Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner
(Princesses of Myth)

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She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Not one to count on the gods—or her looks—to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude. That same attitude makes Helen a few enemies—such as the self-proclaimed "son of Zeus" Theseus—but it also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi.

In Nobody's Princess, author Esther Friesner deftly weaves together history and myth as she takes a new look at the girl who will become Helen of Troy. The resulting story offers up adventure, humor, and a fresh and engaging heroine you cannot help but root for.

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About Esther Friesner

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Nebula Award winner ESTHER FRIESNER is the author of more than 30 novels and over 150 short stories. She is also the editor of seven popular anthologies. Her works have been published around the world. Educated at Vassar College and Yale University, where she taught for a number of years, Ms. Friesner is also a poet, a playwright, and once wrote an advice column, "Ask Auntie Esther." She is married, is the mother of two, harbors cats, and lives in Connecticut.
Published March 25, 2008 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 322 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History. Fiction

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Helen’s story continues in Nobody’s Prize (2008.) It is part of the Princesses of Myth series which includes Sphinx’s Princess (2009) and Sphinx’s Queen which focuses on Neferetiti in ancient Egypt and Spirit’s Princess (2012) which focuses on Himiko in ancient Japan.

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Historical Novel Society

Readers may be familiar with the legends and myths of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Medea, Hercules, and Helen of Troy, but Esther Friesner weaves these characters together in a teen novel that lifts them off those dusty pages and into a re-imagined tale of adventure and intrigue.

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Historical Novel Society

Helen of Sparta is in many ways a typical young girl: she dislikes learning the boring carding and spinning that all women are expected to learn.

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