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Like the great majority of you, I love books by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Unlike the majority of you, however, my favorite book is not The Secret Garden, The Little Princess, or even Little Lord Fauntleroy, though I like them too.

I love The Lost Prince. It has become increasingly difficult to find a good copy over the years, and doesn’t seem to have ever been filmed. (And, before you ask, it has nothing to do with the movie of the same name about the English prince.) It is the story of Marco Loristan and his father, who have traveled all over Europe, and yet they are not from any of those places. They are Samavians, exiled from their homeland and awaiting the return of The Lost Prince, as are the rest of their people. While Marco is living in London with his father, he takes to exploring the streets near their lodgings. It is in this way that he first encounters The Rat, the crippled leader of a small gang of urchins. Marco and The Rat become friends, and when chance throws them a way to assist Samavia, they end up on the adventure of a lifetime.

If you enjoy Frances Hodgson Burnett’s other books, and you have a fondness for adventure stories, you will love The Lost Prince. You can tell that the book was first published in 1914 by the writing style, but that in no way detracts from the story. On the contrary, it merely makes it more firmly a period piece. I have read my Mother’s copy of this book so many times that the paper cover has gone missing, and the real cover has begun to look a bit worn. I would recommend this especially as a “read to your kids before bed” book. That is how I first encountered it, anyway.

(This book is available to read online through Project Gutenberg here.)

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