[Best] Princess AcademyAuthor Shannon Hale – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

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,


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  1. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    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 andvivid 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 any, and, even if I enjoy some middle grade and younger r 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 andvivid 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 any, and, even if I enjoy some middle grade and younger reads from time to time, I will never feel the same way when reading them as I feel toward Young Adult novels, my favorite genre Why I do still read these books aimed to children is for the fluffiness, cuteness and fairytale omnipresent ambience that takes you to another dimension, one of dreams and endless possibilities Something I can rarely find in YA novels.And this happened to be a good example of a book giving me this opportunity I mean, princess stories, if they are of your taste, are wonderful to plunge into and read Miri as a heroine lacked maturity though I don t know if it is my own fault thinking that, since we obviously are not same age she is fourteen but she spoke without thinking oh so many times which equalled trouble, or in this context hand lashing and uncountable hours in the closet next to a rat I kept muttering for her to stop bluntly bursting out words and felt exasperated when she did so anyway, but that s the thing with MG novels You can t one hundred percent blame the young characters, since it s normal for them, due to their age, to make mistakes and it s usually in purpose for a character growth, which we very much could observe in this story.I ve read three Shannon Hale books so far The Storybook of Legends, The Goose Girl, Austenland and I realized that her style varies depending of the genre and type of book she is writing Probably, if you enjoyed the first two, you will feel the same for Princess Academy But if you ve only read Austenland, then you will find that this book is written differently with reason and a thank god muttered because Austenland was just a poorly written and confusing book I couldn t even finish it But the movie was enjoyable recommended The romance lovely presented istelf I m rarely into situations in which a character is in love with her his best friend but the author managed to make this one not sound clich or annoyingly cheesy They were good together and the chemistry evident This is not a book for everyone but it was short and sweet and actually not that predictable Sure, many situations made it easy for us to foresee their outcome, but some others contained plenty of surprises What I loved most about this book was the lyrical writing and relationship between Miri and Britta, whom she misjudged quite too quickly, and her own sister, Marda Incidentally, it was good to see original names for the characters Beautiful art source


  2. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    The Princess Academy is a favorite comfort read, and a delightful older middle grade younger YA fantasy, nominated for the 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 have mystically d The Princess Academy is a favorite comfort read, and a delightful older middle grade younger YA fantasy, nominated for the 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 have mystically divined that the prince is to marry a girl from their village The king s ministers, appalled that their prince needs to marry a rough and unsophisticated village girl, set up an academy, a day s hike down the mountain from the village, and force all the marriageable teenage girls in the village to go live there and be intensely tutored for a year, at which point the prince will arrive in great pomp, there will be a formal dance, and he ll choose his bride Yay Most of the story follows Miri and the other village girls as they deal with a harsh, cold head mistress of the academy, and the competition between them to be the head of the class which earns you the best dress at the princess ball, plus some other perks Miri deeply wants to be at the top of the class, but she s also conflicted because of her feelings for a boy back in the village.What I love about this book is that it s aboutthan just a competition to win the attention and heart of the prince It s also about friendship, the importance of education, and being a strong person and true to your heart There s some magic in it, though it s fairly subtle Highly recommended Read this instead of The Selection unless your main interest is in teen makeout scenes


  3. Beth Beth says:

    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 probably on 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 probably only admit this through the relative anonymity of the Internet Seriously Princess Academy What am I, eleven Oh well This book is written for children Nevertheless, the writing was terrific I didn t feel like I was being led by the hand through the whole story, as some children s writing might must be one of the reasons it became a Newbury Honor book I thought the pacing was perfect key pieces of information were given a little at a time It is fairy tale ish, and happy endings abound, but none of those endings even the romance ended up being sickeningly unrealistic.I loved the themes of this book education as a key to opportunity, diplomacy to work through problems, kindness to all even when they don t seem to deserve it which leads to empathy and understanding.One of my favorite books I ve read this year, hands down


  4. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    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 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 myself extending my walks and slowing my driving just to continue listening to this excellent full cast audio My only complaint was that the main narrator read a little too slowly, I really wanted her to speed it up a bit Overall, a great experience I will definitely readof Shannon Hale s books when I am in a mood for a nice fairy tale.Reading challenge 1 P


  5. HT Goodwill HT Goodwill says:

    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 saywithout 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 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 saywithout giving away the ending that the author threw into the story to avoid a painful conflict between the characters.2 The culture of the mountain village and the kingdom as a whole was not developed enough there was a lot of good potential here On the other hand3 What culture was discussed permeated the story Things like quarry singing , holding hands, and twirling the miri flowers to name a few were present throughout the story, lending the culture a consistancy.4 However, the absolute BEST aspect of this book is the over all theme on the value of education It was wonderful to see the education the girls received transforming their lives and the lives of their families Further, I loved how the principle characters recognized the impact and determined to continue pursuing and sharing it.Despite the two negative comments above, please don t misconstrue my review for a negative one As I said before, this book wasn t really wriiten for me Were I an adolescent girl this probably would rate 5 stars I think my daughters will thoroughly enjoy reading the book when they get older I know I will recommend it to them and I highly recommend the book for any adolescent girls you may know


  6. Diane Diane says:

    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 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 rights of others What I especially liked is how the author emphasized education Miri finds a way to use her new knowledge to help her family and the village.By the end of the book, it didn t really matter who became princess, because Miri had found her purpose in life.Highly recommended for anyone who wants a delightful dose of girl power


  7. Sherwood Smith Sherwood Smith says:

    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 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 grow, even if lightly sketched in I loved the evolution of Miri s assumptions often driven by anger and hurt and how she would immediately catch herself when perceiving others anger and hurt, and her attempts to communicate rather than brood for chapters over misunderstandings.I also loved how the girls decided how to deal with the prince coming to choose one of them before he came, and how everything resolved And the touches of magic were subtle and fun Such a lovely book


  8. Shannon (Giraffe Days) Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    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, 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, Peder and wishes on the little miri flowers that she was named after to be allowed to work with everyone else in the quarry.But everything changes the day the traders arrive for the last time before winter, bringing with them an official from the capital of Dunland a messenger from the King It has long been a tradition that the priests name the city from which the prince and heir to the throne must choose his bride This time, causing great shock amongst the noble families of Dunland, the priests have named Mount Eskel so overlooked it s not even considered a province of Dunland.And so, further down the mountain in an abandoned stone manor house, the Princess Academy is established Usually a formality, this time the girls aged thirteen to seventeen really must be trained taught to read and write, how to walk and talk, about history and geography, diplomacy and economics.Most of the girls don t want to become princess, and their families need them back in the village and quarry, but even so, competition sparks amongst them Who will be princess Could Miri, who does so well at her studies and was able to make the prince smile, be the one And what about Peder Yet when a threat comes to the Academy, curtseys and platitudes won t save them only wits, mountain strength and Miri s determination.This is the first Hale book I ve read, and arguably her most popular one It wasn t what I expected, but really it was better than I expected It s one of those quiet fantasy books, like General Winston s Daughter nothing showy, no loud magic tricks or evil sorcerers or that tedious battle between good and evil yawn It also didn t follow those boring fantasy clich s that so many authors seem to enjoy perpetuating a patriarchal social structure, for instance Men and women work alongside each other in the quarry, and respect each other Gender doesn t come into it I got the impression that, despite classic hierarchies and class divisions, the rest of Dunland is much the same The setting still had that typical medieval flavour, but with new angles and greater equality Since it s Fantasy, not historical fiction, this is precisely the kind of thing I want to see and don t get enough of The story is also disarmingly simple in its style the prose has that lovely, unburdened quality that s usual in YA and Children s fiction no fancy adjectives, no heavy handed descriptions, no long winded paragraphs light on its feet, detailed and yet deceptively straight forward Perfect for its target age group 9 12 but just as enjoyable for the rest of us.I loved Miri she was a sympathetic character, a resourceful, intelligent, spirited girl you could really admire She makes a great role model The other girls weren t as fleshed out as I d have liked, but their characters still came through in small ways The plot wasn t predictable, and the ending was very sweet I also loved the small role economics plays in the story, not to mention the power an education gives you Miri uses her hard won knowledge from the Academy to improve her village s ability to trade, thus improving the quality of life on the mountain as well as their bargaining power See, it s educational as well as a fun read


  9. Tamora Pierce Tamora Pierce says:

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


  10. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Read for my 2018 women of speculative fiction challenge.No wolf falters before the bite, so strike.No hawk wavers before the dive, so swing.No sun pauses before the set, just strike.No rain delays before the fall, just swing In my most drastic tonal shift to date, we will be going from talking about The Poppy War to discussing Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, a 2006 nominee for the Newbery Medal Am I just using this reading project as an excuse to revisit the books that I read obsessively as Read for my 2018 women of speculative fiction challenge.No wolf falters before the bite, so strike.No hawk wavers before the dive, so swing.No sun pauses before the set, just strike.No rain delays before the fall, just swing In my most drastic tonal shift to date, we will be going from talking about The Poppy War to discussing Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, a 2006 nominee for the Newbery Medal Am I just using this reading project as an excuse to revisit the books that I read obsessively as a child YOU KNOW IT So What s It About Miri s people have lived on Mount Askel for generations, quarrying rich stone for trade with the kingdom that lies below The simplicity of life in her village is shattered when word comes that the king s priests have divined that the prince s bride will be one of the village girls In response, every teenage girl in the village must leave her family to attend an academy intended to prepare them for the possibility of becoming princess At the academy Miri will have to confront how big the world truly is and how little she knows of it, all the while struggling to find her place with the other girls and fighting the prejudice of her instructor Does she even want to be princess if it means leaving her beloved mountain home What I Thought The F WordI m actually starting to dread the day when I re read a classic from my childhood and it ends up disappointing me I ve been extremely lucky so far or maybe Little Charlotte had excellent taste in books because Princess Academy stands up just as well as Ella Enchanted, Dealing with Dragons and The Hero and the Crown For all the emphasis that is put upon the girls preparing themselves to meet the prince, it s fascinating just how incidental he ends up being in the grand scheme of the story More than anything, this is actually a story about the doors that are opened by access to good education The prize that Miri wins at the end of the story is not a prince s love it is confidence, the ability to negotiate and advocate for herself and her village, and the chance to stand up against the exploitation that is being enacted against her people From the start, Miri is very aware of the way her people are stigmatized and judged for being simple mountain people and as she grows in knowledge and self esteem her desire to fight against this unfairness only growsThe prince is also fairly tangential to Miri s story because the most important relationships in the books are the bonds that form between all of the academy girls The importance and power of female friendship, support and communication in this book really cannot be overstated, and while there is a lot of competition between them especially in the start of the book, nearly all of the girls gradually learn that the most important thing is to support each other so they can all succeed One of my favorite scenes in this regard is the scene where they all use quarry speak to help each other with an exam so that they can go back to the village for a holiday.Just as Miri is instrumental in the push to better her village with the education the girls receive, she is also instrumental in the development of this sisterhood between the girls, but in the beginning of the book she is something of an outcast amongst them because her disability prevents her from working with them in the mines Hale does an excellent job of presenting Miri s insecurity, shame and secret feelings of being useless, and it is an absolute joy to see the delicacy with which she explores the shame in particular Miri projects her own inner shame onto the people of the village, assuming that they think her just as useless as she thinks she is, and because she never talks about there is no chance for her to realize that her assumptions are in fact without basis It s a wonderfully done examination of the way that shame perpetuates itself through silence and isolation, and I think one of the book s greatest triumphs is when Miri is finally able to break through that shame to connect genuinely with others.I love Miri for her cleverness, courage, vulnerability and humor and I love all of the girls of the academy, from shy fellow outcast Britta to Katar, the mean girl of the group Consistently nasty as she is to Miri, it is ultimately revealed that her unkindness and competitiveness come from her fierce unhappiness on the mountain and her desperate desire to know other placesI want to be somebody else and see other things And now I never will Miri shivered at a breeze coming up from the valley All her life she had seen herself as the only lonesome thing in the world, but now even Katar seemed but a small child lost on a far hill As ever, Miri is an agent of change and encourages Princess to be Britta to bring Katar down the mountain as a court representative of the mountain people Miri knowsthan ever that her mountain is home, but now she has the tools to help make that home flourishthan ever It s a lovely ending to a lovely book, and as I just recently discovered that there are two sequels, you may have to listen to me talk about them sometime in the near future.About the Author from MacmillanShannon Hale s mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering endlessly in her carriage as the two strolled through the neighborhood once she could form complete sentences, she made up stories, bribing her younger siblings to perform them in mini plays When she was ten, she began writing books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine, and she continued writing secretly for years while pursuing acting in stage and improv comedy After detours studying in Mexico, the U K., and Paraguay, Shannon earned a bachelor s degree in English from the University of Utah and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana In the interim, she submitted short stories and novels to magazines and publishers, saving all her rejection letters which she has since laminated into one continuous 60 foot roll which she proudly unfurls to audiences as a testament to her dedication and determination Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller Shannon has also written books for adults, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife Shannon lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean, their children, and their pet, a small plastic pig