helen and Milo travel from Delphi, following the trail of Helen's brothers and the other warriors set to join the quest for the golden fleece. On the way they run into a few
Apr 23, 2010 Penwiper rated it did not like it
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Oct 04, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erin by: Goodreads
I'd be queen of Sparta one day. I'd marry because it would be my duty to have children and provide the land with its next ruler. If I was lucky, I'd choose my husband wisely and we'd love one another. But between" You must do this because you're a princess" and " You must never do that because you're a girl," there was no time left for "Do what you like,because you're Helen." This quest,this adventure might be my only chance to see what it meant to be myself.

In the sequel to "Nobody's Princess"
Clodia Publius
Mar 02, 2012 Clodia Publius rated it it was amazing
In the exciting adventure of Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner, Lady Helen of Sparta travels in disguise alongside her brothers, friends, and strangers to help Prince Jason acquire the Golden Fleece. Lady Helen, the brave, enthusiastic, and fearless person she is, she sneaks aboard the Argo with her noble, shy, and obedient friend, Milo. Traveling by boat, around their world, they encounter friends, fatal battles, family reunions, and new brotherhoods. This book showed a less glamorous side of ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
hmmm. no better than the first one, really. plot and characters are decent, but not really anything special. writing style is a bit annoying, w/all the random italics.

when i want to catch up on my greek mythology i'll just read percy jackson though, thank you very much. XD
Jun 21, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Nobody's Princess
Recommended to Julie by: I read Nobody's Princess
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Oct 06, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Helen of Sparta is the main character in this story. As you can tell she is the princess of Sparta, a city-state in ancient Greece. Her favorite goddess is Aphrodite. Helen wants more out of life. She can't do all of the things that a girl is supposed to do. For example, she can't weave without tangling the wool.

Helen wants more out of life. In this book, she's aboard the Argo with Milo, the slave she bought the freedom of, Prince Jason, her brothers, and many more 'heroes'. She wants to join t
Jun 05, 2009 Erika rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who's a bit fascinated of the Greek mythology. Otherwise, none!
Shelves: 2009
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Gretchen S.
May 22, 2013 Gretchen S. rated it it was amazing
Esther Friesner
Fiction Fantasy
302 pages

This book is a sequel to NOBODY’S PRINCESS which is about Helen of Sparta who goes off on some wild adventures. This book takes you along on the Argo, the ship she was on. Helen, again, disguises herself as a boy. Helen now known as Glaucus is traveling along on the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece. While camped the most unlikely thing happens to “Glaucus.” She gets her first womanhood calling. Now that everyone on the ship knows Glaucus is
Melissa Dwyer
Aug 13, 2015 Melissa Dwyer rated it liked it
Originally rated G by Lori Hoag
Sequel to Nobody’s Princess, Helen of Sparta disguises herself as a boy and takes ship on the Argo, captained by Jason and filled with the Argonauts, on their quest to take the Golden Fleece.

Based on characters from Greek myths and the Iliad, Friesner develops the characters of Helen and Milo, the ex-slave that she freed in the prior novel. Helen’s search for identity in a male-dominated world make her a sympathetic character, but I was struck with another message
Feb 18, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it
The sequel to Nobody's Princess, this book continues the backstory of Helen of Sparta (not Troy! not yet, anyway) as imagined by Ms. Friesner. It took me a while to get through this one but it was worth it at the end, although it did come to an end rather quickly. I think my main gripe with this book is that Helen is pretty annoying for a lot of the book--spoiled rich girl, maybe? But seeing Helen come to realize the effect her actions had on others was satisfying. And hearing about other famous ...more
Isabelle Ley
May 24, 2015 Isabelle Ley rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenge, a-z-2016
I didn't really like this book. I didn't like Helen, and I especially didn't like how Esther Friesner changed the myths. There was a section in the back of the book titled 'She can't do that to the myths' where I thought it would answer some of my questions about why she took the magic out of the myths. No, it was about how she changed them a little to fit her story. She can change the myths, and I have no issues with that, but when she takes all the wonder out of them, I do. This book was more ...more
Feb 05, 2008 Brillare rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA who like action-y, girlpower-y books
Recommended to Brillare by: Don't remember
Shelves: read-in-2009
While not as good as the first book, this was still pretty great. It was hard to put down and very exciting. Helen is delightfully sassy, if a bit foolish at times.

I thought it was a bit crude, and I didn't so much like the epilogue. Oh, and they talked a lot about 'becoming a woman', and it wasn't bad, but it was a bit awkward. :P

There were some other things I didn't like about it, but they're harder to pick out. I think that one of my problems with it was that the characters seemed kind of fl
Oct 03, 2010 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I enjoyed the second in Friesner's series about Helen of Troy and her adventures with Jason on his quest for the Golden Fleece. For kids not easily interested in mythology, this is an easy parlay into it.

I love that Helen masqueraded as a boy and always got caught, but was so darn smart all of the time, that she was able to get away with it. Although by the end, it got a tad cliche. Yet, her trials and tribulations along with different characters, situations, and settings, all create a fun, eas
Jun 22, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it
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Jul 29, 2008 Lauren rated it it was ok
Sequel to "Nobody's Princess". I didn't like this book as well as the first and I expected there to be more to the end of the story - like even a third book.
Aug 13, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it
Some off references to gay relationships between teen boys and grown men and a story that was lackluster.
Jan 08, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I think the book could have had a better ending. But reading the authors note at the end was insightful.
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Mar 15, 2008 Caitlín (Ink Mage) rated it liked it
Shelves: warrior-women, greek
I still liked it, but it took me longer to get into than Nobody's Princess and didn't keep me as captivated.
Jul 31, 2015 Irene rated it it was amazing
loved it <3
May 09, 2008 Heather rated it did not like it
Mostly I read this just to finish the series. It wasn't as good as I was hoping.
Jan 21, 2015 Ioana rated it it was ok

I only gave it two stars, (well technically 1.5 stars). I would have given it one if it wasn't for the Greek mythology, (I'm obsessed with it), and some interesting events that didn't occur. This was classified as YA and I believe it should have been middle grade. Some of the insults that Helen used were laughable and a few swear words may be the only reason by this is YA. I've read Sphinx Princess and it was better. I'm sure
Oct 04, 2014 Dydionline rated it liked it
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This had more of a definite storyline than Nobody's Princess, and it was every bit as good. Helen continues to be a good, properly strong female heroine without being obnoxious and always disparaging against the male gender. I have always been a fan of the myth of the Golden Fleece, so I found this installment particularly fun. Esther Friesner's rendition of Jason was well in keeping with how I always suspected me may be, and her Medea was astounding. She brought new and further life to an alrea ...more
Jul 23, 2008 Tasha rated it liked it
Helen of Sparta returns for yet another adventure. This time she disguises herself as a guy and along with her best friend Milo sets off to join the quest for the Golden Fleece. Aboard the Argo though Helen and Milo quickly run into trouble. Not only do they have to avoid Helen’s brother’s detection, but Helen also has to keep her feelings held back for the adorable guy on board. Then there is the fact that Hercules has fallen in love with Helen’s boy self, Milo’s becoming a tad jealous of Helen ...more
Aug 31, 2009 Krystle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, with this book I’ve finally read the entire duology about Helen. While I didn’t particularly love the first story, I found it an enjoyable read, so I picked this up. And in a word: disappointing. It just failed to attract me as much as the first one did.

I found the whole of the book pretty dull. Helen just goes through her adventures one after another and I didn’t feel any sort of suspense, rousing action, or connection for the most part with these characters. Despite what the premise said,
Apr 16, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
An interesting sequel to Nobody's Princess, however, instead of ending the series, I keep feeling as if something more should be happening. As if the story is not yet completed.

However, it was exciting to see how Esther had twisted mythologies into her own story - about Jason and him retrieving the Golden Fleece. I remember it being really popular and stuff so when Esther had incorporated that into her story, I was riveted.

And man, that Medea girl is one crazy-ass girl. She's so creepy but that
Nov 16, 2012 Katherine rated it really liked it
Title: Nobody's Prize
Author: Esther Friesner
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 306 pages
Date Finished: November 16, 2012

Nobody's Prize is about Helen, Princess of Sparta. When Helen's brothers, Castor and Polydeuces, go on a quest for the Golden Fleece, Helen wants to come along too. But since she is a girl, she can't. So Helen disguises herself as boy and she and Milo board the ship as Iolaus's weapons bearers. On the ship, Hercules and Hylas try to make Helen and Milo as comfortable as possible
May 11, 2013 Ponytaorponyboy rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
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Esther M. Friesner was educated at Vassar College, where she completed B.A's in both Spanish and Drama. She went to on to Yale University; within five years she was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish. She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full-time author of fantasy and science fiction. She has published twenty-seven novels so far; her most recent titles in ...more
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