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Jennifer A. Nielsen

Author of The False Prince

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About the Author

Jennifer A. Nielsen was born in Utah. Her first book, Elliot and the Goblin War, was published in 2010. She is the author of The Underworld Chronicles, The Ascendance Trilogy, and the Praetor War series. She also wrote the sixth book of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines. (Bowker Author show more Biography) show less

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Works by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (2012) 2,910 copies
A Night Divided (2015) 1,480 copies
The Runaway King (2013) 1,265 copies
The Shadow Throne (2014) 926 copies
Resistance (2018) 794 copies
Mark of the Thief (2015) 662 copies
Words on Fire (2019) 612 copies
The Traitor's Game (2018) 443 copies
The Scourge (2016) 366 copies
Rise of the Wolf (2016) 260 copies
Rescue (2021) 219 copies
Captive Kingdom (2020) 201 copies
Behind Enemy Lines (2013) 200 copies
Wrath of the Storm (2017) 195 copies
Horizon: Deadzone (2017) 175 copies

Associated Works

Who Done It? (2013) — Contributor — 136 copies


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Short biography
New York Times Bestselling author, Jennifer Nielsen, was born and raised in northern Utah, where she still lives today with her family, a dog that won’t play fetch, and a cat that hallucinates. She loves chocolate, old books, and lazy days in the mountains.

New York Times

Jennifer has won multiple awards including the Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award, multiple Whitney Awards, and several state book awards. Also, she once won a garden rototiller, though that’s probably not relevant here.[from the website, retrieves 3/16/2021)



Nothing will ever top Jennifer's A Night Divided but this one was still a good read.

4 Stars

Content: death, violence, murder
libraryofemma | 20 other reviews | Apr 18, 2024 |
First sentence: If I'd known what was coming that morning, I'd have done things differently. I certainly wouldn't have fought with my mother.

Premise/plot: Jennifer Nielsen's newest book is set in Poland during the Second World War. It is a fictionalized account inspired by a real teenager, Lidia Zakrzewski, a Resistance fighter. Lidia, our heroine, is outraged when Poland falls and the Nazis invade. Everything changes dramatically in such a short amount of time. Her home life--which had some tension before with a difficult mother--becomes truly dramatic. Still, she keeps on keeping on--resisting, persisting, doing anything and everything to defy the new regime. "Simple" things like going to an illegal school so she can continue her education. More difficult things like becoming a messenger--running messages for those in the resistance--before ultimately becoming a fighter herself. This is a brutal coming of age story set in a harsh environment.

My thoughts: I have never been disappointed by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Still holds true with her newest book. I found this one engaging. I read it quickly--one or two sittings--because I just got caught up in the story. It was a rough read as many war books are. But it was a GREAT read. Definitely recommended.
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blbooks | 1 other review | Apr 1, 2024 |
Representation: N/A
Trigger warnings: World War II, antisemitism, self-sacrifice and death of a person, military violence and war themes
Score: Seven out of ten.
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It's here. It's finally here. I wanted to read Rescue for months, but someone transferred it before I could. Months later, I transferred it back to a library I visited so I could pick it up, and then I glanced at the blurb, which made it seem like an intriguing and enjoyable story about secret codes set in WWII. I liked this one.

It starts with the first person I see, Meg, fleeing from her home and father after the Germans invaded it, and all that's left of him are some encrypted notes. It may seem like all hope is lost for her, but that's not what happens. Meg tries to find her father using her knowledge of codes to solve the mysteries to find her father. This work is one of the slower historical novels I've read, but it was still satisfying much like Words on Fire, even though it's like a younger version of Elizabeth Wein's The Enigma Game. I liked Meg as a character because of her realism since she doesn't get everything right and it takes time for her to succeed. I predicted a plot twist, which tells me I might not be the right audience and I already saw one of the messages in the code long before Meg found it out. However, I didn't see the second message. The pacing is right for me as the slower parts never bored me and the fast-paced conclusion was enthraling. I'd recommend this one for anyone who has a taste in historical/war fiction.
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Law_Books600 | Mar 18, 2024 |
A nicely done young adult novel about a teenage girl who over time fights against the Nazis in her home town (Warsaw, Poland) during World War Two. Her role with the resistance increases along with her bravery as her story builds. I love that the novel is based on a real girl and there are photos the author places of her and her family at the end of the novel. I can't wait to share the book with my junior high aged granddaughter. The are many lessens to be learned in this one.
muddyboy | 1 other review | Mar 15, 2024 |



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