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Age 10 to 14
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this Newbery Honor winning, New York Times bestselling book—now with a gorgeous new cover!
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.
Packaged with a fresh cover, this timelessly charming, award-winning story from best-selling author Shannon Hale is sure to enchant a whole new generation of readers.
Awarded the prestigious Newbery Honor award, this book is not your typical princess story. Miri may be the smallest girl in her village, but she certainly has the biggest heart. When her village is selected as the home of the prince's future bride, Miri is elated to be sent to the newly built Princess Academy, where all the eligible village girls will be instructed on how to become a proper princess. However, these are mountain girls, and though they squeal at the opportunity to wear ball gowns and practice etiquette, there's more to them then meets the eye. Miri especially takes advantage of her new education and brings what she's learned back to her village, sharing the wealth of knowledge she has been given and proving that the people of Mount Eskel are not to be trifled with. Outwitting bandits, strict tutors, and ultimately learning to follow her heart, Miri discovers that there is more to life than being a princess, and proves herself to be a Mount Eskel girl once and for all. An empowering and uplifting tale that encourages friendship, intellect, and courage above all else, this tale by Shannon Hale is one I consider to be among the ranks of classics such as Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. Recommended for ages 8-12+ (though you are never too old to be a Mount Eskel girl!)