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The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson

Four orphan boys are chosen by nobleman Bevin Conner to compete for the chance to impersonate Prince Jaron, missing and presumed dead for four years. It quickly becomes clear that whichever boy is chosen, the other three will not survive to give away the secret of the false prince. Sage, an unusually clever orphan boy with quite a talent for thievery, takes issue with this plan and decides that he will not allow Conner to get away with murdering three boys. He soon learns that Conner is responsible for far worse deeds than his plot to install the false prince on the throne of Carthya. Luckily, Sage has plenty of secrets of his own, and it will take all his ingenuity and the help of his competitors to thwart Conner's plan and expose his treachery.--Reviewed by Adrien, Compass Books
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