Princess Academy

by Shannon Hale
336 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by emmanem

Wonderful book with great morality and very little violence.


Miri - small and frail as the "Miri" flower, her namesake - has had to work at her house ever since she was young while many girls her age worked in the quarry, mining linder and learning to "quarry speak". She always longed for work in the quarry, but her father forbid her from it for unknown reasons...until one day when her entire world is changed by an odd man with a large feather in his hat, who collects all the eligible young ladies to attend an academy where they are to be schooled in the way of princesses, and maybe marry the prince.


Tutor Olana is cruel in the beginning, but later on in the book the girls of the academy stand up for what is right, and Olana shows her kind, but still stern and strict, side. One day Miri tries to go into the quarry and work, against her father's will, and she ends up injured as a result of her disobedience.

Spiritual Content



Thieves attack the academy, but nobody is injured.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

Two characters marry at the end of the story. Miri has feelings for another character and mentions a desire to kiss him.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



An interesting book with wonderful moral value and a strong sense of friendship and loyalty. The girls in the academy all mature and learn much throughout the year, and they prosper from it.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 11-12

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