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Goose Chase

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,407 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews
It starts when Alexandria, a poor, plain goose girl, offers her own bread and water to a hungry old woman — who just happens to be a witch in disguise. Poof! Alexandria is suddenly heartstoppingly beautiful. Her hair rains down gold dust, and the tears she sheds turn to diamonds. Soon a prince and a king are fighting for her hand, and they've locked her in a tower to keep ...more
Published 2001 by Scholastic
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Anne Osterlund
Apr 13, 2012 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexandria is a goose girl with serious issues. Like being locked in a tower by the King and the Prince who think that is the way to win her hand in marriage. And then there’s the old hag, who gave Alexandria diamond tears, gold dust dandruff, and looks as beautiful as the dawn. Which, of course, have contributed to Alexandria’s current “locked-in-a-tower” status.

Fortunately our fair heroine has twelve geese. Geese with the ability to poach mattresses off of clotheslines and turn them into the f
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Safia Abdul for

Many would think Alexandria Aurora Fortunato to be blessed. She is not only extraordinarily beautiful, but gold pours from her hair and diamonds fall in place of her tears. However, truthfully, she has been cursed with these gifts ever since an old hag showed up at Alexandria's humble cottage and begged for a bite to eat. As a reward for Alexandria's kindness, a spell was cast--and Alexandria's life changed forever.

No longer a simple goose girl, Alexa
This is what happens when one reads an ok book right after an amazing book
Goose Chase is the story of a goose girl who has been given the gifts of being beautiful, Her hair when combed yielded gold dust, and when she cried her tears became diamonds. She is being pursed by a cruel king and a prince who is a few pickles short of a jar.
The story is solid. The blending together of Wild Swans, Rapunzel, Toads and Diamonds, and a few more is done very well.
The Characters are solid Alexandria is inte
Dec 31, 2011 Kaylabee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, let me just say that I LOVED the heroine of this story. She is so smart, spunky, funny, and brave. I didn't exactly find myself relating to her (were I in her position, I basically would have just flat out died) but I did find myself wishing I could be more like her.
The setting was interesting, but not, like, the best i've ever read. I think what really made this story so good was
A. The main character
B. The language.
Sometimes I had to read a sentence a couple of times to
May 25, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A nice enough fantasy that incorporates elements from several fairytales to tell a new story. The heroine is smart and fiesty (although she does ignore those geese when they seem to be warning her to danger, a trait which I found out of character). Like a wild goose chase, this girl is on the run and falling from one predicament into the next in rapid succession. The language of the dialog is funny but often awkward, as it tries to be Olde English and is sprinkled with made-up words. It seemed t ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Taffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
First line:

"The king killed my canary today."

What a great first line!

What a fun book to read! Full of fairy tale twists and characters.

Poor Alexandria became beautiful because of her god deed. Now the king of a neighboring kingdom seeks her hand in marriage as does the prince of her own kingdom. Her beauty helps as does the gold flakes that fall from her hair when she brushes it. Do these men really love her? Or her golden hair?

Alexandria is known as the Goose Girl because of the twelve geese
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
The past few times I have been at the library I have seen this on the suggested reading shelf; I liked the cover but never really stopped to look at it. Finally, I decided I would see what it was about, after reading the inside cover I decided to check it out. It is definitely meant for younger audiences, but I thought it was a fun quick read. It has a nice fairly-tale feel to it and the story was cute. I liked our heroine Alexandria, but was disappointed in Prince Edmund. At first he is portray ...more
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The overall concept really wasn't my thing, plus there were a lot of inconsistencies and the language drove me bonkers. BUT, having chosen it at the request of my faithful kids book club members to read a fairy tale/kings and queens book, I think they'll love it and I think we'll have a good time talking about it.
Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a wonderful treat in silliness. Not only was the fairy tale in and of itself enjoyable, our main characters, Alexandria and the Prince, not to mention her 12 geese, are quite a riot. Even when things are dire, the story is told with a humorous spin, and our hero and heroine are always concocting some new crazy scheme to get out of the next trouble. The way I figured it, any book that starts out "The King killed my canary" just has to be funny. And in no way did it disappoint. If yo ...more
Jul 15, 2015 Mayyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
hilarious! excellent for fairy tale lovers, humour, and appreciators of language, because the language used here is entertainingly archaic.
Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie
I bought this book cause I had no reading material during my exchange program, and had I had another book, I won't even bother finishing it.

Guess I'll hide the review for being spiteful and that is rude and sad.

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Oct 11, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great little fairy... er... goose tale. The author has woven into this story bits of famous fairy tales such as Goose Girl, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, and Rapunzel. The result is an imaginative, witty and funny tale about a lowly Goose Girl who, upon bestowing a kindness to on old beggar woman, is rewarded with a crazy spell that gives her not only great beauty but has her shedding diamond tears and gold dandruff. Of course, this draws the attention of a mean, nasty tempered king and a ...more
Jan 21, 2015 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This was a fun book, though not quite as good as I was hoping. The main character, Alexandra Aurora Fortunato, makes for a fun narrator, especially with her snarky attitude and annoyance at much of the cliches of fairy tales. Unlike traditional fairy tale heroes, Alexandra would much rather be a poor Goose Girl than the beautiful princess she has become thanks to a witch's magic. Similar to the heroine of Princeless, she decides she's tired of being locked up in a tower to be picked over by men ...more
Sep 28, 2014 K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fairy-tale retelling lovers
Needed a bit of light reading in between Dickens and Goethe :)

Read this before, but just reread (Sept 2014). Adore the medieval-ish language, I think that is the most fun part of the book. Loved that I could hand it to my 12 year old and tell her to go for it (she did, read in an hour). Clean, humorous, adventurous. Only the slightest bit of romance in the future (no kissing, no swooning, just sweet, maybe when we're older type thing).

Heartily enjoyed
Mar 11, 2011 Klymene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a nice story, but the whole thing was kind of like, "bleh" elongated on me. It was silly, and it was very casual writing. But the characters spoke quite formally. It was all very topsy-turvy. I didn't like the prince at all, he was just boring, but suddenly by the end, he's gone from an idiot to a knight in shining armor. The writing style was inconsistent. The qualities of the characters kept changing.
Mar 16, 2015 Brandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute story much different than others I typically read. The story has fairy tale magic with some hidden fable lessons. A fast read full of adventure, mischief, quick thinking and a touch of happily ever after.

The story is about a girl who was captured and kept in a tower until she chose one of her suitors to marry. The 'goose girl' was sought after due to some unusual gifts bestowed upon her by her fairy godmother. The girl did not wish to marry at all and was rescued by her flock of
Sep 26, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Not too familiar with the goose girl story so this was a fun retelling. I liked the geese, Alexandria and the prince. It had a fairy godmother ogres and it also had some other stories thrown in like when she cried diamonds and her hair magically grows.
Intentionally cliche, mildly amusing at times, mediocre writing, and very disappointing. Enjoyable, but not nearly as good as it could have been. More of a two and half stars rather than three.
Laura Reading
Jan 04, 2014 Laura Reading rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tales, YA adventure
At first I found the "voice" of the narrative difficult to get into. There seemed to be a limited and repetitve descriptive vocabulary, intended to depict time and seting. I persevered and the read was worth my time.

I chose this book because I was reading versions of fairy tales and myths.
In this version of the Goose Girl, she does not know her father and while she lived, her mother loved her. The Goose Girl starts her life simply and is a good person. She attempts to do a good deed for a stran
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A traditional fairy tale novelized. Well done!
Mar 24, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Encountering this book on a library shelf turned out to be a happy accident. I like the archaic tone the author takes, though it can be a bit jarring next to reality, so I found it difficult to get in and out of quickly. I liked the frequent nods to many fairy tale "types" within the book. The ending was too abrupt for my tastes, and the main character was a bit shallow (as in not very realistically multi-dimensional), but overall a fun little jaunt of a read and I'd pick up something by the sam ...more
Jan 13, 2009 Marcia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Subjects: Fairy tales, orphans, magic, geese, and kings, queens, and rulers. Author Patrice Kindl uses the two conventions of a fantasy: the quest and flux. Alexandria’s quest was to return to her former life as a poor, orphaned, goose girl. Her quest led her on a difficult and dangerous journey. Alexandria’s life was in a constant state of flux as she faced one obstacle after another: escaping from the tower, escaping from the ogresses, escaping from the dungeons, and escaping marriage to the w ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Reilly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story has a nice fairytale charm to it, but it never made a big impression on me. Maybe the heroine wasn't as likable and clever as she needed to be to carry this type of tale off?

The plot is literally just going from one kidnapping situation to another. It made caring about the story hard, because what's the point in getting invested in the characters' efforts to escape when you've learned from experince they're probably just going to be taken hostage again? The only reason Alexandria can
Feb 05, 2011 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ana by: Spoilers & Nuts, Cuiado com o Dálmata

Podem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livros.

I started this book with the wrong set of mind, but as soon as I understood that, all I needed todo was take this reading as lightly as it needed, and that worked.

I laughed, out-loud and internaly, several times each. It was a light read, that made me feel just happier when reading it, even despite every bad thing that happened in the story.

My favourite cjaracter was the Prince, followed suit by Alexandria, who's one of the wittiest and smartest
Madigan McGillicuddy
14 year-old Alexandria Aurora Fortunato was a simple goose girl, until the day she kindheartedly helped a ragged old beggar woman, who "rewarded" her with gold dandruff in her hair and diamonds that fall from her tears. Now she finds herself locked in a tower as various unsavory princes and kings fight over her hand. (Only desiring her money, of course.) She engineers an escape with the help of her geese, who manage to fly her out of the tower. Have you ever spent time with a flock of geese? The ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is crossposted from my livejournal.

"And then I'll be married. Married! At fourteen, in the very flower of mine age! O, I know that many women my age are already married and mothers to boot, but it simply won't do for me." Goose Chase, page 6.

This may have been the first time I laughed out loud when reading this book. It wasn't the last.

Patrice Kindl's Goose Chase is an utter joy and delight. At least, if you like brave and clever heroines who, in spite of their cleverness, aren't per
Jan 21, 2011 Eryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

a few times a year- depending on my storage space and my financial state- i go through all my books to see if i can sell them to a used book store for a few bucks. it's sad, i know, but a girl's gotta eat, yo. (also more often than not, i end up spending those bucks on more used books before i even leave the store, SO. there is that.~)

anyway, everytime i come across this book in my collection, i hesitate to sell it. and i never have, since i first picked it up probably near a decade ago.
this bo
Becky B
Oct 08, 2012 Becky B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fairy tale fans, Fans of humorous fantasy
I finished Goose Chase last night. I haven’t read it for almost 10 years. I remembered loving it the first time I read it and wanted to remind myself why. Now I remember. It was because of the Goose Girl herself.

Alexandria, the Goose Girl, is having a horrible year. First her mother dies, leaving her alone in the world with only twelve geese for company, and then an old hag rewards her for being kind by giving her incredible beauty, hair that produces gold dust when it is brushed, and the abilit
Jul 31, 2013 Cleo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Her name is Alexandria Aurora Fortunato, and she is as lovely as the dawn. But that is only one of her problems. There’s also the matter of those three magical gifts of treasure bestowed on her by a mysterious old woman. And King Claudio the Cruel wants to marry her for her beauty and her wealth, and so does his rival, Prince Edmund of Dorloo. Those are two more problems. And, worst of all, she is locked in a tower, with a grille of iron bars and several hundred tons of stone between her and fr ...more
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