Book Reviews of Princess Academy (Princess Academy, Bk 1)

Princess Academy (Princess Academy, Bk 1)
Princess Academy - Princess Academy, Bk 1
Author: Shannon Hale
ISBN-13: 9781599900735
ISBN-10: 1599900734
Publication Date: 4/17/2007
Pages: 336
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 135 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Get out of a reading rut, this book is different in wonderful ways. What would girls in a remote mining community need to learn if you knew the next princess would be one of these girls? This imaginary country set up a princess academy so that when the prince chooses a bride, whoever it is will have a background in the rudiments of diplomacy, economics, and arts. What would mining community girls DO with this knowledge, if they didn't just learn it to the level of "parroting" it back to the teacher, but really understood the power of these ideas?

The book has strong characters, intriguing plot twists, and touches of the supernatural handled in a way that brings up interpersonal issues. Shall we treat folks differently if they can't tune in to the supernatural? I typically prefer realistic settings, as the real world is really interesting enough, but hats off to the author for using it both for novelty and for theme. Shannon Hale's writing style is inviting and fluid. This book is irresitable.
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Helpful Score: 2
Miri feels left out in the life of her village, kept out of the quarry by her over-protective father. Then a chance of a lifetime comes along - the chance to be a princess. Will Miri be the chosen girl?

This book shows girls that everyone has talents and gifts, even if they are not immediately noticeable. Miri goes from being a quiet, lonely girl to an important part of her community; maybe the most important part. My students love this book, and so do I!
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a cute story I "pre-read" for my girls and really enjoyed reading it in the process. It is kind of fun to think of living a whole different life like she does.
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Helpful Score: 2
Princess Academy is a great read: the characters are interesting, their problems are interesting, and their methods of meeting challenges are interesting. All fiction gives children access to the world, insights into others' hopes, worries, and actions and that's a particular strength of this book. Yes, their world has some features not found in our world (so if you prefer realistic fiction to fantasy fiction go find another book). The fantasy elements of the book provide the novelty. Meanwhile there's a remarkable infusion of economics concepts and insight into oppression while we're at it. Summary: a great read with novelty provided both by fantasy elements and by offering some truely big ideas from our real world.
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Helpful Score: 1
I adored this YA book. 14-year-old Miri loves her life with her father and sister on Mount Eskel, where she spends here days taking care of their home while her sister and father work in the local quarry mining the very beautiful and rare linder stone.

Miri longs to be able to actually work in the quarry, but being born early to a mother that died six days after Miri's birth, she just isn't large enough or strong enough to the the physical work that is required.

Miri's life is about to undergo a dramatic change when the prince announces that it has been foretold that he will find his future wife on Mount Eskel. Such a twitter abounds and all girls between the ages of 13 and 18 are sent off to the Princess Academy where they are taught the fine art of being the perfect princess. The girls were excited about this until they meet their tutor, the horrible Olana who feels that it is her personal duty to torture these young women all in the name of propriety. But Miri and her band of friends have something entirely different in mind and with the help of "quarry-speech" events turn out quite differently when one of the quarry girls has a shocking confession of her own.

Though this book is suggested for ages 9 and up, I think that 9 is a bit too young and that this book would be better appreciated by girls in the 12 to 14 year age group. A little exciting and a little early romance make this a fun book to explore and to share with your daughters.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed the story line in this book. The ending was not what I had imagined, but nevertheless it was wonderful.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was not what I expected from a book about a school for prospective princesses. The girls were from a small, close-knit, hard working community. The lessons they learned were not superficial and the girls were able to use what they learned to help their own community. Miri was a great character, a strong girl who became a leader despite her own insecurities. I think she is a great role model for young girls and I look forward to when my daughter (who is now 4) is old enough to read this book.
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I loved sharing this story with my tween daughter, particularly for the scene in which Miri uses the Rules of Diplomacy. Hale weaves an engaging tale and timeless coming-of-age information together beautifully, without going "too deep." I just wish there was a study guide to go along with it. ;~)
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Great book for middle school girls and boy alike! I personnely also enjoyed. There is adventure, fantasy, romance, and humor. Made me cry, laugh, and smile. Shannon Hale is a amazing author!
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This was a nice quick read. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as magical/fluffy as I was afraid. It was a good read and I was glad to see who the Prince picked and who he didn't.
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Good, clean, innocent book! I got it to read with my daughter but ended up reading it by myself!
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Wonderful book! My 9-year old son and my husband both enjoyed it too :)
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I enjoyed this book a great deal! It was a refreshing version of the coming of age story, with interesting characters, charming plot, and a good moral lesson about forgiveness. I am looking forward to the next book!
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I adored this YA book. 14-year-old Miri loves her life with her father and sister on Mount Eskel, where she spends here days taking care of their home while her sister and father work in the local quarry mining the very beautiful and rare linder stone.

Miri longs to be able to actually work in the quarry, but being born early to a mother that died six days after Miri's birth, she just isn't large enough or strong enough to the the physical work that is required.

Miri's life is about to undergo a dramatic change when the prince announces that it has been foretold that he will find his future wife on Mount Eskel. Such a twitter abounds and all girls between the ages of 13 and 18 are sent off to the Princess Academy where they are taught the fine art of being the perfect princess. The girls were excited about this until they meet their tutor, the horrible Olana who feels that it is her personal duty to torture these young women all in the name of propriety. But Miri and her band of friends have something entirely different in mind and with the help of "quarry-speech" events turn out quite differently when one of the quarry girls has a shocking confession of her own.

Though this book is suggested for ages 9 and up, I think that 9 is a bit too young and that this book would be better appreciated by girls in the 12 to 14 year age group. A little exciting and a little early romance make this a fun book to explore and to share with your daughters.
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There are so many books about princesses, but this one is unique. I love the subtle magic of Princess Academy. It is a truly wonderful book.

"The story is much like the mountains, with 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 fairy tale, 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
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Haven't read this book. I ordered it for a friend's daughter who loves to read about princesses. I thought this sounded like just the ticket!
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Great children's book.
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My 14 year old daughter really liked this book.
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Such an awesome book. My daughter loved it.
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I kept having this feeling as I read this book that I have read it before but I couldn't figure out the ending in my memory so I read the whole thing. I liked it well enough. The idea of the academy is cool and I like what Miri did after she learned everything, especially the part about commerce. Peder is adorable too. I liked that Miri didn't exclude anyone, even when she really wanted to.
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NOT just for girls. My son really enjoyed this book.