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The Lost Prince (Hesperus Minor) [Paperback]

Frances Hodgson Burnett
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29 Aug 2014 Hesperus Minor
From the author of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden comes a masterful adventure that will capture the imagination: a tale of destiny, revolution, family and friendship. Twelve-year-old Marco and his father, Stefan, are exiled citizens of the impoverished Eastern European nation of Samavia. They live in London, where Stefan often receives mysterious visitors and where Marco befriends a street urchin known only as Rat. Stefan decides to send the pair on a secret mission in Europe, carrying a coded message to fellow Samavian patriots across the continent. On their arrival in Europe, it quickly becomes clear that Marco and Rat might not know the whole story; everywhere they go, Samavian exiles show Marco particular attention, but it is not until their return to London that the magnitude of the secret hidden within him becomes clear. Burnett's evocation of early twentieth-century Europe is masterful, and her imaginative tale of political intrigue and family destiny will appeal to readers of all ages.

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd (29 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843915235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843915232
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,357,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Frances Hodgson Burnett's cosy Victorian moralism has made her name synonymous with the loveliness of festive family fare' The Telegraph

About the Author

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849 - 1924) was an Anglo-American author and playwright. Born in straitened circumstances in nineteenth-century Manchester, she emigrated to the United States and began writing to support her family. She is best remembered for her children's stories, in particular Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885-6), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as well known as it deserves 6 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The reader meets Marco Loristan when the boy is 12 years old and has just moved to shabby quarters in London with his father, Stefan Loristan, and their faithful soldier-servant Lazarus. Marco is young, but he has seen more of the world than many will ever do in a lifetime; the small family has always been on the move, and Marco is familiar not only with the big cities all across Europe, but speaks their languages like a native, and knows their museums and galleries like their most studied and best educated residents. For the Loristans, only one place is home, and that is a place they can not live at: Samavia (a fictitious country), a monarchy struggling between civil war, general unrest and bloody revolutions, poverty-stricken and politically unstable since that day 500 years ago when the last legitimate heir to the throne mysteriously disappeared. This “Lost Prince” of Samavia has become a legend over time; a legend many believe to be true, and many a passion-filled Samavian heart longs for the return of the Lost Prince and the restoration of their home country to its former peaceful glory.

Marco, his father and Lazarus are very close and usually do not speak of Samavia outside their four walls. But when Marco meets “The Rat”, a crippled street urchin who is fascinated with all things military and has a brilliant mind in his weak body, the two soon become friends, and together invent “The Game”. They make up schemes to form a Secret Party all across Europe, a party that works behind the scenes to find the Lost Prince and re-establish peace and prosperity for Samavia.
Up until that point, I had found the book a little tedious at times, because the way the Loristans are described is so unreal – they are just too good to be true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary gold 13 July 2011
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Frances Hodgson Burnett's book have not diminished in almost 100 years. The stories are still immensely readable. Although written for children, they still entrance the adult reader. Please give this book (and others by the same author) a try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully narrated! 30 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Although a fan of Frances Hodgson Burnett, I wish to comment on the elegance of the narrator, David Thorn in this audio book. Mr. Thorn provides such a vivid and entertaining deliverance, complete with vocal characterization and accents. I would gladly purchase any audio book Mr. Thorn has narrated! Thank you!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story that never dates 10 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A children's story that I loved as a child and hope my kids will like it too when they are old enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this classic children's story 10 Aug 2013
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This is a cool & exciting classic story of two boys that will spark the imagination of anyone who reads it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 April 2013
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I read this book as a child and loved it. I decided to read it again, now, over forty years later and I still loved it. It brought back many happy memories.
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