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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale August 23, 2007

Filed under: Book Reviews,Books,Fiction,Juvenile,Newbery Medal — Julie @ 10:02 am

princess-academy.jpgPrincess Academy by Shannon Hale

Published: 2005

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Age Group: 12 and Up

Summary: Princess Academy is a Newbery Honor Book about Miri, a mountain girl who is full of wit and imagination. She and the rest of the town get quite a shock when the chief delegate from the King comes and tells them that one of them is to become a Princess by marrying the Prince. In order to prepare them for this an academy is set up to educate them in everything from reading to history and commerce. The girls are reluctant at first especially when their teacher turns out to be quick to punish but through perseverance and hard work Miri and the other nineteen girls are able to straighten up their teacher, learn their subjects, meet the Prince, and come to truly appreciate the value of their mountain home. Only one girl can be chosen and at first that was a source of contention but in the end they were all friends and happy with the choice the Prince made for his future bride. Along the way the girls learn things about themselves and each other and forge not only friendships but also a new life for themselves and their families in the mountains.

Personal Notes: The best book I’ve read in a long time! The prose was beautiful and full of imagery and detail without losing my interest. Hale has a way of describing the scene while creating action that is just magical. The plot was fabulous with many different layers and subsets. The characters were complex and interesting without taking the light of the main character. The conflict was believable and real but new and interesting at the same time. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone I know. It’s not a usual princess story either, it has real meat to it and it is full of adventure.

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11 Responses to “Princess Academy by Shannon Hale”

  1. runch Says:

    why is the princes choice of thegirl not in there

  2. Julie Says:

    It is in there. On page 100 in chapter 25 “‘I choose Britta Paweldaughter as betrothed to the throne,’ said Steffan.”

    She is the one who came into the village shortly before the academy and was living with relatives.

  3. sarah Says:

    i actaully met shannon hale in my school, she is a very nice woman and is very funny and friendly. i think that she will become on eof the best authors of our time. i even had to skip 2 periods of my classes to see her, even though i was not allowed to…. i am currently reading her book, adn doing a book report on it. I cant wait to finish this book!!=)

  4. Brianna Says:

    OMG!!!! I loved this book and i have one question: is she coming out with another? i’d really like to know!Please send relpy ASAP!!!!

  5. Julie Says:

    She has written many other books but not a sequel that I know of. You can visit her website http://www.squeetus.com to read about others that she has written.

  6. Nazly Says:

    best book ive ever read im serious u should read it i never want to put it down. i especially like when she and peder hold hands

  7. Crystal Says:

    I think this story is great one! I t is a awesome page turner and it is not boring at even one part. I think Miri is a girl that wants to help a lot of people in the quarry. And when her dad saves Miri by Dan the bandit, even more amazing!!!!!!

  8. brittany Says:

    hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    It was SO awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)
    i loved all the drama and all what miri did
    I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  9. tine palileo Says:

    it’s beautiful!i will look forward if it has a movie

  10. Juliette Says:

    I loved this book! We had to read books for class, and out of over 500 i picked this one!!! Will there be a sequel or a movie?? i need to know now!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    i love


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