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.
About the Author
Shannon Hale is the author of multiple award-winning young adult novels, including "Austenland "and the "New York Times "bestselling "Princess Academy", which is also a Newbery Honor book"." Her first book, "The Goose Girl", was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and won the Josette Frank Award. In addition to her successful young adult novels, she cowrote two graphic novels with her husband, "Rapunzel s Revenge "and "Calamity Jack." Hale received a degree in English from the University of Utah and a master s in creative writing from the University of Montana.