Common core
Common core

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw

By Christopher Healy, Illustrated by Todd Harris

The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to Christopher Healy's hit series, which Kirkus Reviews called "part screwball comedy, part sly wit, and all fun" in a starred review!

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don't you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered—and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they're on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar's murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms—a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.

  • Grade level: 5
  • Interest Level: 3-8
  • Guided Reading Level: U


Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone. Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics. Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., differences created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

Why do writers of fiction use figurative language in their stories? Give examples from the book. RL.5.4

How do words and phrases impact the meaning and tone of this story? RL.5.4

What is a fractured fairy tale? Analyze and discuss how the points of view of the characters and the audience create suspense and humor. RL.5.6, RL.5.9, SL.5.1
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: Walden Pond Press
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062118486
  • ISBN 10: 006211848X
  • ISBN 13: 9780062118486
  • Pages: 528
  • Trim Size: 5.50 x 7.75 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
  • Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories
  • Juvenile Fiction / Legends, Myths, Fables / General

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Part screwball comedy, part sly wit and all fun.”

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