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Princess Academy (Princess Academy, Bk 1)
Princess Academy - Princess Academy, Bk 1
Author: Shannon Hale
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 ministe...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781599900735
ISBN-10: 1599900734
Publication Date: 4/17/2007
Pages: 336
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 136 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Princess Academy (Princess Academy, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
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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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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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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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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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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reviewed Princess Academy (Princess Academy, Bk 1) on
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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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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