Princess Academy 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

  • Title: Princess Academy
  • Author: Shannon Hale
  • ISBN: 9781599900735
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, aMiri 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.Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

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    1. 3.5 stars. If only…If only my eleven-year-old younger self had read this book. I know she would’ve shrieked with happiness at holding Princess Academy against her innocent little heart. Miri and younger Lola might’ve shared a stronger and more vivid level of connection and this latter probably would’ve eagerly pressed five stars as rating. (Well, it certainly isn’t every day that I refer to myself in the 3rd person.)But I’m not eleven anymore, and, even if I enjoy some middle grade a [...]

    2. AUGUST 2012: Just re-read (technically re-listened) to this one in anticipation of the sequel coming out this month. Loved this book all over again!---MAY 2007: So the latest books I’ve read I haven’t exactly enjoyed. I mean, I do finish them and everything, so they must have been okay, but it’s not like I was ever reaching for my book multiple times a day, binging on pages. I’ve kind of missed that.But all that changed with Princess Academy! Seriously — I loved this book.(I should pro [...]

    3. Sometimes you just want to take a break from endless angst and sexual tension of currently popular both adult and YA books and read something light and inoffensive. "Princess Academy" is an excellent choice for this purpose. Although this is an obviously children's book, it is not silly or overly simplistic. The fairy tale is very imaginative and teaches many valuable lessons (importance of education is among many of them), but never in a preachy way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found mys [...]

    4. Overall, the book was well written and appropriate for a young adolescent audience. It was certainly not written for someone in my demographic!I enjoyed a number of aspects of this book and also a few disappointements. Specifically,1) The resolution of the primary conflict (who gets to be the princess) felt too much like a plot-device (I can't say more without giving away the ending) that the author threw into the story to avoid a painful conflict between the characters.2)The culture of the moun [...]

    5. $1.99 Kindle sale - 12/7/16This is a favorite comfort read, and a delightful older middle grade/younger YA fantasy that was nominated for a 2006 Newbery Award. Miri is a teenage girl living in a small, simple mountain village, where everyone makes a living quarrying a lovely marble rock that is found only on their mountain. It's a sometimes harsh life, with everyone kind of scraping to get by, but filled with love and close friendships. One day the simple life ends: the priests of their country [...]

    6. Every now and then I like to read a good children's book, especially if it has a smart heroine. Princess Academy was perfect reading for a Sunday afternoon. It tells the story of Miri, a 14-year-old girl living on a mountain that mines a valuable stone. One day, it's announced that the prince will choose his next princess from Miri's village, and all of the girls are sent to an academy to be educated. Miri is a spunky girl: she studies hard, she tries to make friends and she stands up for the ri [...]

    7. The linder quarries on Mount Eskel make for hard labour, but the villagers who mine it wouldn't trade their life for anything. The linder stone takes skill to extract in whole blocks from the mountainside, and its qualities enable them to converse without speaking.Fourteen year old Miri wants nothing so much as to join her father and older sister in the quarry. But she's small, and her father has forbidden her to set foot in the quarry. Instead, Miri tends the goats; teases her childhood friend, [...]

    8. Had a very long drive ahead of me yesterday, so took this lovely book along to reread it.It was never very surprising to this old reader; I could see the plot turns coming a few chapters before they did, but the true pleasure is in the relationships of the families in the mountain village where Miri lives, and of course the relationships of the girls as they develop.This reading, I appreciated how Hale takes the time to give all the girls at least some personality, and some chance to change and [...]

    9. I really liked it when the girls started pulling together and thinking past the fairytale, deciding that was in their best interest.

    10. Confession: I waited too long to read this book. The little snatches of writing style I had seen didn’t look that good, and the description gave me the suspicion that it would be The Same Old Story. I was happily wrong and discovered one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read. ;) The worldbuilding was really good and not too bizarre. It felt almost like somewhere straight out of Alps with hardworking, friendly (if slightly quarrelsome) neighbors. I loved the descriptions of the desolately beau [...]

    11. This was such a wonderful fairytale read!A prince, selecting a girl to marry! The Selection? Read this instead! Experience a fantastic adventure to knowledge and True Love with small but Terrible Miri! FULL REVIEW TO COME!

    12. This might sound weird, but I have to admit that what attracted me to this book in the first place was that almost every major character was a girl. (Oddly enough, the bad guys are all male, but that is totally beside the point--I do NOT mean to give the impression that this is a girls vs. guys thing, because it's not! --just a random thought that spontaneously occurred to me.)I mean, as a girl who grew up constantly reading stories about boys, it shouldn't be too surprising that I'd eventually [...]

    13. I read this all in one day, guys. Seriously. Okay, so I read twelve pages of it this morning Also, is it already June??? WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN???The Good-The characters. Oh my gravy, Peder. Can I just steal him? And Miri and Britta and Knut Bascially, I just want to kidnap all the characters.-The setting. Basically, the setting was just plain awesome. I WANNA MOVE TO MOUNT ESKEL.-Linder/Quarry-speech. That was sooo awesome. From the blurb, I wasn't even expecting that. But then again, I'm not sur [...]

    14. Miri just wants to make her father proud and be like all Mount Eskel's people mining its beautiful stone. But when an opportunity for her to be a Princess is forced on their people, can she refuse? Or will this new path change her life forever?I LOVED this middle grade book. Though it's not written with a Christian world-view, it almost had an Esther-type retelling. Shannon Hale did a great job at bringing a clean respect to God in this book. Even having faithful rest days, which I very much app [...]

    15. I've been reading this to my 8.5 year old daughter at night before bed. She is eating it up - and I am too. In fact - I read ahead just to see what happens. . SHHHHHHHH.Though the title is appropriate, I'm afraid that some people will not pick up this book because they think it is froofy and shallow. . 'Tis not. The protagonist is a real, rich character with an inner life and traits both admirable and unfortunate. The world she lives in is believable and complex economically and socially, and wi [...]

    16. I thought this book would be cute, fun, and kind of similar to The Selection. Unfortunately, it was really boring. No action, no adventure, and definitely not enough romance. Even for a children's book, this still felt really flat. It was well-written, certainly, but it just didn't hold my interest.

    17. I found this to be a very pleasant story. I’m not exactly sure why some people hate it and a lot of people unreservedly adore it but I did enjoy it, a lot.I loved the little poems at the start of each chapter; they gave such a good feel for this mountain community and its people. I was completely charmed by this culture and its people.There is a very inspiring main protagonist and most of the characters were interesting. I really liked Miri (the main character) and her spunk and her ingenuity, [...]

    18. cronicasdesdelancre.c¡Menudo sorpresón! me ha ENCANTADO. ¡No os dejéis engañar por el horrible título! He disfrutado de cada página, de ese tono suave y como de cuento de hadas que tiene, del alegato a favor de la educación, de las chicas rudas y de las inteligentes… En fin, una historia que a pesar de ser previsible me ha mantenido con la sonrisa en los labios durante sus 300 páginas.¡Quiero más! :)

    19. Imagínense algo como La selección, pero sin romance y bien escrito :)No me mató, pero me gustó, toca temas un poco raros para un middle grade (¡economía? WTF), pero también tiene un lindo mensaje de amistad y ser uno mismo.

    20. This was one of the first (contemporary-written) fantasies I ever read, and I was swept away. Fantasy isn't my favorite genre, but I still found this story fascinating.

    21. When I read “Rapunzel’s Revenge” and “Calamity Jack,” I became more interested into Shannon Hale’s works and “Princess Academy” was certainly no exception! “Princess Academy” is a Newbery Honor Book from the imaginative mind of Shannon Hale and it is about a fourteen year old girl named Miri who is taken away from her family to be taught how to be a princess in a princess academy, while trying hard to accomplish the goal of being the academy princess. “Princess Academy” i [...]

    22. I think this may be my favorite Shannon Hale book.The writing style is very much like her other YA books (Goose Girl, Enna Burning, & River Secrets). Also it shares the "speaking" theme. What I love most about Princess Academy is the growth the characters experience. Miri began as a scrawny quarry girl who didn't know her place in the world. She developed into a brave, intellegent girl who knows her heart. The road of growth is deep in plot and emotion which makes of a very meaningful and to [...]

    23. Review originally posted on A Reader of Fictions.On the surface, Princess Academy seems a silly tale, a story of a Prince choosing a bride, an obvious read-a-like for Kiera Cass' The Selection. Of course, that is the crux of the story: the prince of Danland is to choose his bride from among the twenty girls of the proper age in Mount Eskel, a small territory town full of quarriers. The girls are required to spend a year in training for the Prince's coming. However, Princess Academy is so much mo [...]

    24. I really liked this book! I was assuming it would be something well, maybe more "Disney" due to the title (not to knock Disney, love their animated movies), but instead it was a thoughtful and genuinely touching story of a brave kid dealing with societal obstacles and winning the day with kindness and resolve. Really enjoyed this.

    25. (warning: spoilers)Ok, so I hate it when people hype up a book so much that there's no way you can ever enjoy it. That's what happened to this book. Everyone told me I would love it so much, and so when I read it I was, I couldn't help but bedisappointed. It was good, don't get me wrong! I enjoyed it. I read it fast, it was a book that I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. But I found it to be very predictable and it felt very confining. She mentioned that the mountain was beautifu [...]

    26. This book is really seriously a great one!! I love how there is so much to the story and how you never want to put it down!!!

    27. I can’t tell you how much I’ve heard about this book. A lot. Let’s just say a lot.Between one of the sweet girls I babysit raving about it and the nearly 90 friends here on that have shelved this book, I’ve known about this series for a while. Since I have read Shannon Hale’s Ever After High books and liked those decently well, I went ahead and got this trilogy. Opinion Time: I have to say, this first book was cute.There were three main thoughts I had while reading this bestseller: (1 [...]

    28. Old review written in 2008 or something like a million years ago:Everyone who has been or is a teenager has to admit it: one of the most trial times of your life is in your mid- and early teens. If you think about it, these are the times when you have the most conflicts in your life--those with family, friends, neighbors, and probably the greatest, with yourself. Young adult fiction writer Shannon Hale takes a look at these same conflicts. Though the main character of the novel Princess Academy [...]

    29. Originally reviewed here.Unfortunately, Princess Academy is one of those books for which my enjoyment suffered because of the format I chose. Now, I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy Princess Academy, I most certainly did, but I would also almost certainly have enjoyed it more had I read it. The audiobook of Princess Academy was produced by Full Cast Audio, and like their name, they use a full cast to read their books. Instead of a book narrated from different perspectives using various narrators [...]

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