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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
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Jul 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens, girl-power
Read in July, 2012

Every now and then I like to read a good children's book, especially if it has a smart heroine. Princess Academy was perfect reading for a Sunday afternoon. It tells the story of Miri, a 14-year-old girl living on a mountain that mines a valuable stone. One day, it's announced that the prince will choose his next princess from Miri's village, and all of the girls are sent to an academy to be educated.

Miri is a spunky girl: she studies hard, she tries to make friends and she stands up for the rights of others. What I especially liked is how the author emphasized education — Miri finds a way to use her new knowledge to help her family and the village.

By the end of the book, it didn't really matter who became princess, because Miri had found her purpose in life.

Highly recommended for anyone who wants a delightful dose of girl power.
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