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Princess Academyby Shannon Hale
Synopses & Reviews
In this royal adventure, Princess Juniper learns what it means to rule a kingdomat least for the summer.
For her thirteenth nameday all Princess Juniper wants is a country of her own. So when rumblings of unrest start in his kindgom, Juniper's father decides to grant his daughter's wish and sends her to a small, idyllic corner of the Hourglass Mountains until trouble blows over. Once there, Juniper discovers that ruling a small countryeven just for the summeris a bit harder than she'd expected, especially when cousin Cyril challenges her rule. Still, the most difficult part is to come. Juniper and her friends discover that her father's kingdom is at war. The only way to stay safe is to remain in the Hourglass Mountains much longer than planned. Juniper may have her own country after all . . . but what will that mean for the kingdom of Torr?
This book is perfect for fans of Frozen and Brave, who like their princess strong and smart as well as sparkly.
Advance praise for Princess Juniper of the Hourglass:
"I absolutely loved Princess Juniper of the Hourglass! It's fantastically delightful, delicious, and satisfying. You'll want to follow Juniper to her kingdom — or even better, start your own!"--Sarah Beth Durst, author of Enchanted Ivy and Ice
I adored Princess Juniper! Readers will cheer as she leads and defends her hidden kingdom in this deliciously charming fantasy.”--Julie Berry, author of The Secondhand Charm and The Amaranth Enchantment
Ammi-Joan Paquette Awards and Reviews:
Ghost in the House
A Huffington Post Best Halloween Books of 2013”, School Library Journal Great Books for Halloween” pick; and Canadian Childrens Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens” 2014 pick.
Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo
Starred review, Kirkus
The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies
A "Best Books for Children 2009" choice by the Association of Booksellers for Children
Featured in Scholastic: Parent and Child magazines Fun Finds”
"Readers enchanted by Hale's Goose Girl are in for an experience that's a bit more earthbound in this latest fantasy-cum-tribute to girl-power. Cheerful and witty 14-year-old Miri loves her life on Mount Eskel, home to the quarries filled with the most precious linder stone in the land, though she longs to be big and strong enough to do quarry work like her sister and father. But Miri experiences big changes when the king announces that the prince will choose a potential wife from among the village's eligible girls — and that said girls must attend a new Princess Academy in preparation. Princess training is not all it's cracked up to be for spunky Miri in the isolated school overseen by cruel Tutor Olana. But through education — and the realization that she has the common mountain power to communicate wordlessly via magical 'quarry-speech' — Miri and the girls eventually gain confidence and knowledge that helps transform their village. Unfortunately, Hale's lighthearted premise and underlying romantic plot bog down in overlong passages about commerce and class, a surprise hostage situation and the specifics of 'quarry-speech.' The prince's final princess selection hastily and patly wraps things up. Ages 9-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this Newbery Honor winning, New York Times bestselling book—now with a gorgeous new cover!
A dazzling new novel about would-be princesses and destiny
Pennyroyal Academy: Seeking bold, courageous youths to become tomorrow's princesses and knights .Come one, come all!
A girl from the forest arrives in a bustling kingdom with no name and no idea why she is there, only to find herself at the center of a world at war. She enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons. There, given the name Evie,” she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steel glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies. As Evie learns what it truly means to be a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family, about human compassion and inhuman cruelty. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could ever have imagined.
Set in Grimms fairytale world, M.A. Larsons Pennyroyal Academy masterfully combines adventure, humor, and magical mischief.
Shannon Hale's Newbery-Honor winning novel is the story of Miri, a simple mountain girl whose family has always quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have chosen her small village as the home of the future princess.
In a year's time, the prince of Danland will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. To prepare the village girls, the king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Soon Miri finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires.
Filled with just a hint of magical realism, Shannon Hale shows all her great talent for original fairy tale stories in this incredible novel.
About the Author
Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and has never stopped, earning an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana sixteen years later and publishing The Goose Girl, her first book, not long after that. A sometime actress, instructional designer, and missionary, she now makes her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their son, Max.
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