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ISBN13: 9781582349930
ISBN10: 1582349932
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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.

Review:

"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.)

Synopsis:

All the teenage girls from a small mountain village must attend the academy to learn how to become a princess. Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen.

Synopsis:

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

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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Skeleton Key, March 18, 2012 (view all comments by Skeleton Key)
This book is one of my absolute favorites. I've read it at least five or six times. Miri who just wanted to belong somewhere finally could. She with all the other eligible girls from her village competing for one prize. The prince. Miri is put to the test at the Princess Academy. She learns all the rules that aren't of the mountain. She becomes a leader and a dreamer. She proves she has what it takes, but prefers life on the mountain, her home. The book teaches you that no matter who you are, you can be a princess.
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twinklereader, January 30, 2007 (view all comments by twinklereader)
I am reding this chapter by chapter to my niece and she won't let me stop reading for a second (I never want to.) We both think it's a little action and some calm. We agree to read the book at least 50 times.
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twinreader, November 16, 2006 (view all comments by twinreader)
This Newberry Honor winner is perfect for girls who like a plucky, resourceful and thoughtful heroine at the center of their books. It is similar in romantic lushness and suspense to Robin McKinley's books Spindles End & Beauty, but the action moves more quickly and the reading level is easier.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582349930
Author:
Hale, Shannon
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
General
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Mountains
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Self-confidence
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 to 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.57 x 5.73 x 1.07 in
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 336 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781582349930 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Synopsis" by , All the teenage girls from a small mountain village must attend the academy to learn how to become a princess. Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen.
"Synopsis" by ,
Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

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