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The Princelings of the East

(Princelings of the East #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The Princelings of the East is the first of a trilogy telling of the adventures of Fred and George.

When the King's Birthday feast is ruined by an unnatural power drain, our Princeling heroes leave their scientific experiments to set out in search of answers. They encounter the enigmatic businessman Hugo, the impressive Prince of Buckmore, the wise Lady Nimrod, the irrepres
ebook, 119 pages
Published December 7th 2011 by Princelings Publications (first published November 26th 2011)
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Jemima Pett
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
The only thing wrong with this story is that it isn't clear that the characters aren't human. It makes it a little puzzling for a reader to really get them clear in their imagination. Once you have that, you understand the odd references to certain activities and dining experiences. Think Moley and Ratty in Wind in the Willows, and you have a series of characters living a life of comfort when problems intrude and mysteries need to be solved. The twists and turns need some attention to keep up si ...more
Good story! I liked both the princelings, George and Fred! They remind me of Phineas and Ferb!
Fiona Ingram
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Princelings George and Fred leave the safe confines of their home, Castle Marsh, to investigate a mysterious and recurring Energy Drain that ruined their grandfather, King Cole's birthday feast (and led to a lot of good food being wasted too!). They must find the answers since this situation cannot go on forever. Soon, there might be no power left. Leaving the castle is easier than they imagined; in fact the very mention of how useful a tunnel would be is enough for a tunnel to obligingly appear ...more
Julie Grasso
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We follow Fred and George, Fred who is the thinker or Philosopher and George who is the Engineer, but the totally unique and endearing thing about these two totally lovable characters is that they are in fact Guinea Pigs. But not just your average guinea pigs that eat lettuce and live in a cage, they are Princelings and they live in a castle, contribute to its fine tuning and banter with the humans.

Fred and George remind me of an English cartoon that is currently showing on Australian televisio
What’s it About?

Meet Fred and George, the young princelings of the Castle in the Marsh, who just happen to be guinea pigs. Fred and George are enjoying the King’s Feast when they discover that the mysterious Energy Drain has struck again, ruining the elaborate meal. The two young princelings take matters into their own paws and head out determined to solve the mystery of what is draining energy in their kingdom as well as across the land.

As they head out through the labyrinth of tunnels in thei
Stewart Hoffman
The Princelings of the East is the opening installment in Jemima Pett’s, Princeling series. A rich, layered world exploring and blending modern technology and time travel, with an old-worldly feel. It’s an interesting set up, and though I occasionally had trouble connecting the dots between the many elements in this story, I would still recommend this. I’m going to hand my copy over to my niece and nephew, who I’m sure will get a kick out of this fun adventure story.
Anna del C. Dye
The Princeling of the East is an enchanting tale that will delight boys and be very much enjoyed by girls. This fourth to sixth grade chapter book will keep young readers enthralled for hours on end. You will find well-rounded characters, an interesting plot and many adventures within the pages of this book. I truly enjoyed the tale and loved the telling. It relates a completely new idea in a medieval fantasy setting and plot that will be enjoyed by all the inventors or thinkers in your home. It ...more
Kirstin Pulioff
3.5 Stars - My first impressions of this book were fantastic. The scientific creations, and "Thinking" of the characters gave me the feeling of a medieval Phineas & Ferb. Familiar with the cartoon, my mind simmered with ideas of the adventure to come. What would these brothers come up with, and what adventures would it lead them on.

When a tunnel appears out of thin air, leading the princelings to new territories full of strange new drinks, they will have to decide who to trust, who to follow, a
M.G. King
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Ms. Pett's story reminds me of the whimsy found in THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Two guinea pig Princelings set out to discover the source of their castle's energy drain. George is the inventor/engineer who is ahead of his times, and his brother is the philosopher who likes to Thing About Things. They discover a time tunnel, a smuggler, and a rather dubious diet drink of the future. Charming and humorous, this will make a wonderful bedtime read-aloud.

I do wish that Ms. Pett had given us more physica
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Princelings of the East is a clever, cute tale about Fred and George, two brothers who set out to discover the mystery of an Energy drain and end up caught in a world of time-travel. This book is appropriate for readers 8 and up, although the vocabulary might be a little difficult for readers under 10 to read independently (but it's perfect for out-loud bedtime reading in any case). I really enjoyed the creativity and the world-building, along with the clever asides and insight into our own ...more
Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Fred and George, a thinker and an engineer, leave home after the tragic food waste caused by the energy crisis at the king’s birthday feast.

It’s a cute young reader/middle-grade novel about two brothers who have to sort out the energy crisis – they come from an almost medieval background with coaches, castles and feasts. There’s time-travel, new media, science and technology just beyond their doorstep.

I really enjoyed the relationship between the two brothers and how they grew as individuals thr
Chris The Story Reading Ape
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly imaginative!

A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining fantasy tale about George and Fred, two guinea pigs who are Princelings in the Eastern Marshes Castle/City.
This tale combines time travel, an island I’m sure everyone will recognise, and how strawberry juice could solve technological energy needs.

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Kim Headlee
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, fantasy
The Princelings of the East is the first installment of a fun fantasy trilogy chronicling the adventures of twin time-traveling young royals Fred and George.

The year is 2009. Or is it 2021? Hm... whatever the year, no one can argue there are Strange Doings afoot. The King's birthday celebration has been ruined by a mysterious Energy Drain. Princelings Fred and George, two bright kids with too much time on their hands to just sit and Think (in Fred's case) or build ingenious machines (that would
Rebecca Douglass
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, sf-fantasy
This was a fun read, with a generally well-developed plot just complex enough for adults, but mostly clear enough for children. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but with the deliberate exception of one or two who have dual identities, they are pretty easy to keep track of. I tested the clarity by doing much of my reading in a sleep-deprived condition, and once or twice had to look back to see which brother we were tracking, but generally was fine. At that point it's hard to say th ...more
Ruth Hill
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
First of all, as I was reading this book, I had to keep my daughter in mind. In fact, this would be her preferred genre more than mine, but she was too busy with school to read it. So I had to review it in her place. At times, this was challenging since this is not my kind of book. However, I have reviewed the book to the best of my ability without injecting my personal preferences (as much as I could).

The book itself was an easy read. My only concern on that point would be that young readers wh
D.A. McGrath
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-and-ya
Something is wrong in the East. Unexplained power outages have cursing the land, and they are getting worse. The King isn’t happy, especially when his birthday extravaganza is ruined.

Princelings George and Fred know that it is only a matter of time before the superstitious King starts to blame their ‘experiments’ for the power problems, so they decide to set out of the castle they call home to investigate the strange goings on for themselves. Only they’ve never left the East before, and don’t r
The Reading List (Megan)
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to The Reading List by: received copy from author for review
Rating: 4.5/5

This was an entertaining and quick read. The characters were easy to like, and as an animal lover I adored the fact that they were based on Pett's guinea pigs. George and Fred are inquisitive at heart and it's their curious nature that makes them excellent main characters; but Victor, the barkeeper, quickly became my favorite.

It was easy for me to settle into Pett's writing style; it's been a while since I've read anything by Anne McCaffrey or J.R.R. Tolkien, and Pett's writing is a
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found myself enchanted by this tale of time traveling guinea pigs. Guinea pigs who find themselves on a quest searching for the cause of an energy drain. Shortly into the story, I identified with George, the engineer, who gains “excitement over a new project., …itching to do something to keep himself busy” when one of his creations has been destroyed.

The charming pencil drawn illustrations by the author, at the beginning of each chapter, are a lovely addition to the text. The combination of t
Anna Tan
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Castle Marsh, an extremely isolated guinea pig castle, is experiencing a strange energy drain. When it ruins the King's birthday feast, the Princeling twins, Fred the Philosopher and George the Engineer, decide that they must do something about it.

The mysterious tunnel that appears in response to Fred's spoken request for a secret passage is only the first surprise in their adventure. As they continue on their quest for answers, they meet the Hugo, a travelling salesman; Victor, a harried barke
I like YA books, but this one was definitely a little too young for me.

I did like the twins, that one was a thinker, and one was a builder/designer. But the world-building was really confusing, because nothing was explained, in the begining, one of the twins said, it would be nice if there were underground caves, or tubes to the other castles. And they hear a strange sound, and notice the castle built one for them. And they don't really think this is strange, and it's not built into the story th
Chris Meads
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. I enjoyed the time travel aspect of it and the use of tunnels to do it. Also the fact that the items being sent through the tunnel that caused the energy drain was Wozna and diet Wozna (Coke and diet Coke?).

It starts out with two princelings finding a tunnel and walking through it. Fred and George know that something is draining the energy and during the king's birthday party is when they find the time tunnel. The two boys get split up and find out what's going on a
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm resting my poor tired brain cells and enjoying the heck out of this series. If your kids or grandkids are readers and fall into the MG (middle grade) group, they might enjoy this series as well. First book is free and a good introduction. Jemima Pett's just getting her writer's "legs" and while entertaining, a bit rocky. Subsequent books are awe inspiring. Tight, profound, well crafted, well edited (!), great character development, not scary, but touches on real life situations in a matter-o ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm resting my poor tired brain cells and enjoying the heck out of this series. If your kids or grandkids are readers and fall into the MG (middle grade) group, they might enjoy this series as well. First book is free and a good introduction. Jemima Pett's just getting her writer's "legs" and while entertaining, a bit rocky. Subsequent books are awe inspiring. Tight, profound, well crafted, well edited (!), great character development, not scary, but touches on real life situations in a matter-o ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All ages and genres
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Renee at Mother Daughter and Son Blog Tours
I received an e-ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is an extremely fast paced read and I was intrigued by the story line. Though, it was hard to follow for me, I still enjoyed every minute of it from beginning to end. I felt this was very cleverly written and fun read. I loved Fred and George. This author is very good at capturing her audience with her writing style of suspenseful and mysterious plot and memorable characters. This is a recommended must read that will keep ...more
Angela Burkhead
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Princelings of the East is a sweet tale, but there is a lack of description that leaves the reader wanting. Their world is bare, no details offered about the architecture, vegetation, citizens way of dress, and the reader is given very little on how their world functions and prospers.

I'm not even sure what Fred and George look like.

The story opens on Fred and George in the middle of a crises that they set off to solve. With a bit more back story and more descriptions to help the reader along, t
Victoria Zigler
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read, with a plot that moves at a nice pace, and a great cast of characters. I personally think it would have been great if the author had gotten more in to the animal character thing and done things like using "paw" instead of "foot" for example, but that's just a personal opinion thing, so I'm not going to count the fact she didn't against her. Anyway, this was a fun read, with lovable and sometimes entertaining characters, and an interesting plot.
Ashley Howland
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it

I love that the characters are actually guinea pigs – that is very cool. As was The Princelings of the East. It does get a little confusing, like most time travel books. I think the slow pace of the story helps explain most of the situation. It’s an interesting and fun story, children will get hooked on solving the mystery of the energy drain. They will enjoy the character development, particularly Fred and George. It is definitely a book for people who like to think and read.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was one of the lucky winners to win 'The Princelings of the East' in the recent Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

I am not usually a great fan of anything to do with time travel, but found myself quite enjoying this fun to read book. I never write what a story is about for fear of spoiling for others. I am now going to pass this book on to my eldest granddaughter, who I know will enjoy as much as I.
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a clever, but fun read. The plot turned out to be a lot more complex than I was expecting and, with the ever-growing cast of characters, I found I really had to concentrate to keep up with who was who and what was going on! That is no bad thing at all and definitely makes the reader think. The cast of guinea pigs made this a truly original story!
Dorothy J
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Jemima Pett has been living in a world of her own for many years. Day-dreaming in class, writing stories since she was eight, drawing maps of fantasy islands with train systems and timetables at ten. Unfortunately no-one wanted a fantasy island designer then, so she tried a few careers, getting great experiences in business, environmental research and social work. She finally got back to building ...more

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