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In this first book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's b eloved YA fantasy series Books of Bayern , Princess Ani must become a goose girl before she can become...
In this first book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's b eloved YA fantasy series Books of Bayern , Princess Ani must become a goose girl before she can become...
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  • In this first book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's b eloved YA fantasy series Books of Bayern , Princess Ani must become a goose girl before she can become queen.

    Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life listening to her aunt's stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. As she grows up, Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but she never feels quite comfortable speaking with people.

    So when Ani's mother sends her away to be married in a foreign land, she finds herself at the mercy of her silver-tongued lady in waiting, who leads a mutiny that leaves her alone, destitute, and fleeing for her life. To survive, Ani takes on work as a royal goose girl, hiding in plain sight while she develops her forbidden talents and works to discover her own true, powerful voice.

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

    The Books of Bayern
    The Goose Girl
    Enna Burning
    River Secrets
    Forest Born

    The Princess Academy trilogy
    Princess Academy
    Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
    Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters

    Book of a Thousand Days

    Dangerous


    Graphic Novels
    with Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
    Rapunzel's Revenge
    Calamity Jack

    For Adults
    Austenland
    Midnight in Austenland
    The Actor and the Housewife
 

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  • Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series, The Books of Bayern, Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revengeand Calamity Jack, as well as the Ever After High and Princess in Black series, and the upcoming The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel. 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.

    www.shannonhale.com
    @HaleShannon

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  • DOGO Books albert - for this book i think is okay but the author is too discribtive of blood.At the end it was really happy. The book is really thrilling. In the beginning i was wondering where the geese? At the end i new she was a geese keeper with Conrad. When Selia said the punishment I was scared. But now I know Selia had it comming right now im reading Enna Burning is a really good book. Maybe next time I would write about Enna Burning.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 30, 2003
    In this affecting debut novel, Princess Ani, the shy, sensitive, first-born daughter to the king and queen of Kildenree, embarks on an adventure-filled journey to learn the many lessons that will make her a true queen. With the help of her aunt (the queen's sister), Ani discovers that she was born with the "gift of animal speaking." But her gift frightens others. The narrative's leisurely pace plays up Ani's sense of isolation; at a ball hosted by her parents, for instance, the nurses hold Ani's siblings close and whisper of "men and secret things. Every word they spoke seemed to empty Ani more, like buckets dipped into a shallow well." Considering Ani unworthy of the crown, Ani's newly widowed mother sends her off, at age 17, to be married to the prince of a neighboring kingdom—mainly to keep peace. On the way to "the other side of the mountains," her lady-in-waiting steals her identity and wrests control of the guards so she may enter the kingdom of Bayern as the Kildenree princess. Meanwhile, Ani dodges attempts on her life, is looked after by an older woman in the Forest, and finally makes it to Bayern, to be hired in the palace as a goose girl. Only when she develops humility, a sense of justice, a talent for peacekeeping, an ability to command the wind and the gift of "people speaking" can Ani reclaim her place as the future queen of Bayern. In an attempt to weave all of the elements of the original tale, the novel at times bogs down in detail. But those who enjoy getting lost in an enchanted world will discover here a satisfying and richly embellished retelling of a classic that communicates values still pertinent to contemporary readers. Ages 10-up.

  • School Library Journal A magical retelling of the Grimms' fairy tale . . . Hale's retelling is a wonderfully rich one, full of eloquent description and lovely imagery.
  • The New York Times Book Review Enchanting.
  • Kirkus Reviews Luscious language . . . leads to a gorgeous, dramatic climax.

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