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The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern) (original 2003; edition 2017)

by Shannon Hale (Author)

Series: Books of Bayern (1)

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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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Title:The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)
Authors:Shannon Hale (Author)
Info:Bloomsbury USA Childrens (2017), Edition: New, 432 pages
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The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (2003)

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This was a wonderful retelling, or perhaps reworking is a better description, of an old fairy tale. In enjoyed seeing Ani/Isi grow into herself. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
In Hale's satisfying fantasy inspired by the Grimm fairytale "The Goose Girl," Crown Princess Ani is traveling from her home in Kildenree to marry a prince in Bayern - but on the way, her lady-in-waiting Selia and more than half Ani's guard turns traitor, and Ani flees into the forest alone, believing her faithful captain Talone dead, and separated from her horse, Falada. Ani finds help from a forest family and makes her way into the city, where she goes to the palace to plead her case, but is frightened away by Selia, who has stolen her identity. Ani finds work as a goose girl, and slowly makes friends with the other animal workers, most of whom come from the forest. But Selia's traitorous soldiers come after Ani, and she flees the city, again finding help from Finn and his mother in the forest, and planning to walk home to Kildenree to tell her mother of Selia's plot - which includes bringing a war from Bayern to Kildenree. But in a fortunate twist, Ani discovers that another forest family took in the wounded Talone; now that he's recovered, they return together to the city. Ani's worker friends believe her story and come with them as they rush to stop Selia from marrying the prince and attacking Kildenree.

Ani begins as an unconfident, sheltered girl, easily instructed by "people-speakers" like her mother and Selia. Ani's gifts are different: she has learned the language of birds, and has a special bond with her horse, Falada. As her journey progresses, she begins to understand the voice of the wind, as well, and be able to harness some of its power. But an equal amount of her power comes from what she has learned from living as a common worker, and developing the strength to stand up for what is peaceful and right for her people as well as herself.

See also: Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

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She had leaned against the idea of her mother's perfection all her childhood, as though it were the cane to her lameness. But that crutch had not served her. (166)

"I, like you, decided that for the time there was no remedy but perseverance." (Ani to Talone, 284) ( )
  JennyArch | Feb 13, 2021 |
I loved this book as a middle-schooler, but having re-read it, it's still good! It's a lovely fairy tale retelling with great characters, a unique world and magic system, and a suspenseful plot. Definitely recommend! ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
I loved this book as a middle-schooler, but having re-read it, it's still good! It's a lovely fairy tale retelling with great characters, a unique world and magic system, and a suspenseful plot. Definitely recommend! ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
I loved this book as a middle-schooler, but having re-read it, it's still good! It's a lovely fairy tale retelling with great characters, a unique world and magic system, and a suspenseful plot. Definitely recommend! ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
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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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Hale, Shannonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, David Aaronsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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