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. Sent to an academy to learn how to become a princess, Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and even bandits intent on kidnapping the future princess.
"When it comes to contemporary classics, Shannon Hale has the makings of someone whose books will be read and reread for decades to come."-The 2006 Newbery Committee (The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association)
"Princess Academy is the strong, well-written story of one girl's determination to show that even a small mountain flower can be as valuable as a gold crown."-Teenreads.com "An unalloyed joy."-Kirkus Reviews
"This is not a fluffy, predictable fairy tale. . . . Instead, Hale weaves an intricate, multilayered story about families, relationships, education, and the place we call home." -School Library Journal
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) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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1 . Excellent Book
Posted November 18, 2010 by Luv2read , MesaI loved this story. It was exciting to learn about the place where Miri lives and her people. The author also did an excellent job of creating a story that can teach us lesson about toay.
Bloomsbury Publishing USA
April 15, 2007
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