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Princess Academy Newbery Honor Book (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Shannon Hale (Author)

Series: Princess Academy (1)

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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.
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Title:Princess Academy Newbery Honor Book
Authors:Shannon Hale (Author)
Info:Scholastic; Literature Circle Edition Edition (2006), Edition: Literature Circle Edition
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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (2005)

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I bought this book despite the fact I dislike the word Princess. However, the book was great. If you have the same problem with the concept of Princess, forget it. The story is all about courage and Miri is a character to be respected. ( )
  Eurekas | Aug 27, 2021 |
I thought I dreamt this book for a while. ( )
  Rachel_Cucinella | Apr 24, 2021 |
Probably 3.5 stars...fun little book. ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
This is about as far from my day to day grind as it gets...therefore, quite a nice little vacation wrapped up in a story about mountain girls from a mining village exposed to books for the first time. Really enjoyed this one. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince will choose his bride from among the village girls.

The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Soon Miri finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires. Winning the contest could give her everything she ever wanted--but it would mean leaving her home and family behind ( )
1 vote Gmomaj | Jul 23, 2020 |
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Hale weaves an intricate, multilayered story about families, relationships, education, and the place we call home.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal (Oct 1, 2005)
 
Unfortunately, Hale's lighthearted premise and underlying romantic plot bog down in overlong passages about commerce and class, a surprise hostage situation and the specifics of '"quarry-speech."
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Aug 8, 2005)
 
There are many pleasures to this satisfying tale: a precise lyricism to the language ... and a rhythm to the story that takes its tropes from many places, but its heart from ours.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus Reviews (Jul 15, 2005)
 
Hale nicely interweaves feminist sensibilities in this quest-for-a-prince-charming, historical-fantasy tale.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Anne O'Malley (Jun 1, 2005)
 
Sheilah Egan (Children's Literature)
Miri yearns to prove herself useful to her widowed father by working in the village quarry, but, he forbids this, thus cutting his daughter off from the bond of the villagers who earn their living carving stone on Mount Eskel. In this unusual blend of coming-of-age, adventure, fantasy, and fairy tale story Shannon Hale gives us a strong girl persona, wicked “outlaw outsiders,” corrupt business dealings, strict “princess trainers,” and a prince in need of a proper princess. Miri proves her worth to her father, the village, the head of the Academy itself, and to the fellow worthy of this quick-witted, hard-working “almost a woman.” The crux of the tale is the “quarry speech” used by the stone workers to communicate over the noise and confusion of the quarry, which is adapted by Miri in her desperation to save the village girls after they have been kidnapped by the outlaws. As usual, Hale ties her characters to the land in which they have been born and to Nature itself. This is an engaging, plain “good read” that just happens to be filled with life lessons about friendship, acceptance, courage, endurance, and finding the right path. Guard against dismissing this fantasy as more of the same old genre; there are a lot of fresh ideas and solid truths to be had in this finely-crafted novel. 2005, Bloomsbury, $16.95. Ages 12 up.
added by kthomp25 | editChildren's Literature, Sheilah Egan
 

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Hale, Shannonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lieder, RickCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mark, DonnaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zeltner, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Good Friends. And especially for Rosi, a true mountain girl.
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Miri woke to the sleepy bleating of a goat.
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Plumb line is swinging

Spring hawk is winging

Eskel is singing
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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.

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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.
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