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Princess Academy: Palace of Stone [NOOK Book]

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Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . . until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she should help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to ...
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Overview

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . . until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she should help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city.

Picking up where Princess Academy left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom.
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"Palace of Stone . . . proves once again that with quick wit and brave words, one person really can change the world." —School Library Journal

"Powerful and deeply engaging. . . . Readers who have been waiting since 2005 will find their patience well rewarded." —Kirkus Reviews

"Hale’s skill as a storyteller will charm her audience . . . nobody else has quite the same knack for seamlessly segueing between the folksy, intimate charm of an extended fairy tale and the larger canvas and more epic scope of high fantasy." —Horn Book

"Hale is a master of fantasy. . . . A gorgeously-written sequel." —Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss

"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

"Shannon Hale writes deft, lyrical wonderful fantasy." —Holly Black

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—In this follow-up to The Princess Academy (Bloomsbury, 2005), Miri and her fellow graduates are headed to Danland's capital city to attend the wedding of their friend Britta and Prince Steffan. Miri is also given a place at the university and wonders if she might stay in the city rather than return to her tiny village of Mt. Eskel.This indecision is complicated by her mixed feelings about Peder, her maybe-fiancé from home, and Timon, the friendly scholar she meets in her classes. When delegates from the other provinces stage an insulting protest to the king, Miri learns that the Eskelites are not the only ones who have been abused by the monarchy, and that the "shoeless" poor are close to rebellion. She is enlisted to befriend the rebels and quickly becomes sympathetic to their side. When it turns out her new friends have an agenda of their own, she realizes that she has put Britta's life in danger. The rebellion plotline acts as a primer on why change and social improvement are so difficult, and how resorting to violence can backfire. Miri may be just a young woman from Mt. Eskel, but in Palace of Stone she proves once again that with quick wits and brave words, one person really can change the world.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Miri leaves her mountain of linder stone for another year of study and finds ethics and rhetoric to be powerful tools in the making of a revolution. This sequel to Princess Academy (2005) returns Miri and several of the girls from Mount Eskel to Asland to prepare for the wedding of Miri's best friend Britta to Prince Steffan. Times are dire: The people are destitute or starving, and the king, Steffan's father, seems indifferent and distant. Miri meets Timon, a classmate, and Lady Sisela, who speak strongly of the oppression of "the shoeless." The first half of the tale is a little slow and full of set-up, but the second half, when Miri takes action to prevent bloodshed, is powerful and deeply engaging. She uses not only rhetoric and ethics but the emotions of her people, which are held in the linder stone that comprises the palace, to hold the violence of the revolution in check. The politics echo the French Revolution (Hale notes this in the acknowledgments), but Miri's clear voice keeps the story hers and her people's. There's lovely texture to clothing and architectural descriptions and vivid warmth to Miri's friendships, her longing for home and her thirst to learn more and more. Not one but two boys help her find all the feelings kisses can engender. Miri's story comes to a satisfying end; readers who have been waiting since 2005 will find their patience well rewarded. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599909165
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Princess Academy Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 57,002
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Shannon Hale
Shannon's mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering endlessly in her carriage as the two strolled through the neighborhood; once she could form complete sentences, she made up stories, bribing her younger siblings to perform them in mini plays. When she was ten, she began writing books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine, and she continued writing secretly for years while pursuing acting in stage and improv comedy. After detours studying in Mexico, the U. K., and Paraguay, Shannon earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. In the interim, she submitted short stories and novels to magazines and publishers, saving all her rejection letters which she has since laminated into one continuous 60-foot roll which she proudly unfurls to audiences as a testament to her dedication and determination. Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a The New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written two books for adults, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean, their children, and their pet, a small plastic pig.  shannonhale.com
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Ah..... Princess Academy came out in 2007. And won the Newberry

    Ah..... Princess Academy came out in 2007. And won the Newberry. It's been too long since I first met Miri and her beloved mountain. I rave about it every chance I get. The content is appropriate for middle grade, but the writing style is delicious at every age. Which is rare. And amazing.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Palace of Stone. The writing is like snuggling down into a huge pile of feathers and getting lost in the softness until you don't know which way's up.

    I highlighted all over my Nook copy...
    She felt night-blind and afraid, as if walking a path that might lead to sheer cliff and empty air. Pg 13
    The lowlander traders always went on as if the ocean were the most wondrous thing in the world and the Eskalites were fools for living so far from its glory. But it was just a flat, lifeless sky. Pg. 18
    Miri did not want the moment to end. She felt tall and strong, as if she and this mob would move together like a giant, striking down any obstacles, remaking the whole world. Pg. 97
    They both stared. Neither ran.... And Miri understood the impulse to kiss the lips that laughed. Pg. 116
    His promises felt as real as paper in her hands, just awaiting the ink strokes of action. Pg. 141
    Letter writing was a lot like quarry-speaking - a soundless call from far away. Would Marda have similar enough memories to understand what Miri was trying to say? Pg. 146
    She smiled to show he was correct, but it slid off her lips too quickly. Pg 174
    She touched the wood. It was not as polished and well oiled as the Mount Eskel chapel doors. And perhaps not as well loved. With so many things to look at in Asland, who cared enough to love these doors? Pg. 203
    History was as hard to hold as a wet fish. Pg. 279
    Miri shook her head. "An idea is like a fire under ice. You can try to put out the fire, but the melting has already begun."
    "Who made up that saying?" Frid asked. "Doter?"
    "Um, no," said Miri. "Just me."
    "It's pretty good," Frid said, squinting. "But I don't understand why there would be fire under ice. And Doter's sayings are shorter." Pg. 281

    Throughout the story, Miri thinks about a painting of a girl pouring milk while looking out a window at a moon. As Miri changes, she sees changes in this girl, and I love this insight into Miri's heart when she doesn't know how she feels. I haven't shared any quotes about this painting, although I love every reference. They would give some of the story away, which I'm not gonna do!

    The story is told from Miri's point of view, but there are many characters with depth and they are all so different, so fun. Peder is in town and Miri is shy around him because he hesitates to speak up for her, although she thinks he likes her. Timon is so full of ideas and secrets. He represents possibilities she never knew existed before. Britta has to prove herself all over again and she needs to come out purer than pure, but she's so shy! I love Frid. Like all the Mount Eskal girls, she has mountain dust in her blood. She speaks her mind so refreshingly! Sisela has heart and passion, but what really motivates her revolutionary support? The king and queen seem like awkward decorations at first, but even they reveal reasons behind their blank expressions and harsh responses so that I'm cheering them on by the end. And always, Mount Eskel and its Linder stone permeate everything with such a strong pull I seriously LONG to go see that mountain!!!!

    My Rating: 4.5 - Great book!

    The romance is hesitant and hopeful. The revolution feels historically close to what a revolution would be like. The details are just quick enough to draw me into the drama, but not bog down in history. The dangers are real and the responses all realistic. The writing is outstanding. Miri is wonderful - and so unique. If I heard her talking in any story anywhere, I would recognize her. I could swear Mount Eskel exists. It's not enough to visit, either... I want to live another life so I can grow up there, please!

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

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    Princess Academy was always my favorite Shannon Hale novel (The

    Princess Academy was always my favorite Shannon Hale novel (The Goose Girl was a close second). So when I discovered that Hale was going to publish a sequel, I. Squealed.

    PLOT:
    Now that Miri’s friend Britta has become the new princess, she has invited Miri and the other academy girls to the capital of Danland to see her wedding. Miri is not only excited to see the lowlands but also scared to leave behind Mount Eskel for those few months. And when she reaches her destination, she enters the Queen’s Castle, a prestigious academy for scholars where she meets another boy (who may become Peder’s rival for Miri’s heart) and she can learn even more. And learn she does—because she discovers that there is revolution brewing in the streets of Asland. People have been inspired by Miri’s own little revolution in Mount Eskel, and they are silently planning to overthrow the king himself.

    Throughout the novel there is a recurring theme of old vs. new. Miri has the toughest decisions in attempting to decide between Mount Eskel and the capital, between Peder and a new crush, and between her loyalty to Britta and the allure of the revolution. I thought this was ingenious of Shannon Hale, especially since indecision is relevant to all of us. Both sides tug at her heart, and she has no idea what she should choose.

    I’ll admit that I had an idea of what she would choose in the end (I was rooting for that side, after all), but the novel was not predictable. At all. (Well, minus the fact that I figured out who was the “new crush” when I first met him.)

    I’m sad to say that there’s less of a focus on linder magic in Palace of Stone, but there is a little magic mystery that would make any fantasy lovers happy.

    The romance in this novel was TOO adorable. I don’t want to give anything away, but I completely kyaaa-ed when [insert name] [insert action] Miri. I’m a long diehard fan of that couple, so I was a bit annoyed when Shannon Hale thrust them apart for a while (bleh, why must they both be too busy for each other at times?) but I was satisfied in the end. (Awwww.)

    CHARACTER:
    I love how in Princess Academy, Miri learned to become book-smart, but in this book, Miri learned how to become street-smart. The concept of revolution has really changed her perspective on what she thought was the norm, but her loyalty to Britta keeps her anchored. I’ve always thought of Miri as a strong girl, and seeing her crumble like this at times made me a little sad—but I was proud of her in the end because she finally figured out her own way to solve her problems.

    WRITING STYLE:
    Shannon Hale’s writing is exceptional. Though the description and diction isn’t particularly incredible, Hale’s style of writing seems almost magical. It evokes the idea of a fairytale—which certainly came in handy when she wrote her Books of Bayern series. Her writing is fluid and distinctive, and it wraps the story up in a pretty red bow.

    Overall, Palace of Stone is one of Shannon Hale’s best works. The beautiful writing wraps the intriguing plot and the likable characters into a superb, thought-provoking work of art. Simply phenomenal.

    Source: Galley received from publisher for review

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Love

    I think that this book would be a movie worth making........ It is a book that i couldn't put down

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Please Make Another Book!!!!!

    Please write another book Shannon Hale. I love all your books, but my all time favorites are Princess Acadamy and the 2nd Princess Acadamy. I am really hoping you make another book!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    Princess Academy, for me, is one of those timeless reads, a go-t

    Princess Academy, for me, is one of those timeless reads, a go-to when I'm in a reading rut, regardless of how old I'd gotten. I was perfectly happy with the way Princess Academy ended--I thought it was quite perfect and didn't need a sequel. To be honest, I was pretty scared about reading Palace of Stone because when you have that one amazing book, you don't want its memory to be tarnished by a sequel of a lesser caliber.

    When I first saw Miri becoming enchanted with the innovation of the capitol and joining the revolution, I wanted to jump up and shout, "No, Miri! Back to Mount Eskel with you! Stay away from all this political turmoil!" and then I would have thrown her over my shoulder and taken her back to the mountain myself...

    I did not want one of my favorite characters was changing into someone I didn't recognize, and I feared that the revolution fervor would change preexisting relationship dynamics...Don't tell me you didn't make a horrified gasp at the phrase "Miri finds herself torn...between an old love and a new crush."

    For a good chunk of this book, I worried that I would not like it as much as I had hoped....

    ...And now we come to the part of the review where I reassure you that yes, Shannon Hale has once again worked magic with her words and created a sequel just as wonderful as the first book. (Hehe, I had you worried there for a second, didn't I?)

    It wasn't until about midway through that I fully realized Hale had me utterly captivated with her story. Her diction is still just as beautiful, almost lyrical in a way, and I was taken back to a world of fresh mountain air and endless blue skies. Yet despite Hale's effortlessly gorgeous writing, she captures the spirit of revolution perfectly. There is life and energy and excitement flowing from the pages!

    And I cannot gush enough about her characters! Despite my initial apprehension, I enjoyed watching each character grow while still retaining the very essence of themselves that made me love them in the first place. Miri has and always will be one of my favorite characters and despite my qualms, she is still the smart but stubborn girl, albeit even more awesome in this book!

    Rating: 4.5 stars*
    All in all: Very rarely do readers get a sequel that is just as good, if not better, than the debut, but Shannon Hale has broken free of that mold as only the truly excellent authors to do. She broke through all of my walls of caution and wariness and has touched me with her story in a way that I feared she wouldn't be able to.

    *I received a copy of this book for review from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am in love with this book. My friend lent me the book for spring break. Only one word to summarize it AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    I

    I vote team Peder! I always like the best friend types in books, but the main characters never end up with them. Exp: In Matched, Cassia chose Ky. In the Hunger Games, Katniss chose Peeta. In Twilight, Bella chose Edward. The new crushes always win the hearts of the main characters while the old crush's hearts break in half.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Good

    This is a very good book!"

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    LOVE BOOKS

    This is an amazing book! I love the way Miri's feelings were torn between old and new. I love how she finds a way to remain loyal to Britta while still helping the people who don't know her and don't like her. This is a must read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2014

    Me

    Shloob
    11
    Tall caramel hair turquoise eyes
    Ice and flying and invisibility and fire and water and athletic like super speed and strength powers

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Good read

    It was a good rread for an older aged childrens book. If I wasn`t reading tean romance I would rate it five stars. But compared to other books I have been reading it barlly deserved its four stars. It had just enough romance and mystery for children of the age group it waz ment for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    ?

    Is there a third book.BTW buy this book. Is amazing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

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    "What!? Another one!" These were the words that I utt

    "What!? Another one!"

    These were the words that I uttered after finding out that there was going to be a sequel to Princess Academy. I was shocked because I didn't think that there needed to be a second book - the fist one was good enough for me! I really enjoyed Princess Academy and so I was worried that by adding on a sequel to something that was already good, it would ruin the whole story and everything the author had already developed within the first book. I got The Princess Academy: Palace of Stone book for Christmas, and after eying it nervously for a few days, I opened it up and began reading. After I began reading it, I could not stop. I was not in the least disappointed in the sequel! In fact, I thought that it was better than the first story.

    The plot of the second story picks up where the first book left off. Britta is preparing to marry her prince, and invites the Princess Academy girls to Asland to be present at her wedding. While Mari is there, she learns of an uprising against the crown (which includes the soon-to-be-bride : Britta), and she becomes rather attached to one of the leaders of the uprising named Timon...

    At first I hated the thought of there being a love triangle between Timon, Mari, and Peder because I was already quite attached to Peder and not at all welcoming to the idea of Mari loving anyone besides Peder. But after a while, it made the story more exciting and interesting. Actually, all of the new elements added in this second story added to the level of excitement. The uprising element in the story filled it from the front cover to the end page with thrills, new twists, and excitement where as the fist book really didn't have any exciting elements until the very end. The only complaint I have with this second book is that it focuses so much on Mari that we hear little of the other characters such as the Mount Eskel Girls (who played major roles in the first book).

    Shannon Hale writes beautifully, creating a world that feels real enough to step into. All of her books are fully original tales, with lovely descriptions, fun and interesting characters, romance, and excitement. Fans of the first book are sure not to be disappointed in this second installment!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Should i buy this book.

    Should i buy this book. It costs alot of money. Tell me. Say to Rachel

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Awesome!

    This is a great book and i highly recomend it too anyone who has read the first one!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Everyone needs to read this book!!!!!!!

    One of the best books i have ever read!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Show stopper

    I LOVE IT!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    Shannon hale fan club!

    Fan club res 1! Be there to shar opinions and chat about her books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    FantasyLover on September 21, 2014

    I.Love.This.Book!
    Princesess Academy was a pleasure to read! Even though it was made when i was in preschooll, i picked it of a shelf, a few weeks ago and loved it still!

    But i still was suprised when i read the second book! Miri goes to asland for a year, with esa, frid, gerti, bena, liana, and peter.There's a revouloution stirring up against royalty, and at first miri thinks its a better change, but it isnt!and she meets timon, somebody who might be a challenge for miri's heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    READ THIS (reveiw) OR ELSE

    Frist great book and wait dont go i have a SECOND what is with all the bios i mean realy

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