Goose Chase

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Her name is Alexandria Aurora Fortunato, and she is as lovely as the dawn. But that is only one of her problems. There's also the matter of those three magical gifts of treasure bestowed on her by a mysterious old woman. And King Claudio the Cruel wants to marry her for her beauty and her wealth, and so does his rival, Prince Edmund of Dorloo. Those are two more problems. And, worst of all, she is locked in a tower, with a grille of iron bars and several hundred tons of stone between her and freedom. Some days ...
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Overview

Her name is Alexandria Aurora Fortunato, and she is as lovely as the dawn. But that is only one of her problems. There's also the matter of those three magical gifts of treasure bestowed on her by a mysterious old woman. And King Claudio the Cruel wants to marry her for her beauty and her wealth, and so does his rival, Prince Edmund of Dorloo. Those are two more problems. And, worst of all, she is locked in a tower, with a grille of iron bars and several hundred tons of stone between her and freedom. Some days Alexandria wishes she looked like a pickled onion. Clearly the only thing to do is escape — and, with the aid of her twelve darling goose companions, that's precisely what Alexandria does.

So begins the adventure of Patrice Kindl's beguiling heroine. Her flight will take her to strange lands and lead her into perilous situations, all of which the plucky Alexandria views with a wry and witty spirit. Here is a sprightly tale of magic and romance, in which those geese play a most surprising role.

Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses, and other dangers, before learning exactly who she is.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Kindl once again takes flight, drawing on a wealth of fairy tale lore, this time proffering an engaging gaggle of a dozen geese and the orphaned Goose Girl who tends them," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 10-14. (Oct.) ~ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kindl (Owl in Love) once again takes flight, this time proffering an engaging gaggle of a dozen geese and the orphaned Goose Girl who tends them. Eschewing a "once upon a time" opening, the spunky narrator sets the novel's tone: "What do I care for custom? 'Tis my own story I am telling and I will tell it as I please." Goose Girl addresses the audience from the high tower in which she is trapped by a king and prince (from dueling kingdoms), both of whom covet her hand, her golden tresses (which yield gold dust) and her tears (which turn to diamonds), not to mention her beauty the latter three were gifts from a mysterious old woman to whom the girl showed some kindness. Luckily, her 12 charges evade the royals and organize their keeper's rescue. Kindl draws on a wealth of fairy tale lore to describe what follows. The geese deposit Goose Girl in a dilapidated cottage, where a trio of ogresses reside and promptly take her captive; the prince tracks her down, and Baba Yaga fans will recognize a few of the heroine's tricks that help her escape. Next, Goose Girl and the prince are cast into a dungeon belonging to an ally of the aforementioned king (that initial high tower of entrapment is not the only reference to Rapunzel Goose Girl's hair here comes to her aid). Those familiar with the Brothers Grimm's "The Six Swans" may not be surprised by the ending, but it's how Kindl gets there, tying up all loose ends along the way, that will hold readers' attention. Ages 10-14. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
"A hard beginning maketh a good ending." This proverb begins the story of Alexandria Auroxa Fortunate, or as her suitors call her, the Goose Girl. The orphaned Goose Girl is in an awkward position indeed. After doing a good deed for an old hag, Alexandria finds herself transformed. She is flawlessly lovely, she cries diamonds rather than tears, and combing her hair produces showers of gold dust. Her beauty and wealth attract unwanted attention from the evil king of Gilboa and bumbling Prince Edmund of Dorloo, whereas she merely wants to return to her uncomplicated world of tending her twelve wondrous geese. The geese, however, have other ideas. They fly Alexandria away from the tower where her suitors have imprisoned her. Subsequent misadventures include encounters with two hideous ogresses and a heartless empress, until Alexandria finally learns her true identity as well as the identity of her geese, when she dons crown jewels that had once belonged to her own family. Fans of Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (HarperCollins, 1997/VOYA August 1997), Margaret Peterson Haddix's Just Ella (Simon & Schuster, 1999/VOYA December 1999), or any of Donna Jo Napoli's retold fairy tales should thoroughly enjoy this humorous and fast-moving tale. The proverbs that open each chapter will amuse the more sophisticated teen reader as will the clever dialogue. Like the protagonist in Kindl's earlier work, Owl in Love (Houghton, 1993/VOYA December 1993), Alexandria is a feisty heroine whose witty comments on her fortunes, misfortunes, and companions will entertain teen readers looking for a tale of enchantments and fun. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses;Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Houghton Mifflin, 224p, Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Mary Ann Darby SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
Children's Literature
Alexandria Aurora Fortunato is a fourteen-year-old orphan girl who only wants to take care of her beloved geese. But a beggar lady has bestowed magical powers upon Alexandria, which has attracted the attentions of a prince and a king from neighboring lands. When the Goose Girl cries, her tears turn into diamonds; when she brushes her hair, gold dust falls to the ground. While the prince is simply daft, the king is villainous, making Alexandria fear for her life. Escaping the tower where her would-be suitors have held her captive, Goose Girl encounters many adventures, including being held captive by three ogresses and a jealous baroness. The prince catches up to Goose Girl, proving that he is not quite the dolt Alexandria made him out to be. Together they defeat various enemies, only to discover a magical surprise from the darling geese that have followed them. There are castles, dungeons and magic aplenty here. Goose Girl's hair accomplishes amazing feats that would turn Rapunzel green with envy. School-age children who haven't yet had their fill of fairy tales might enjoy this book, which is targeted toward intermediate readers. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, $15.00. Ages 8 to 10. Reviewer: Christopher Moning
KLIATT
This is a fairy tale that does lead the reader on a merry chase—filled with clever puns just like the title. Because in fact, the Goose Girl who is the heroine of the story escapes an evil king and a stupid prince with the help of her faithful geese, 12 in all, of course. The Goose Girl, aka Alexandria Aurora Fortunato, is a resourceful, impatient person, used to her independence and sometimes blind in her stubbornness. She is altogether a likable heroine. Her chase takes her into deadly dangers, for instance the lair of ogresses who imprison her after she talks them out of killing and eating her. She manages to outsmart them, forestalling her death and even protecting the aforementioned prince when he turns up to rescue her. They manage an escape from those horrors but soon are captured by an evil baroness who puts them into a dungeon. Alexandria finds a way out of that, of course, and the chase is on once more: down a river and straight into the arms of the soldiers of the evil king. At the end of the chase, on the eve of Alexandria's wedding to the horrible king, the enchantment is broken and all truths are revealed. Let me say again, this is basically a witty romp, an absurd tale that will amuse readers who like such entertainments. The vocabulary is challenging, as is Alexandria's intelligence, so it isn't exactly for the remedial reader. There are so many wonderful details, each more absurd than the last, and describing them in a review doesn't really give a good sense of how this craziness works as a whole. Something different for YA readers, a story many will enjoy. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, 214p,99-35595, $15.00. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
From The Critics
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl, tells the story of a girl named Alexandria Aurora Fortunato and her twelve geese. Kindl also wrote Owl in Love (Houghton Mifflin, 1993) and The Woman in the Wall (Houghton Mifflin, 1997). Both of these books won many awards. Goose Chase starts with Alexandria being locked in a tower by Prince Edmund of Dorloo, who wants to marry her and to keep her safe from King Claudio the Cruel, who also wants to marry her. She doesn't want to marry either one. Alexandria is in this fix because when she was a little girl she was blessed with three gifts: she was as beautiful as the dawn; her tears were diamonds, and when she brushed her hair, gold dust fell. These gifts are problems because the king wants her for her riches, and the prince wants her because she is beautiful. One day, her geese rescue her when she comes to the top of the tower to think. They put her on a feather bed to fly her home but get confused on the way and take her to the cottage of Tessa, Lucinda, and Nellie—three ogresses instead. The ogresses tie up Alexandria by her long, golden hair. She must serve as their maid. Then they capture the prince, and he and Alexandria escape when she asks her hair to please untie itself. Alexandria and the prince are soon caught by the king's soldiers and sent to his dungeons with no chance of survival—until Alexandria asks her hair for help again. This time, she asks it to grow and grow so they can climb out of the dungeon. In a matter of hours they are out, but Alexandria soon finds herself betrothed to the king. How does this happen? You will have to read the book to find the answer. Goose Chase is a wild goose chase filled with surprises. The story teaches younot to give up and always to have a plan. I think teenage girls will like this book because of the romance and adventure and because Alexandria does manage to have a happy life even without marrying a prince or a king. Maybe boys will like it, too. 2001, Houghton Mifflin, 224 pages,
— Jordan Horvath
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-When an orphaned Goose Girl gives bread to an old beggar woman, the hag rewards her with a spell that makes her beautiful and rich, with her tears crystallizing into diamonds and gold dust falling from her hair. The desirable young woman then attracts a tyrannical king and a seemingly dim-witted prince, both of whom want to marry her. Determined to stay single, Alexandria Aurora Fortunato endures imprisonment in a tower; an escape that finds her in the valley of the grave-stealing, cannibalistic yet bumbling ogresses; and other dangers before she learns that she is a princess and that the 12 geese she tended are, in fact, her sisters. Her many adventures, while amusing, bog down the story a bit, leaving readers ready for a resolution. Still, Alexandria is a witty, feisty, no-nonsense feminist, and her tale is told with tongue in cheek and lots of laugh-out-loud humor. While the story bares only slight resemblance to the classic "Goose Girl," other tales are added to the mix: the girl's magical hair grows very long and she wears glass slippers. Kindl's writing is full of imagery and alliteration, and is peppered with old-fashioned and nonsense words that add to the fun. With its touch of romance, this coming-of-age story will appeal to teens who enjoy fantasy based on fairy tales.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142302088
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,420,354
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrice Kindl's first novel, Owl in Love, was an ALA Notable Book for Children, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and an SCBWI Golden Kite Award Honor Book. She lives in Middleburgh, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    One of my favs

    Very good if you are into prince/princess/fantasy stuff. If you like this you might like princess academy (not sure if i spelled that right) but i really liked it. Dont you wish sometimes if you could auctully like in a story? Well this is one of my dream stories. Oh, and there are many twists and suprises in this story. LOVE IT!!!!!

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    FUN!!!

    FUN!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Book

    I havnot read it yet, but ihave herd about it. I think itis good from what i heard. I wouldhave bought it, if it didnot cost so much!

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

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    Fun read!

    This book is so good! Originating from a Grimm fairytale it was changed to a funny and engaging story. This girl was no normal princess-actually she wasn't even a princess!!! This story mixes up Rupunzel and the 7 geese to create a fun filled fairytale. The heroin in this story is kind to an elderly witch and is given the gift of beauty along with the normal golden hair that princesses have except that her hair sheds gold...This makes her sought after by two kingdoms both who want her to provide for their kingdoms through marrige...little do they know she is no normal girl wanting to be carried off by a handsom prince... This story had me laughing and I can't remember any suggestive content.This is a great book for girls of all ages!

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    REALLY amazing.

    This book is literally hand in hand with my favorite book, Twilight, it's THAT good.
    It's constantly going, you'll never be bored. Every moment in the book is action packed, and filled with romance and fantasy. She faces all sorts of (physical) obstacles like ogresses, and jail, and she falls in love, and she solves family mysteries, etc. I read it two years ago, and I've read it (literally) four times since then. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially fans of twilight.

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

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    A fantastic read!!

    I absolutely adored this book! The story was unique and the characters were charming (Welll some of them). Although I thought that maybe there should have been an epilogue to continue the ending but other than that it was a great book.

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

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    Reviewed by Safia Abdul for TeensReadToo.com

    Many would think Alexandria Aurora Fortunato to be blessed. She is not only extraordinarily beautiful, but gold pours from her hair and diamonds fall in place of her tears. However, truthfully, she has been cursed with these gifts ever since an old hag showed up at Alexandria's humble cottage and begged for a bite to eat. As a reward for Alexandria's kindness, a spell was cast--and Alexandria's life changed forever. <BR/><BR/>No longer a simple goose girl, Alexandria is kept locked in a tower where she is forced to sew every last stitch on her gold wedding gown. When the last stitch is finished, she will be forced to marry either King Claudio the Cruel or the dim-witted Prince Edmund from the neighboring country. Both want her only for her wealth, and Alexandria knows she must find a chance to escape. Luck is on the way, and she manages to run away with the help of her flock of enchanted geese. Now her real adventures are set to begin! <BR/><BR/>Along the way, she and her goose friends have magical adventures involving hungry ogresses, a bumbling prince, dark dungeons, and a special set of royal jewels. Add in a sprinkling of romance and you get a good fantasy novel with a fairytale spin that every girl can enjoy! The character, Alexandria, is strong, witty, brave, and a perfect heroine for this awesome novel. An exciting and twisting plot will keep readers entertained for hours, but will there be a happy ending? Read the book to find out more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

    Goose Chase

    I have read Goose Chase countless times and each time I thoroughly enjoy its complex, often comical characters, fantastical setting and captivating plot. With the princess Alexandra as the narrator, this book takes unexpected, twisting turns throughout and keeps the reader entertained until the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

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    Many would think Alexandria Aurora Fortunato to be blessed. She is not only extraordinarily beautiful, but gold pours from her hair and diamonds fall in place of her tears. However, truthfully, she has been cursed with these gifts ever since an old hag showed up at Alexandria's humble cottage and begged for a bite to eat. As a reward for Alexandria's kindness, a spell was cast--and Alexandria's life changed forever. No longer a simple goose girl, Alexandria is kept locked in a tower where she is forced to sew every last stitch on her gold wedding gown. When the last stitch is finished, she will be forced to marry either King Claudio the Cruel or the dim-witted Prince Edmund from the neighboring country. Both want her only for her wealth, and Alexandria knows she must find a chance to escape. Luck is on the way, and she manages to run away with the help of her flock of enchanted geese. Now her real adventures are set to begin! Along the way, she and her goose friends have magical adventures involving hungry ogresses, a bumbling prince, dark dungeons, and a special set of royal jewels. Add in a sprinkling of romance and you get a good fantasy novel with a fairytale spin that every girl can enjoy! The character, Alexandria, is strong, witty, brave, and a perfect heroine for this awesome novel. An exciting and twisting plot will keep readers entertained for hours, but will there be a happy ending? Read the book to find out more! **Reviewed by: Safia Abdul

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2006

    LUVED IT!!!

    every sentence was great! i thought it was awsome. i bought it just so i could have something to read, but it was so GREAT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    Hated every sentence

    The plot was weak. It was supposed to be a spoof on fairy tales, more like it was a spoof on writing. The conversation between characters was weak and the characters themselves were pathetic. Poor dialogue and use of old English made this book see more like it should be called 'Run Goose Run'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    HATED IT

    This book was not good it uses a lot of Old English and is really hard to understand and fallow!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    a reviewer

    this book was a really good book when i got it i thought oh yay another book i'll read one page of and return it to the school libary i was so surprised when i ended up loving the book it has a great story line i would definately read it again and reccamend it to all middle school girls

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2005

    Ok

    This book was ok. I thought there was nothing about it that made it different. Alexandria annoyed me in the begining of the book. There was an intresting twist at the end, but nothing that really stood out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2004

    Fantastic FairyTale

    This book was enjoyable and the herione was hilarious! Its amazing how the author can make a character like her come to life and then go on several adventures with geese.. which other poeple might think it sounds like a bore but i couldnt seem to put the book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2003

    Terrific book! I never wanted to put it down!!!

    Patrice Kindle's Goose Chase was a Terrific read! I have not read a book that good in a long time!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2003

    Goose Chase

    There is no other fairy tale like it. It kept me reading right from the start and until the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    Goose Chase

    At first when i picked this book up I thought, goose chase? lame!! but when i read it it was sooooooo good. that gives an example of the old saying ' don't judge a book by it's cover'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    Goose Chase

    This is a really superb book, i read it for battle of the books and i thought..goose chase how lame. but after i read it i saw differently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    Goose Chase

    It is one of the best books I have read in along time.

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