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The Princess Plot (Scandia #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,204 Ratings  ·  267 Reviews
A movie about a princess is to be made. When auditions take place, Jenna is astounded to be chosen over her more talented friends. Curiously, even her strict mother gives her permission for Jenna to fly off to begin filming in the small, romantic kingdom of Scandia. Soon Jenna discovers things aren't what they seem.
Paperback, 422 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Chicken House (first published May 1st 2005)
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Jul 02, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
This is a fun book. Lots of action, suspense and intrigue. I've tried to get some of the kids to read it at school but I think they were put off by the pink cover. I was afraid it would be just a 'girly' book and I wasn't really in the mood for one but wanted to read it so I could booktalk it when school starts again. I was really surprised at how much fun it was. It isn't a 'girly' book at all. I hope they change the cover because both girls and guys would like this book.
Maryam AlNasser
Jul 24, 2014 Maryam AlNasser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf, 2014
I've had this book on my bookshelf for years, and since I recently picked up its sequel, I though it was about rime for me to read it. The first thing I noticed straight away is that it's for a younger age group. Not middle grade. The awkward age in between. The age where people would actually use omg and bff in real life. So that kinda put me off, but I continued reading. Some parts are a little bit predictable, but some parts weren't. This may have started like a 'omg-im-so-cool' pre-teen stor ...more
My first comment about this book is that it is an unusual story. I picked it up for my library at a recent book fair and it has a pretty steady circulation; not hot, but definitely not dusty either. Both the book and the blurb are attractive: pink and princessey with a pirate-looking skull; a young girl wins a dream movie role and is catapulted into real danger.

For the most part, I would say that the story lives up to this expectation, especially if that expectation is from young dreamy-eyed gi
Miss Clark
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3 stars..ish...
The cover of this book was too delicious to pass up. Yummy pink with sparkles and a skull and cross bones to make it look bad ass, and though the cover is delicious like a cotton candy cupcake at Crumbs, the book is just ok like a smaller vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting... which many people like because its comfortable. Much like this book.

The story goes that Jenna, daughter of an over protective mother who is an etiquette teacher for a living (really, does anyone actually d
Jennifer Wardrip
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Jenna and her friend get invited to audition for a movie about a princess. Little does Jenna know, it's not actually for a movie.

Without telling her overprotective mother, she auditions. She makes it to the final round, not believing that she's been singled out and chosen above all the other girls in her town.

But instead of filming a movie, they take her out of the country to fill in for a real princess during her salute to the crowd during her bir
Mar 09, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 5-8
Recommended to Sarah by: 5/6 list
Jenna is tired of her mother always being so overprotective, so when the chance comes along for her to audition for a part in a movie, she decides to go for it without telling her. All of Jenna’s friends are auditioning; why shouldn’t she?

The movie people tell her that the role for which they are casting is the part of a princess. Jenna doesn’t think that she’s very princess-like, so she can’t believe it when they tell her that she got the part! She can’t believe that they didn’t even have her
Mar 03, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
Super fun book! Listened to most of it on a play-a-way on our trecherous road trip over Thanksgiving (10 hours in a snow storm to get to 5 hours away location--and that was only part way to our goal). The play-a-way died on chapter 22 leaving a van full of very disappointed listeners. Once I checked out the library book, the 14 yr. old boy and two 11 year old boys fought over who got to finish the book first!

Even though the main character is girl and the cover is pink--this book is full of adve
Oct 09, 2014 G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!!!!! It was so suspenseful all the way through. I found this book in a box of books that our friends had given us before they moved house. AMAZING! The whole book was really detailed but not boring at all. I loved the characters and how the book only gave away small clues until the final "punch" at the end. Well done Kirsten Boie!!!
Noelle H
This was a great book. It definitely kept me guessing. It was as longer book, so it had more details in it. It was fun to read. During the ending of the book, I couldn’t stop reading it. I usually don’t read during the weekends, but I couldn’t help myself. I didn’t know what was going to happen. It’s one of those books where when the character is confused and doesn’t know much, you’re confused and you don’t know much. In the middle of the book a lot is revealed, but it’s only until the ending of ...more
S- Possibly the most confusing book I have ever read. "The Princess Plot" tells the story of a mssing princess adnd a young, similar looking girl who is taken awaky by officials to serve as a replacement while the princess is being relocated. Sounds like a great tale, I know. But let me tell you, this book is anything but that. "The Princess Plot" skips to conversations where you have no idea who the people are and what they're talking about. Half of the things they are saying are boring and unn ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Janell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to have a good attitude about this book. But for the most part, it was extremely predicable and the characters were ridiculous. I understand that it's for junior fiction, but even younger kids are going to see the transparency of what was going on. And then there were random phrases and words mixed in that young kids would NOT understand. So it really didn't work much for me.
This book was really kind of weird. It had the whole princess and the pauper thing, but weirder. Maybe the whole book felt so weird because it was originally written in Polish or something. It felt really old fashioned, but eveyrone had cellphones. weird? Oh yeah.
Jun 11, 2014 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title is apt, but the cover art and the synopsis/blurbs provided are very misleading -

this was surprisingly more well-written than I was expecting (I was expecting something much lighter/fluffier).

I like it. While the protagonist may not have been the brightest ... even a doormat at times - I like the subplots and the issue of racism, and how it was broached and explained, all the subtleties of the media and the slow spreading of propaganda, and the realities of different sides. It was also
Faith Campos
May 25, 2014 Faith Campos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The title of the book is “The Princess Plot,” and this book was written by Kirsten Boie. The genre of the book is fiction and has some mystery to it.
The main character of the book is named Jenna. She’s just a normal girl or so she thinks. Jenna was asked to play the role of a princess in a play and all of a sudden she’s taken to a real kingdom for the “shoot.” The first thing she realizes is that she’s a total resemblance of the real princess
Mar 01, 2011 Bridget rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a streach for everything to stick together, but overall a great story. BTW, don't let the cover full you! :)
Alex Murphy
Dec 02, 2015 Alex Murphy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty bad. If I had paid full price for this I would have been upset. As it is paying half price for it was too much in my estimation. I will be getting rid of my copy of this book.

A girl who has a super controlling mother goes to a movie audition. She doesn’t do anything except stand there and she’s picked for the part!! She doesn’t question this. Nor does she question the people auditioning her and their need to confiscate her cell phone for like three hours. She also doesn’t q
Jun 14, 2015 Astrid rated it liked it
I have to start off by praising this book's plot. Even towards the end of the book , the author managed to keep some things well-hidden, which led to suspense and a few surprises. I thought some of the scenes with Jenna's friend back home were unnecessary. For such a good book the ending was a bit of a let down, although the characters were very well illustrated. Kirsten Boie has made a very good job of the translation and I liked the aspect of Jenna not knowing who to side with. A good book ove ...more
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LOved it. Future readers it is not the sappy type of book.
May 30, 2015 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really intense. At first, the book was slow and the mom was not helping. Then I got to the eighth chapter or something, stuff started happening. The whole story made me want to read the next book. The story was about a girl who doesn't know why her mother was always so mean and wouldn't let her do anything. Until people come and tell the girl that she could be a movie star and cover for the princess of Scandia and soon finds out who her father is, why her mother was so mean and wha ...more
Jun 10, 2009 Oliviafeldman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
best book ever! Must read
Feb 04, 2016 Chazzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, mystery
Movie people have come to town and are holding an audition for the starring role in a new movie! Jenna's BF Bea is trying out and gets Jenna to tag along and try out too. Jenna's over protective mom won't know as she will be at work. Jenna figures why not, as she won't win the role since she is not tall, thin, blonde and blue eyed. But that is not how it goes.

Jenna finds herself whisked off to a romantic and distant kingdom to star as a princess in a movie! But it turns out that she is a stand-i
The book was about a girl named Jenna. One day Jenna goes to an audition to become a movie star. She gets picked and goes to a different country. Jenna has to impersonate the princess. She gets in trouble and gets kidnapped. Then she goes on a long quest to find the lost king.
I liked that the story was long and interesting. My favorite part was when Jenna gets kidnapped by the rebels. And they take her into the forest. There, Jenna begins to like the rebels and does not even try to run back t
Jun 16, 2013 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked The Princess Plot up at a local thrift store because the cover caught my attention. The plot sounded cute so I thought I would give it a try.

The Princess Plot is about a girl named Jenna who is given the opportunity of a lifetime when chosen to star in a movie about a teen princess. Little does she know, she is a part in a much larger plot in a country divided by civil war.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While it started like a book for young girls, the plot became deeper with twists at
May 29, 2012 Betsy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Jenna has never really been allowed to have fun because her mother was always very protective of her. She also never told Jenna much about her family. But one day, Jenna decides to defy her mother and goes on a casting call for a chance to be in a movie. Out of tons of girls in town, and much to her surprise, Jenna is picked and whisked off to the country of Scandia before she has a chance to tell anyone her good luck.

But things start to get weird when Jenna is asked to dress up and pretend to b
May 18, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, German’s children’s book are a head trip. Over the years, I’ve read a handful of children’s books originally published in German and translated into English, and all of them are much darker and more sinister than their English counterparts. Oh, and on that note: This may be the worst title and cover design ever for a book that’s pretty dark and sinister in its own right. A bright-pink cover with a whimsical name like The Princess Plot may sound like bubblegum fiction – and this book may hav ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Inga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Rezension zum Hörspiel:

Der etwa 400 Seiten starke Jugendroman von Kirsten Boie wird hier kompakt in Form eines Hörspiels erzählt. Jarven wird bei einem Pseudofilmcasting dazu "ausgewählt", die Prinzessin Malena von Skogland zu doublen, die nach dem Tod ihres Vaters plötzlich verschwunden ist, von ihrem Onkel, dem Vizekönig, aber dafür gebraucht wird, ein Gesetz zu verabschieden, dass die Bewohner eines Landesteils unterdrücken soll. Natürlich lässt sich Jarven nicht lange täuschen und findet nac
Oct 29, 2009 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This German import, translated by David Henry Wilson, takes readers on surprising twists and turns. It starts of when Jenna and her best friend Bea decide to audition for a movie after seeing an announcement for the tryouts. She know that her mother wouldn't want her to do it because it is not the proper thing, but Bea talks Jenna into going anyway.

When they arrive, they learn that they are trying out for the role of a princess in a story. Jenna is surprised to find herself chosen as the leading
Zoe Nightshade
Oct 01, 2013 Zoe Nightshade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It starts off as an innocent project of a family tree to being a "role in a movie" that leads to uncovering her true family.

In Scandia, the princess goes missing. They go on a search for the princess's look alike cousin by hosting a fake movie casting. Mysteriously,when Jenna shows her face there, the movie casters got all giddy. Not being the perfect girl, Jenna has suspicions on why they picked her, but asks no questions, considering this is chance to get away from her strict, over-protective
Oct 08, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When I first read this book, I had no idea that it was originally a German bestseller. Yes, I'm a tad ignorant.

In The Princess Plot, a young girl named Jenna wins a starring role in a princess movie against all odds, but mysterious things begin to happen when she arrives at the filming location in the foreign country of Scandia.

Boie did a great job with creating the country of Scandia. Every country has its pro
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Kirsten Boie was born in Hamburg in 1950. She studied German and English literature and wrote a doctoral thesis on a topic in the field of literary research. She worked as a secondary school teacher in Hamburg from 1978 until 1983. When she adopted a child she had to stop teaching and began to write. Her first book "Paule ist ein Glücksgriff" (1985) was very well received and won several awards.

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