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

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,899 ratings  ·  307 reviews
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
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published April 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
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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
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
Gretchen S.
Esther Friesner
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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
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
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
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
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
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.


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

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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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
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.
Jules Goud
Helen was going to find the golden fleece. I was ready for an epic journey.

That didn't happen.

The journey was really them on a boat. They run around. They get off the boat. Sleep. Get back on the boat. Repeat. I wanted something that would make the journey epic. Yes, there was some butt-kicking, but there wasn't really an element that set this quest apart.

Helen didn't really change over this series. She is still super smart and she still kicks some people's butts.

I don't know. This series wasn't
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
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,
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
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,
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
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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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