Princess Academy (Princess Academy Series #1)

Princess Academy (Princess Academy Series #1)

by Shannon Hale

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A Newbery Honor Winner

A New York Times Bestseller

In this first book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's Princess Academy series, Miri finds herself a sudden participant in a contest to find the next princess of the realm.

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince will choose his bride from among the village girls.

The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Soon Miri finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires. Winning the contest could give her everything she ever wanted—but it would mean leaving her home and family behind.

Don't miss any of these other books from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale:

The Princess Academy trilogy

Princess Academy

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone

Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters

The Books of Bayern

The Goose Girl

Enna Burning

River Secrets

Forest Born

Book of a Thousand Days


Graphic Novels

with Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale

Rapunzel's Revenge

Calamity Jack

For Adults


Midnight in Austenland

The Actor and the Housewife

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619636132
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Series: Princess Academy Series , #1
Edition description: Second Edition, New edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 48,827
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the series Princess Academy, Books of Bayern, Ever After High, and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, as well as stand-alones Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, among other books. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really is a good book. The protagonist Miri's yearning is to work in the quarry like everyone else on Mount Eskel, but she is too small to fulfill her dream. One day, a delegate from the royal court comes to Eskel saying that all the girls on the mountain must attend the academy to learn how to become a princess, and at the end of their stay at the school, the prince will choose a bride. Miri, of course, must go to the school, and there the girls face bitter treatment from Tutor Olana. But Miri finds herself in the reading and writing aspects of school and befriends some girls while making enemies with others. Who will the prince choose? What are Miri's friends hiding? Read this book to find out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shannon Hale, not exactly new, but not exactly old to the book market, recently released her newest work, Princess Academy. A book worth every star, Princess Academy is a lovely book that kept me reading all night. Princess Academy is a beautifully written work of art about fourteen-year-old Miri, who is sent off to the Princess Academy in hopes of being chosen to be the Princess. Though discouraged by her peers, Miri helps save her friends, her enemies, and herself. The book shows that even the smallest things can make the largest difference. I applaud Shannon Hale for her skill in writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be a princess, to marry a prince, to wear a beautiful crown, and to sit in a elegant throne. Is that not every girl's dream? It may be most girls', but not Miri's. Miri may not be too excited about marrying a lowlander, even if he is a prince, but she does want to impress her father, and her older sister. Miri agrees to be sent to the Princess Academy, a large building set in the mountains of Eskel. She and the other girls learn proper etiquette, and they are taught how to bring out the strong conscience in all of their minds. Miri, Britta, Esa, Katar, and other girls are sent to the academy and get punished for no reason at all. Can Miri prove that while she may be small, she is strong?

Miri is a skinny, mischievous girl, who believes that anyone can overcome their fears and any approaching evil. She is aided in her many pranks by her best friend, Britta. Britta is a lowlander, not born on Mount Eskel. Britta despises Olana just as much as Miri, and has helped Miri throughout the story. Olana is the harsh, determined, fiery, and forever changing antagonist of the story. Many other secondary characters, including Knut, Esa, Katar, Frid, Pa, Peder, and Marda, are all important people to Miri, and they all support The Princess Academy in their own important ways, perhaps fighting off bandits, or chipping pieces of linder off the sides of Mount Eskel.

This book is a hilarious, heartwarming, and surprising mix of love stories, fantasy, rebellion, independence, and cooperation. The Princess Academy, written by Shannon Hale, also author of Goose Girl, sets a model for other girls to be strong and to listen to their hearts. This realistic fiction book has a plot loaded with action, keeping you on board, interested, and able to connect yourself with the characters, giving you a clearer picture inside the characters' plots, making it easier to enjoy the book. Shannon Hale has written a multitude of books, all just as good of a page turner as The Princess Academy, a heartwarming book for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an adult who loves to read adolescent literature (I am a former English teacher), and I adored this book. It is entertaining, well-written, CLEAN, and unique. I can't wait to introduce this to my own daughters.
MusicLover213 More than 1 year ago
WARNING: This book is highly addictive! The story pulled me in from the very beginning of the novel and I would just keep reading and reading. The light humor makes it really fun and the more the story told me about Mount Eskel, the more into it I would get. In fact, I was disappointed when I finished the book! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a different kind of story than usual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it and it is definately not your typical prince charming book either!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and i think it is a great read for anyone who is looking for adventure and exitment! This is my favorite book of all time!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my most favorite books. It contains exciting conflicts and adventure, but down to earth things too.(Like a first crush) Miri is so inspiring and a relatable and realisic character. The author of this book had me hooked and left me dreading the ending. I would consider this a must read. I would recomened it for girls 9 to 12 but I'm older than that and still love it. You would be able to find this in most libraries since it is a newberry honor book, so I would suggest you check it out before buying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book of this school year. I am an elementary school librarian and this was just a great discovery for me. Some students are turned off by the title but once they read it they love it. One student read it four times in one week. The storyline is so interesting that it is hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. I couldn't put it down! It was beautifully written- had good characters, a good strong plot, and great descriptions. It is the tale of Miri, a fourteen year old girl who was small for her age. She was put down by the girls at the academy, she still tried to make a difference, and was nice to those who weren't nice to her. This book is great. I guarentee you'll love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow! I was shocked at how amazing the story is! I mean i've read it about 5 times and i am reading right mow its in my lap! It is so descriptive and humble. I have totally nailed quarry speech and i even did all the litericy circle questions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a cute, fun story for all ages. And not too girly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of this book seems like a story of a rich little princess and at rich little snobby school. That is totally NOT how this book is. This is a very humble story that is great for any age!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. I have read #1 & #2 and they were great. This is my most very favorite book in the world. The main character, Miri goes to the princess acadamy and is captured by bandits. You have to read the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was the best book ever. I am in 7th grade. It is about this girl named Miri who goes to this princess academey along with all the other girls from her village. She encounters different adventures, a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing strory! I love the connection between Miri and Peder. It is amazing how they can commuicate when they are so far away. This is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My aunt and uncle bought me the whole seires!!!!!! I LOVED the first book! Im on the sencod one now and it is great!!!!! Miri is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! :) ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book a little love story in it soo good
Deanna_Demers More than 1 year ago
EVERY LITTLE GIRLS DREAM Princess Academy by Shannon Hale Princess Academy by Shannon Hale is a 2006 Newberry Award winner. This children's novel is one that any young girl would enjoy reading. It is an account of a young girl named Miri who comes from a not so fortunate background, but is graced with the opportunity to become a princess if she is chosen after she "graduates" from the Princess Academy. This is such great news to her because she is an outcast within her community, with only a relationship with her father, sister, and her childhood playmate Peder. She longs for a place in her little world and desperately wishes for better living conditions for not only her, but the people around her. Despite the prejudices between quarry and lowlanders, and the competition between the girls to become the town princess, Miri not only develops helpful friendships, but also learns the unspoken language and learns commerce. This is an unusual "happily ever after" story in that, Miri may or may not win the title of princess in the end, but she manages to learn more about herself, others, and also help her community prosper due to her newly learned skills at the Princess Academy. This novel is a must for young girls. It is intriguing and allows girls of all sorts to relate to the aspirations of becoming a young, beautiful woman. I will definitely have this in my teacher library and recommend it to the girls in my class. It will beneficially help them to see the importance of friends despite preexisting conditions and competition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable fun light read. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great! I was reading it in class and instead of talking ti friends, I found myself reading! Ince you start this book you will never want ti stop reading it! I HIGHLY reccomend thus fantastic book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
woah couldn't put it down awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book it is long and a little vilont at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mirri a mountain girl is suddenly whisked off to princess academy and prepares to meet the prince. Who will he marry?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. Also, I kinda identified myself with Mili. If you don't like books very much, read this one and you may change your opinion about books. I am not native of the U.S. and I can say some books have difficult vocabulary, but this one wasn't so difficult to understand. It's the fantastic story about how a girl that goes to a Princess Academy,as the title says, and how she works hard to make her dreams come true.