©2005 Shannon Hale;
2006 Newbery Honor Book
"This is not a fluffy, predictable fairy tale, even though it has wonderful moments of humor. Instead, Hale weaves an intricate, multilayered story about families, relationships, education, and the place we call home." (School Library Journal)
"Hale nicely interweaves feminist sensibilities in this quest-for-a-prince-charming, historical-fantasy tale. Strong suspense and plot drive the action as the girls outwit would-be kidnappers and explore the boundaries of leadership, competition, and friendship." (Booklist)
Some books I listen to with my children. Some I listen to alone.
My daughter, aged 9, simply adored this book, although my son, aged 7, found it a bit boring. It is a pleasant story of girls from a backward, rural and isolated community being trained for life in a sophisticated court, set in a very slightly magical middle-ages type kingdom. The reading is good, and there are some humorous and some rather harsher moments.
this story's a nice listen if you are after something malodic to fall asleep to. it's not exactly enthralling, nor are you reaching to listen to more, though it's not without its charms and is worth a listen if your looking for a laid back story
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