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85990Miri 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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Comments on: "Princess Academy – Shannon Hale" (1)

  1. Now don’t let the title of this novel turn you off. Beautifully written and poetic, this book tells the story of young Miri, a girl named after a wild mountain flower which grows in the linder beds around her small quiet village. It is a wonderful story of a group mountain girls who are suddenly told they must leave their village and be trained to be princesses. This book had me from page one. Its beautiful attention to detail and way of describing even the smell of something keeps you turning pages. it is hard to put down.
    I loved every second of this book, but my favourite aspect would have to be the way each chapter begins with a short poem, setting the tone for each chapter.
    The whole book is poetic and each word slides into the next.
    I would recommend this book to girls 12+


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