Princess Academy

Princess Academy

Book - 2007
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While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2007
ISBN: 9781599900735
9781582349930
1582349932
Branch Call Number: YA HAL
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 21 cm

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amishameme
Apr 28, 2019

At first I thought this book would be boring (but it's not) then when I read the first chapter I thought this book was amazing great book!

amyraeweaver Apr 27, 2019

Do me a big favor: Just for a minute or two, ignore the title of this book. You might be looking at the words “Princess Academy” and thinking to yourself, “This is going to be a fluffy, sappy story about fluffy, sappy princesses,” and if you are, you’re dismissing one of the finest fairy tales of the last twenty years. Shannon Hale sets her once-upon-a-time in the backwater of a fantasy kingdom—where, according to the king’s priests, the next princess of the land will come. Needless to say, the court is horrified: who wants an illiterate princess from a mining community? Thus, they start a school for all the eligible young women of the mountain, in hopes of making them “acceptable” to their sensibilities. Miri, who’s always been too frail to mine stone with the rest of her village, sees it as an opportunity: she gets to learn everything she never knew about the world beyond the mountain…including the fact that the stone they’re paid starvation wages for is considered valuable by all those rich snobs. It’s Cinderella working for the 99%, and Hale writes it beautifully. The sequels are likewise excellent.

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leileileeculham
Aug 07, 2018

I love this author so I can't wait to try it!

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library_queen
May 25, 2018

I LOVE this book.
Hilariously, I didn't want to read it when my mom suggested it. I'm like, "A princess book? Nah, I don't want to read that." My mom was awesome, she just said that I was missing out and walked away. Later, I asked my brother about it (who is not huge on princesses, by the way) and he said it was a great book and I should definitely read it. Well, curiosity got the better of me and I read it.
I am SO glad I read it!!
Readers, please read this. You will not be sorry.

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aveenosahba
Apr 29, 2018

Awesome book!!!

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pink_rabbit_545
Jan 31, 2018

this was a great book! I cant wait to read The Palace Of Stone!

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readingfairy
Sep 06, 2017

I enjoyed reading this book. There were some weird things in it, like the "quarry-speech" and the thing about Mount Eskel not being a province so lowlanders look down on the villagers as if they are not real Danlanders, and some of the names were funny (Katar??) Otherwise I really enjoyed it. It was a fun read!
(NEXT PARAGRAPH MIGHT SPOIL) I was surprised but very happy with the prince's choice. I was just disappointed at the very end because I thought Peder was going to ask Miri to marry him! Now I'll have to read "Palace of Stone". Olana's confession at the end made me dislike her just more.
I was a little doubtful at first but now I'm so glad I read it!! 4 stars out of 5!

Beatricksy Aug 29, 2017

With an astonishing sense of place and a really charming cast of characters (and with a very logical and realistic magic system!), this one's a keeper. Sometimes you can have your fairy tale cake and eat it, too: it's the sweetest ending I've read in a while.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
This was long one of my favorite books in elementary and into middle school. The setting in itself makes for a very different fairy tale story, and the plot doesn't follow stereotypical archetypes.

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blue_parrot_326
Jul 02, 2017

This is the best book in the Princess Academy trilogy by Shannon Hale. You just have to keep reading it till the end. One of the best books especially if you are into stuff like princesses.

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gracemi
Aug 22, 2012

-the palace of stone-

book the 2nd

miri goes down to the lowlands and finds herself in the middle of a revolution ,katar (not able to do so herself) asks miri to find out what the revolution is about. As asked miri befriends commoners to find what everything is about and to make sure that mt. eskel is on "the wining side" also miri goes to a school called the queen's castle and there meets a boy that puts her relationship with peter in doubt seeing as he hasn't asked her to be his betrothed and seems distant ,perhaps too busy and tired around her. soon the climax occurs and mixed up in fliped who will miri end up with and will brita get her happy ending?

crystal_dark Nov 05, 2011

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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Laura_X Apr 24, 2017

There you go...let it all slide out. Unhappiness can't stick in a person's soul when it's slick with tears.

crystal_dark Nov 05, 2011

“What should I say? That I like him so much it hurts?”

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