- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (6 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408836807
- ISBN-13: 978-1408836804
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.1 x 14.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Princess Academy Paperback – 6 Jun 2013
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A fresh approach to the traditional princess story with unexpected plot twists and great emotional resonance (Newbery Committee 2006-12-01)
Plenty of suspenseful moments that peak and fall, building into the next intense event. Each girl's story is brought to a satisfying conclusion, but this is not a fluffy, predictable fairytale, even though it has wonderful moments of humor. Instead, Hale weaves an intricate, multilayered story about families, relationships, education, and the place we call home (School Library Journal, starred review)
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 . . . an unalloyed joy (Kirkus, starred review)
New York Times bestseller and Newbery-Honor-winning novel from a gifted author to rank alongside Cornelia Funke and Eva IbbotsonSee all Product Description
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While the story recognizes deeper and larger issues such as how society views differing classes and the often overwhelming and almost hopeless struggle to achieve success (or what we believe to be success), the fairy tale nature of this book makes it charming and engaging, presenting only gentle and subtle messages.
Though this story likely will appeal mainly to girls, it is an entertaining tale for all ages and peoples. Even boys and men should be encouraged to read this book, if only to gain a greater understanding of girls and women - their hopes, dreams, reasoning, and challenges.
Ms. Hale tells a timeless tale which proves that girls never really change. Times change, and surroundings change, but girls never really change. I truly believe that "a fairy lives in every girl's heart." Having read The Princess Academy, I now also believe that every girl is a princess, even grown up girls.
J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
But for reasons her father won't say, fourteen-year old Miri is forbidden to go anywhere near the quarries, let alone work there or join in with the quarry speech that she is intrigued by. She feels left out, and wishes more than anything that she could be a part of the village tradition. So when the King's priests divine that the Prince's wife shall be found in the remote Mount Eskel, Miri is determined that if she cannot be a quarrier like the rest of her friends and family, she will try to be a Princess.
I loved this book so much, I read it in one day! I am a huge fan of Shannon Hale's books, and I think that Princess Academy is just as good as The Goose Girl and Enna Burning. I only wish it was longer! I'd give it a billion stars if I could!
The author skilfully invites the reader to examine (and question) the idea of romantic love, compatibility, social class, happiness, loyalty, and how education can improve lives. In a nutshell; a group of working class girls are sent (by royal decree) to train up so that they have the skills needed to be a princess. They learn how to read, they learn about commerce, diplomacy, dancing, and how to make polite conversation. But most importantly they learn about the outside world and are sufficiently empowered to improve their treatment in the school and their village's lot.
A book I am more than happy for my daughters to read as the heroine is strong and independent, without having to pretend she's a boy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a truly amazing book to read
It kept me hanging on the edge of my seat
I didn't want it to end
I would recommend this to ages 8-19
Really hate this book story bored me to tears have read other books far more interesting then this .Published 12 months ago by angel 105
This book is really cool. When I was reading this I could not put it down I finished it in a day and I can't wait to read the next bookPublished 12 months ago by lesley hardwick
Nice princess story tad to close to the selection trio set, better for younger readers.
I can suggest it to people who are not looking for an intense read, I personally found... Read more
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Overall i thought that it was actually a very good book, it was well written and had a very good plot and storyline. Read more
Good book disliked the ending was expecting the main character to marry the prince but that's just me.great read though.Published on 24 Dec. 2013 by rizarda
i thought this would be very mushy and girly but it had a fab story line and the characters are very likable.Published on 12 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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