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The Goose Girl (2003)

by Shannon Hale

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Series: Books of Bayern (1)

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This modern fantasy book is appropriate for ages 12-17. This book would be a good option to recommend to readers who enjoy magic, nature, animals, suspense, adventure, romance, and happy endings. The main character, princess Ani, is a strong young woman who becomes her own heroine. This is an excellent story of self-discovery and many young readers will be able to find that they have common experiences with Ani.
  bflanagan | Jul 26, 2015 |
This was a delightful, enjoyable read, a clever reworking of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Having said that, let me get the nitpicks over with: Hale’s prose is a formal passive-voice style, like a fairy tale except that it is inconsistent and the writing sometimes leads to less-than-gripping action scenes. The metaphors seem self-aware, there are several plot holes and loose ends not tied up at the book’s end—but still I was carried along by the suspense. Having read "Austenland" and "Princess Academy," I’m familiar with Hale’s imaginative plots, and enjoyed her mix of characters and the world she has created here, especially her knack for visualizing all the different forms of communication between humans, other animals and nature. This is not, to me, a children’s book because there is violence and torture, but the story works well as a gritty fantasy with fairy tale elements. I know there are sequels; I suspect I’ll be reading them soon! ( )
  jennorthcoast | Jul 20, 2015 |
3/5 stars
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So the theme of my books this week seems to be unloving mothers. I went from Flowers in the Attic to this and in comparison Ani’s mother is a saint, but still. Ani was always different, her aunt taught her at a young age how to speak to the swans and that she has a speech on her tongue that she will learn in time. She learns she’s being shipped off from her home in Kildenree to Bayern to be married to a prince she’s never met. Her escort party splits off in to two groups, one that aims to protect Ani and one that aims to kill her and give her lady in waiting the crown. She gets away, barely and tries to reclaim her title and her crown, but can she do that as just a Goose Girl?

It was an entertaining read, not too long. I found the 3 types of speech interesting and actually plan to read the second one and learn more about Enna and her fire speech. I don’t have much to say about this one other than I genuinely enjoyed Shannon Hale’s writing and I will read more of it. ( )
  MarandaNicole | Jul 15, 2015 |
I have a soft spot for fairy-tale retellings. It is especially interesting to see how different authors capture the feel of a fairy-tale in novel form, and also what elements of the original material they keep, and how they expand upon it. So purely on that level, I enjoyed THE GOOSE GIRL.

I also appreciated the quality of the writing itself, the gentle, lyrical voice telling the story of Ani as she struggles against the obstacles flung in her way and finds her own strength.

It wasn't a book that swept me up in a giddy wind of words, but I did enjoy my visit!
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
Shannon Hale took a classic fairytale and turned it into a novel worthy story. This is also the first book in a series of four. this book has more mature themes so is probably more suited to middle school or high school. A wonderful read.
  bzittlosen | Dec 17, 2014 |
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Teens who like long, detailed fantasies will also be happy to accompany the heroine of Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl on her quest to recover her identity and her place in the world.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Beth Wright (Dec 1, 2004)
 
Hale's retelling is a wonderfully rich one, full of eloquent description and lovely imagery, and with a complex plot, a large cast of characters, and a strong female protagonist.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal (Aug 1, 2003)
 
The engaging plot can certainly carry the tale, but Hale’s likable, introspective heroine makes this also a book about courage and justice in the face of overwhelming odds.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Annie O'Malley (Aug 1, 2003)
 
[T]oo long by a fair amount, but ensorcelled teen readers, swept up in the romance and the luscious language, probably won't notice.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Jul 1, 2003)
 
In an attempt to weave all of the elements of the original tale, the novel at times bogs down in detail. But those who enjoy getting lost in an enchanted world will discover here a satisfying and richly embellished retelling of a classic that communicates values still pertinent to contemporary readers.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Jun 30, 2003)
 

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Shannon Haleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, HollyCast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Anthony, KaramCast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baker, DavidCast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berman, JamesCast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.

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On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

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