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ISBN13: 9781582349909
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Awards

A New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"
A Texas Lone Star Reading List Book
A Josette Frank Award Winner
A Utah State Book Award Winner
A Utah Speculative Fiction Award Winner

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.

Review:

""In this affecting debut novel, Princess Ani, the shy, sensitive, first-born daughter to the king and queen of Kildenree, embarks on an adventure-filled journey to learn the many lessons that will make her a true queen. With the help of her aunt (the queen's sister), Ani discovers that she was born with the 'gift of animal speaking.' But her gift frightens others. The narrative's leisurely pace plays up Ani's sense of isolation; at a ball hosted by her parents, for instance, the nurses hold Ani's siblings close and whisper of 'men and secret things. Every word they spoke seemed to empty Ani more, like buckets dipped into a shallow well.' Considering Ani unworthy of the crown, Ani's newly widowed mother sends her off, at age 17, to be married to the prince of a neighboring kingdom-mainly to keep peace. On the way to 'the other side of the mountains,' her lady-in-waiting steals her identity and wrests control of the guards so she may enter the kingdom of Bayern as the Kildenree princess. Meanwhile, Ani dodges attempts on her life, is looked after by an older woman in the Forest, and finally makes it to Bayern, to be hired in the palace as a goose girl. Only when she develops humility, a sense of justice, a talent for peacekeeping, an ability to command the wind and the gift of 'people speaking' can Ani reclaim her place as the future queen of Bayern. In an attempt to weave all of the elements of the original tale, the novel at times bogs down in detail. But those who enjoy getting lost in an enchanted world will discover here a satisfying and richly embellished retelling of a classic that communicates values still pertinent to contemporary readers. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[An] affecting debut novel." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Enchanting. [Hale] adds such depth and scope..In layer upon layer of detail a beautiful coming-of-age story emerges." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"This YA novel will appeal to readers of fantasy and to all who enjoy seeing classic stories transformed by a creative author." KLIATT

Synopsis:

A New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"

A Texas Lone Star Reading List Book

A Josette Frank Award Winner

A Utah State Book Award Winner

A Utah Speculative Fiction Award Winner

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About the Author

Shannon Hale received a Newbery Honor for her book Princess Academy. She is the author of The Goose Girl and Enna Burning, companion books to River Secrets. She and her husband are working on a graphic novel together, and live with their son in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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leslieluvzbooks, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by leslieluvzbooks)
A fairy-tale for the ages! Shannon Hale's adventure takes you far beyond the traditional and into a deeper world of magic and adventure, crafting an underlying motivation for the antagonist that both does proper homage to the original tale and moves beyond it for a truly compelling storyline. I want to read all the Bayern books!
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craftinmomma, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by craftinmomma)
I loved the whole series! It's a fun fresh and cute! Definitely would recommend.
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honeyandlavener, September 5, 2011 (view all comments by honeyandlavener)
This book is so amazingly fantastic, the way Shannon Hale describes the 'powers' these people have, it makes you feel like you can understand it, like you know just what its like to have that power, even though she made it up, it feels so real. All the characters are so lovable, i adore this book, Shannon Hale is a profound writer
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582349909
Author:
Hale, Shannon
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Subject:
General
Subject:
Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
Human-animal communication
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Princesses
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series:
Books of Bayern
Publication Date:
20050513
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.76 x 5.15 x 1.16 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , ""In this affecting debut novel, Princess Ani, the shy, sensitive, first-born daughter to the king and queen of Kildenree, embarks on an adventure-filled journey to learn the many lessons that will make her a true queen. With the help of her aunt (the queen's sister), Ani discovers that she was born with the 'gift of animal speaking.' But her gift frightens others. The narrative's leisurely pace plays up Ani's sense of isolation; at a ball hosted by her parents, for instance, the nurses hold Ani's siblings close and whisper of 'men and secret things. Every word they spoke seemed to empty Ani more, like buckets dipped into a shallow well.' Considering Ani unworthy of the crown, Ani's newly widowed mother sends her off, at age 17, to be married to the prince of a neighboring kingdom-mainly to keep peace. On the way to 'the other side of the mountains,' her lady-in-waiting steals her identity and wrests control of the guards so she may enter the kingdom of Bayern as the Kildenree princess. Meanwhile, Ani dodges attempts on her life, is looked after by an older woman in the Forest, and finally makes it to Bayern, to be hired in the palace as a goose girl. Only when she develops humility, a sense of justice, a talent for peacekeeping, an ability to command the wind and the gift of 'people speaking' can Ani reclaim her place as the future queen of Bayern. In an attempt to weave all of the elements of the original tale, the novel at times bogs down in detail. But those who enjoy getting lost in an enchanted world will discover here a satisfying and richly embellished retelling of a classic that communicates values still pertinent to contemporary readers. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[An] affecting debut novel." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Enchanting. [Hale] adds such depth and scope..In layer upon layer of detail a beautiful coming-of-age story emerges."
"Review" by , "This YA novel will appeal to readers of fantasy and to all who enjoy seeing classic stories transformed by a creative author."
"Synopsis" by ,
A New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"

A Texas Lone Star Reading List Book

A Josette Frank Award Winner

A Utah State Book Award Winner

A Utah Speculative Fiction Award Winner

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