Nobody's Prize (Nobody's Princess, #2)
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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...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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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.
Apr 27, 2008 Danielle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Clodia Publius
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
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Jul 01, 2009 Erika rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone who's a bit fascinated of the Greek mythology. Otherwise, none!
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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...more
Gretchen S.
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...more
Jun 21, 2010 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
Jan 20, 2009 Brillare rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: YA who like action-y, girlpower-y books
Recommended to Brillare by: Don't remember
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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...more
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...more
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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.
Some off references to gay relationships between teen boys and grown men and a story that was lackluster.
Mostly I read this just to finish the series. It wasn't as good as I was hoping.
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Deborah Andreasen
Princess Helen of Sparta manages to make her way aboard The Argo, with the help of her best friend Milo, disguised as a boy and hiding from her older brothers - who are also aboard the legendary ship. She forges new friendships, falls in love, discovers Hercules has fallen in love with her (as a boy), and suffers painful tragedies. Along the way she discovers one painful truth: people aren't always what they seem.

Nobody's Prize is not a particularly long book, but there is so much action packed...more
Synopsis: "Her older brothers think that the quest for the Golden Fleece is man's work, but not Helen of Sparta. In this sequel to Nobody's Princess, this pretty adventurer disguises herself as a boy and, accompanied by her faithful friend Milo, sets off on the Argo. Keeping her real identity secret on a long sea voyage is no simple matter, but that is only one complication that the future queen of Sparta must confront."

My Review: A great follow up to Nobody's Princess. A fast moving story line,...more
Whereas Nobody's Princess seemed to have fun with the idea of myth and with (re)creating Helen of Troy's backstory, Nobody's Prize struggles to find a coherent and gripping narrative. Friesner becomes too constrained by the events of Greek myth and her Helen falls flat in this sequel--her journey feels less like a development of an intriguing character and more like an episodic series of events loosely built around the people/places of other myths (those myths commonly don't feature Helen, and p...more
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...more
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,...more
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
Nobody's Prize was a fun, clever read that I enjoyed a whole lot better than Nobody's Princess. The characters were more developed, there was more action and surprise, and even more history. I almost felt like the first book was written only to lead up to this one.

Helen of Sparta is wittier than ever. She sneaks aboard the Argo, a boat on an expedition led by legendary character Jason to find the Golden Fleece. Helen is disguised as a boy, and is accompanied by her friend Milo. The first half o...more
I wanted to read this book as soon as I finished Nobody's Princess. I started this book with such zeal that I thought that I would miss something in my rapid engulfing. In the end, I found this book to be pretty good. Not as good as the prequel because the plot had too many ups and downs, but still decent. I liked all the new characters thrown in, especially Medea. She may be crazy, but she was entertaining to read. I got bored when Helen reached Athens. That part dragged on for way too long and...more
This is book is a story about Princess Helen and her friend Milo disguested as boys to follow Prince Jason to his quest for the Golden Fleece. Helen's male name is Glacus, and she refuses to be called Princess Helen ever again during the quest. Helen wanted to join the quest because she didn't want her brothers to have all the fun, but before they get on the ship, the Argo they have to get pass all the other males but it isn't that easy. Sometimes you need to fight to get on or even acted stupid...more
The adventures of Helen of Troy continue with the second novel in a new series by Esther Friesner. And Helen may be getting more than what she's bargained for.

Helen has decided to secretly join her brothers in the quest for the golden fleece. It won't be easy, especially since girls don't go on such voyages. However, Helen has decided to disguise herself as a boy, which will work so long as she can hold out on "becoming a woman". She also has to keep away from her brothers for as long as possibl...more
I gave this book a five star because it's adventures and amazing and something you got to read!

"People of Sparta, I give you our Queen Helen!" in Nobody's Prize we continue our journey with Helen as she and Milo go aboard the Argo, where Helen meets an old friend that reconized her when she was dressed up as a boy. He then takes Helen-sorry, "Glacues"-and Milo as his slaves. There a boy appears who is also a slave and Helen almost falls heads over knees for him! They also lose friends on the way...more
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...more
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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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