Princess Academy (#1)
Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince will choose his bride from among the village girls.The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Soon Miri finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls and her own conflicting desires. Winning the contest could give her everything she ever wanted-but it would mean leaving her home and family behind.
"Shannon Hale's books reignite my love of reading--that joy of having the time of my life with a great story." --Stephenie Meyer, author of "Twilight""This is not a fluffy, predictable fairy tale . . . . Instead Hale weaves an intricate, multilayered story about families, relationships, education, and the place we call home." --"School Library Journal," starred review"The book is a fresh approach to the traditional princess story with unexpected plot twists and great emotional resonance." --2006 Newbery Committee ""Palace of Stone ." . . proves once again that with quick wit and brave words, one person really can change the world." --"School Library Journal" on "Princess Academy: Palace of Stone""Powerful and deeply engaging." --"Kirkus Reviews "on "Princess Academy: Palace of Stone"
Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor-winning and New York Times" bestselling author of the Princess Academy series; Book of a Thousand Days"; The Books of Bayern; Dangerous"; and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge" and Calamity Jack." She also wrote three novels for adults, including "Austenland," now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit Shannon online at www.shannonhale.com and on Twitter at @HaleShannon.