Princess Academy Book Review

I’m within four books of my goal for the year, with four months left! Now I’m trying to catch up on my book reviews. We read the young adult book, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, for our last family book club. Be sure to check out our fun meeting at Arizona Mama! Several years ago this was the first Shannon Hale book I read and it made me an immediate fan. I’m glad I read it again to share it with my younger kiddos and share my book review with you.

Princess Academy by Shannon HaleMiri 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. {Amazon}

Not only do I remember the story better having read it a second time (it stinks getting old), but I saw and appreciated the depth of the story. It went from just a book with a strong feminine main character to one with many life lessons for us all, like diplomacy and seeking to understand people’s motives. And Miri’s still awesome! I couldn’t help look at myself and see how the same lessons apply to me. I give this book five slices!

Linked to Anti-Procrastination Tuesday, What’s in the Gunny Sack, I Made It! Monday and Busy Monday.

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