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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
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Jul 05, 07

it was amazing
bookshelves: youngadult
Recommended for: Those wanting intelligent fairy tales
Read in December, 2006

This is a great book. Imagine a fairy tale that doesn't need magic, just intelligence, and can say something about both people and societies.

Quick setup: Palace oracles determine that the next pricess of the land will be from some allegedly podunk rural mountain village. The kingdom therefore sets up a school to educate all the young girls in the town, so the next princess will be able to handle her position. This is a pretty simple premise, but the combination of a wonderful main character, and the plot moving to beautiful places (including the effects of giving education to underprivileged masses) make it an incredibly fun and satisfying novel.
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