Dumping Princes

Book Four of the Calypso Chronicles – The Dump and The Counter-dump

Dumping Princes, Young Adults Romantic Comedy by Tyne O'Connell

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Dumping Princes is the fourth but not yet the last penultimate book in the Calypso series set in England’s exclusive all girl’s boarding school, St Augustine’s.

Everyone is titled or has mega rich or mega star parents. Lords, Ladies, Dames, Sirs, Captain’s of Industry, Politicians, rock stars, famous actors etc. Calypso was just an ordinary girl when she first arrived. But now a few years on an she is dating HRH Prince Freddie the heir to the British Throne.

Based on St Mary’s Ascot, & Eton College where both Prince Harry & William were educated. These books is a window on the sensational secret life of Britain’s aristocratic youth.  

It’s a mad world of  dorm raids, midnight feasts and escapes to Pullers Woods – the wood that separates the two schools. And the stakes are high for all the girls. But while her friends spend their time posting YouTube clips  and manipulating the media with social networking, Calypso has won the national fencing trails and managed to pull Prince Freddie himself. 

….and then HRH (Freds) does the unthinkable and dumps Calypso, it sets in motion a school-wide plan for a Royal Counter Dump. Can Calypso win Freddie back just to break his heart?

All is fair in love and war . . . except, of course, if you’re in love with a prince.

“Funny exposé of It-girlschool life.” ELLE GIRL UK 
“Briget Jones for the early teen set.”- WASHINGTON POST USA 
“Budding Anglophiles ….will soak up the flood of upper-class British culture in this book. Fans of Cecily von Ziegesar’s “Gossip Girl” series and Zoey Dean’s “A-List” series (both Little, Brown) should enjoy it”.– WASHINGTON COUNTY COOPERATIVE LIBRARY SERVICES 
Give this to fans of Princess Mia and Georgia Nicholson as well as to readers of O’Connell’s previous Pulling Princes (2004). BOOKLIST, USA 
It is sure to have fans of the previous novels rolling on the floor laughing their royal crowns off. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, USA 

Editorial Reviews 

From School Library Journal 

Grade 7-10–This third book about Calypso follows her attempts to manage her life while dealing with her parents’ sudden and unexpected marital issues. An American in an English boarding school, she simply wants to earn a spot on the national fencing team and keep up with her boyfriend, Prince Frederick. Then her mother suddenly shows up on her doorstep. Calypso’s first-person narration comes off like a British teen trying to sound American rather than the other way around, which is a bit jarring. The dialogue is snappy but the author does little to set the scenes or help readers navigate through myriad sketchily defined minor characters. Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries and Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series are better choices.–Adrienne Furness, Webster Public Library, NY 
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From Booklist 
Gr. 7-10. Featuring an American teen at a British boarding school, O’Connell’s Calypso Chronicles blend appealing components of such popular series as Gossip Girls and the Princess Diaries. In this installment, Calypso is at the top of her game, as much in her fencing technique as in her romance with HRH Freds. Then her mother arrives unannounced, and slapstick machinations ensue as Calypso attempts to juggle fencing, Freds, and Mom, who may or may not be filing for divorce. A fencing and British-slang glossary helps to bridge the transatlantic gap, and there is enough moony romance to appease fans drawn by the series’ Cinderella premise. Jennifer Mattson 
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