“Best Summer Books 2012” — PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

“Healy injects age-old characters and fairy tale tropes with a fresh, contemporary sensibility, resulting in a crowd-pleaser with laugh-out-loud lines on nearly every page.” — PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY [Starred Review]

“In this debut, Healy juggles with pitch-perfect accuracy, rendering the princes as goobers with good hearts and individual strengths, keeping them distinct and believable. Inventive and hilarious, with laugh-out-loud moments on every page.”— KIRKUS [Starred Review]

“A quest that recalls at moments the Musketeers and at others, the Marxes… something to laugh at on every page.” — Adam Gopnick, THE NEW YORK TIMES [Editors’ Choice]

“Not just for kids… The princes in The Hero’s Guide may not be charming, but Healy’s romp of a book about them most certainly is.” — Susan Carpenter, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“A lively, humorous adventure” —Meghan Cox Gurdon,  THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Brilliant.” — NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“Wildly inventive. Sharp and satirical… jam-packed with humor,” — Sharyn Vane, AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

“[A] fractured and funny saga… Read with glee.” — Andrew Medlar, BOOKLIST

“Much witty banter, movie-ready descriptions, cartoony illustrations, and nonstop action-make this fairy-tale mashup highly entertaining.” — Monica Edinger, THE HORN BOOK

“Richly imagined and hysterically funny… From a debut author who knows which buttons to push for snorting laughter.” — Dodie Owens, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“A fantastic sense of fun, a humor that infuses every sentence. Its pitch-perfect tongue-in-cheek narration (think Lemony Snicket without the bite) has a levity that keeps the story floating along effortlessly. You will hurt yourself laughing with this one.” — Dot Hutchinson, SCATTERED PAGES

“One of my fave mid-grade books of the year… Pure Genius! — Lori Calabrese, NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK EXAMINER

“A true page-turner of an adventure story that also has its readers—young and old, but especially young—constantly in stitches… I couldn’t be more pleased to give The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom my highest recommendation.” — Myles McDonnell, YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

“The kind of inspired, well-crafted lunacy found in The Princess Bride.” — Mary Eisenhart, COMMON SENSE MEDIA

“The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is about as much fun as anyone can or should have reading a book.  The villains are dastardly, the heroes are flawed, and quite frankly any author who pushes foreshadowing on over into the spoiler territory gets a win in my book.” — Heidi Frederick, BUNBURY IN THE STACKS

“Though written for middle grade readers, this book’s content is so hilarious, so universal, and so appealing that it transcends any age group… Not only are Healy’s characters fresh, exciting, and fun to read about, but his manner of writing is so appealing… The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom will forever change the way you look at fairy tales, but only in the best of ways. It’s a new classic written for today’s readers.” — Sara Gundell, NOVEL NOVICE

“I’m in love with this book! I read this book so fast I’m going to have to read it again, but once you start, it’s so addictive you just can’t stop.” — BURIED IN BOOKS

“Funny, smart, action-packed, and engaging, I have a feeling this book is going to be a huge hit!” — Alison Skap,  ALISON’S BOOK MARKS

“Any serious fairytale lover will truly appreciate the escapades chronicled in this wonderful book.” — THE PAPERBACK PRINCESSES

“Outstanding… an engaging story that the entire family can enjoy.” — MUNDIE KIDS

“A fabulous fairy tale retelling.  This one has definitely earned a spot on my favorites shelf.” — KATIE’S BOOK BLOG

“Wonderful, delightful.” — Thea, THE BOOK SMUGGLERS

“I would recommend this book to all my friends, girls and guys. I think even my mom will love it!” — Peyton, BOOKS DEVOURED JR.

“A fantastic read-aloud book.” —Misty, THE BOOK RAT

“Yes, it is definitely as good as the first. (And maybe even a little bit better.)” —SMALL REVIEW

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    1. Over for now. But believe me, I’d love to revisit the Thirteen Kingdoms with some new stories. And in the meantime, I hope you’ll join me for some new and different types of adventures.

      1. Seriously?! I’m just going to say that you, J.K. Rowling, and M.P. Haddix are in a 3-way tie for my favorite author who is alive today. However, as they have more books, if you do not write more, Haddix and Rowling will surpass you for book supremacy. (If you’re wondering, Haddix wrote the Missing series and the Shadow Children series.) I hear that you have a 13 year old daughter. Haddix’s books are for her age group (and thus mine). I think that if she is anything like me, she would like them.

  1. Seriously,next to Rick Riordan,you just might be my favorite author.Your books are a favorite of my younger sister,who normally doesn’t even LIKE books.She has literally referred to this series as “the best books in the world”,I kid you not.
    Oh yeah,they’re a favorite of mine,too…
    And we also love Avatar:The Last Airbender:)

    1. On behalf of the Earth Nation, Fire Nation, Air Nomads, and Water Tribes, I thank you. (I’ve also got to find out who this Riordan guy everybody keeps talking about is…)