Grades 4-9. RL 720. Great choice for fans of medieval-ish fantasy. When the royal family is murdered, a struggle to replace the king ensues. One of the Lords scours orphanages to find a boy that resembles a former prince lost at sea. Three boys compete with each other to see who will be presented as the false prince. The losers? Death. They have three weeks to learn reading, manners, horseback riding and swordplay.