Princess Academy

Shannon Hale
Miri 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.

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Reviewed: 2015-04-07
I don't like the title, because it made me think of a school for princesses, and this is set as far from court life and princessing as possible. This book is grounded in a very specific region with a distinct culture built around the people's work in the quarry. As world-building goes, it's brilliant, not wide, but deep. Miri is a wonderful character.
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