Monday, July 16, 2007

What Mrs. N's Been Reading - Princess Academy

I just finished Shannon Hale's Princess Academy. This one has been on my "to read" list for a while. Glad I finally got around to it. It's one of those books that's kind of like The Princess Bride, in that the title makes it sound horribly girly, but it really isn't. It's about a young girl , Miri, who lives in a remote village, in which all of the people work in the nearby quarry (how un-girly can you get?) They are pretty much cut off from the rest of the kingdom, except for 3 times each year when traders venture up the mountain to bring supplies. The priests of the kingdom have determined that the prince's bride will come from Miri's village. However, they are afraid that the villagers are far too unrefined and uneducated to produce a princess without some outside intervention, so it is decreed that all of the village girls in a certain age range are to attend a "princess academy", where they will live and study for a year. Then the prince will come and choose one of them to be the next princess. The characters are wonderful (you'll find yourself cheering for some of them), and there are plenty of little twists in the plot. All in all, a very enjoyable read!

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