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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
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Jul 19, 12

bookshelves: childrens
Read in July, 2012

Every now and again 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 the girls are sent to an academy to be educated.

Miri is a spunky heroine -- she studies hard, she tries to make friends and she stands up for the rights of others. What I especially liked is the emphasis the author places on education -- Miri is able to use her new knowledge to help her family and her village.

By the end of the book, it doesn't really matter who becomes princess, because Miri has found her purpose in life.

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