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

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,611 Ratings  ·  335 Reviews
Determined to become a beauty, raised to be a queen, young Helen of Sparta refuses to be left behind when her older brothers enlist in the quest for the Golden Fleece—why should boys get to have all the fun? Accompanied by her friend, the ex-slave Milo, and disguised as a boy herself, Helen sets out to join the crew of heroes aboard the fabled ship the Argo.

Helen soon face
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Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Random House (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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Katherine
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.
Danielle
Apr 27, 2008 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Penwiper
Apr 23, 2010 Penwiper rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Erin
Oct 05, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"
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Clodia Publius
Mar 29, 2012 Clodia Publius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa Dwyer
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
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Erika
Jan 21, 2016 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who's a bit fascinated of the Greek mythology. Otherwise, none!
Shelves: 2009
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Jessica
Oct 25, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Gretchen S.
NOBODY’S PRIZE
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
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Julie
Jun 21, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Nobody's Princess
Recommended to Julie by: I read Nobody's Princess
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Lauren
Mar 17, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brillare
Jan 20, 2009 Brillare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Isabelle Ley
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
Alicia
Oct 03, 2010 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kate
Jun 22, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lauren
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.
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
I still liked it, but it took me longer to get into than Nobody's Princess and didn't keep me as captivated.
Jennifer
Jan 15, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I think the book could have had a better ending. But reading the authors note at the end was insightful.
Amy
Sep 02, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some off references to gay relationships between teen boys and grown men and a story that was lackluster.
Heather
May 09, 2008 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly I read this just to finish the series. It wasn't as good as I was hoping.
Irene
Jul 31, 2015 Irene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it <3
Dydionline
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Corrin
Jun 11, 2015 Corrin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ioana
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAHD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! ONCE AND ONLY WARNING!

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
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Natalie
What a terrible ending. It didn't even feel finished. Making a retelling about Helen of Troy is great idea, it's just that the author did not tell it very well. The first book was slightly more interesting, but this one was completely awful and boring.

Caution: spoilers

First of all, I didn't understand Hylas. His death was so...laughable. Like, okay, so he just fell off a cliff and died and nobody cared? Oh well, he's dead, too bad, so sad. One minute him and Helen were talking, then Herakles com
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Brianna
Sep 22, 2014 Brianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the story Nobody's Prize written by Esther Friesner. Glaucus otherwise know as Lady Helen, the main character runs away from her hometown to join the quest of the Golden Fleece. Lady Helen sets of on her trek with Milo her best friend to sneak on to the Argo. Their only problem is Glaucus's brothers are on the ship and if they find out she came she will be sent back to her hometown. Glaucus says " then they're fools I wouldn't waste my breathe on them." ( Friesner 17 ) Lady Helen is a very a ...more
Ponytaorponyboy
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Priyanka
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up (7th grade+)

A satisfying but somewhat crude sequel to Nobody's Princess. There are some jokes that I felt were inappropriate. A little disappointing in the beginning of the book but it gets better from there.

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Helen of Sparta is back. Her brothers have accepted her as an equal but that is not enough. She also wants to prove to everyone else
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Jordin (A Bottomless Book Bag)
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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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