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The Goose Girl (2003)

by Shannon Hale

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Just reread this with both my girls (now 11 yo and 8 yo). It's almost a perfectly crafted modern fairy tale, with plenty of suspense, great characters, and beautiful world building. First review (10/2012): Had a great time reading this with my daughter (9 yo). Fun, strong female protagonist. Lively writing. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this Princess to Pauper to Princess" story.

While it was simple, it was well written, exciting, tense, funny and it ended happily...for the heroine." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Brief Summary: Ani, 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. As she travels to be married in a foreign land, her party is taken over and is no longer recognized as a princess and becomes the good girl for the king.

Why I loved it: This is an enjoyable read

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  meganconser | Nov 28, 2016 |
I haven't read much fantasy of this sort recently, but this is definitely a book worth reading. Historically-set in a fantasy world, "The Goose Girl" goes beyond the standard fantasy fare for young adults. This novel is well-written, engaging, and relatively long.
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
Katie will probably be disappointed with my rating, since I know it's one of her favorite books. I didn't NOT like it. And I did read the second half in less than a day. But somehow, I just wasn't that into it.

Basically, it's a novelization of the fairy tale, and it does that pretty well. Characterization and world-building are usually left out of normal-length fairy tales, and Shannon Hale makes a convincing world with more complex characters than just "prince" "goose boy" "queen" etc. I liked the close third narration (my favorite, sorry first-person YA). I liked the limited magic of the world. It felt old and folklore-y, like a fairy tale should. I liked that the main character made friends in her new city by telling stories by the fire. That's just a powerful image and a pastime? tradition? that shouldn't be lost, even as we all get caught up on twitter and tumblr. I didn't really like the main character though. She annoyed me the way Mr. Bates on Downton Abbey does: always doing the "right thing" even when it makes little sense and kinda feeling sorry for herself while acting like everything's okay.

So, I liked it. You should read it if you like fairy tale novelizations, but to be honest, if you're on Goodreads and like fairy tale novelizations, you probably read this 4 years ago. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
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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.
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Hale, Shannonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, David AaronCast Member (audio)main 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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