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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, 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.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published on April 17, 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
ISBN-10: 1599900734
ISBN-13: 9781599900735
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  • bookworm890
    bookworm890Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:40 pm55 stars
    Shannon Hale introduces Miri, a simple mountain girl who tends to goats while everyone else works in the quarry. But when her village is drawn for the prince's bride, she and the other eligible girls must be prepared to be his choice. Miri learns the true meaning of strength in a beautiful, detailed world where hidden dangers lurk.
    • catface173
      catface173Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm44 stars
      I love this author. I really like the ever after high book ( Storybook of Legends) that she wrote. Please editor will you next year add ever after high books to the prize list
      • casgirl
        casgirlTuesday, September 22, 2015 at 12:52 pm55 stars
        this one was really awesome , and I really liked it . she was really daring and brave . I think you should really read it .
        • readwriter
          readwriterFriday, September 18, 2015 at 6:45 pm55 stars
          This is about a girl named Miri, after the beautiful flower that conquered stone. Born and raised on Mount Eskel, Miri stays home to take care of the goats and do the trading for the family while her sister and father work in the Linder Quarry. One day, a man from the castle in the Lowlands comes and announces that the priests have said the prince's bride would come from Mt. Eskel. All the girls of Mt. Eskel from ages 14-17 are required to go to a Princess Academy to learn how to be a princess. The teacher is very strict and Miri has a hard time getting through the day. But as the winter goes on, Miri discovers something very useful and, with it, gets through the year. But that was only half the trouble. When the prince leaves without choosing a bride, and takes the guards with him, will Miri, the teacher, and the rest of the girls be able to protect themselves from the unknown danger lurking outside the walls of the Princess Academy?
          • sgand1
            sgand1Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 3:37 pm55 stars
            I absolutely love this book. It shows how your life can be changed in a split second and how your future will always prevail. I can describe this book in one way; inspiring. Must read it
            • lemonade11
              lemonade11Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm
              This book is about a girl named Miri who lives on Mount Eskel. Her life is suddenly changed when she goes to the new academy for girls under 18, to learn how to be a princess. While Miri is at school, she finds herself in competition to all the other girls. Being a very small 14 year old doesn't help that problem. The teacher Osana is very hard on the girls. Punishments include being slapped in the hands with a stick and being put in a closet that has mice in it. Even with all that happening danger comes to the academy and it is open to Miri to save them!😀😁😀😁😀
              • sweetums
                sweetumsThursday, September 10, 2015 at 1:20 pm44 stars
                this book is so great! im not too far into the book but i absolutely love it. this book is so cute and fun. defiantly read it
                • ellar
                  ellarFriday, August 14, 2015 at 2:02 pm22 stars
                  It was kind of fun to listen to my mom read it to me. It was about girls who were learning to be princesses to marry the prince.
                  • sadier
                    sadierFriday, August 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm44 stars
                    great book confusing at times but also sad sweet and romantic at others. my mom read this too the whole family and we all loved it. definently would read again.
                    • ijzhang
                      ijzhangThursday, August 13, 2015 at 7:54 am55 stars
                      I really like Princess Academy. It's about this girl named Miri who lives in a small village on a mountain called Mount Eskel. Suddenly, her life is forever changed when all the Mount Eskel girls are sent to an academy to compete and prepare for royal life. But when danger arrives, Miri must find a way to save her friends and her village's future. It's a really captivating book, and I recommend it.