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Author: Shannon Hale Narrator: a full cast Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Princess Academy Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781620645949
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are many pleasures to this satisfying tale: a precise lyricism to the language and a rhythm to the story that takes its tropes from many places, but its heart from ours...[A]n unalloyed joy.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[In this] latest fantasy-cum-tribute to girl-power…Miri and the girls eventually gain confidence and knowledge that helps transform their village.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The book is a fresh approach to the traditional princess story with unexpected plot twists and great emotional resonance.”

    2006 Newbery Committee

  • “Hale offers us a world full of grief and fear and loneliness—but also full of love and trust and decency. There are adventures and dangers, and the most compelling, believable, poignant love story I have read in many a year. I was moved to tears and to laughter, and caught up in the grace and beauty.”

    Orson Scott Card, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Each girl’s story is brought to a satisfying conclusion, but this is not a fluffy, predictable fairy tale, even though it has wonderful moments of humor. Instead, Hale weaves an intricate, multilayered story about families, relationships, education, and the place we call home.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Hale nicely interweaves feminist sensibilities in this quest-for-a-prince-charming, historical-fantasy tale. Strong suspense and plot drive the action.”


  • “Hale breathes new life into the fairy tale form with this richly imagined fantasy. A truly marvelous book, rich with color, adventure and romance.”

    Buffalo News (New York)

  • “The imaginative setting for the story makes it timeless and universal…This new classic will have a place with leisure readers and in the classroom.”


  • “[A] charming young-adult fantasy. The mountain setting creates an evocative sense of a world apart, with just a tantalizing touch of magic.”


  • “[A] magical read!”

    Discovery Girls 

  • “Miri’s culture is deftly drawn…and the harsh yet beautiful physical and cultural details of Miri’s world keep this optimistic tale believable. This could be a useful introduction to fantasy for realistic buffs—the authentic sniping and backbiting of jealous girls cooped up together for a year, the character-driven plot, and the vigorous prose will carry readers of all kinds into the center of the story.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “Full of suspense...will keep young readers stuck to the page.”

    Washington Parent

  • Named a Newbery Honor Book in 2006
  • A Book Sense Pick for Fall 2005
  • An Audie Award Finalist for Best Audio Drama
  • An ALA Notable Book for Children
  • A Salt Lake Tribune Best Book of 2005
  • A New York Public Library Book for Teens

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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. She received a degree in English from the University of Utah and a master’s in creative writing from the University of Montana.

About the Narrator

Louis Gossett, Jr., is one of the most respected African American actors in film, television, stage, and voice-over history with a distinct voice that carries quiet authority. A triple-threat talent with an Emmy for Roots, an Oscar for Officer and a Gentleman, and a Golden Globe for The Josephine Baker Story, Gossett is in the upper echelons of elite actors. As an impassioned activist, he firmly believes in giving back to the community and has donated his performance royalties from the Twelve Years a Slave audiobook to his nonprofit organization, the Erascism Foundation, which focuses on planting the seeds of social tolerance with children and eliminating the stigma of racism.