- File Size: 1147 KB
- Print Length: 321 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (December 1, 2008)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2008
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002UM5BNM
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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|Age Level: 9 - 11|
|Grade Level: 4 - 8|
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Miri is a girl living on Mount Eskel, a remote and poor territory of the kingdom where they mine linder from a quarry to make a meager living. She struggles with wanting to work at the quarry along with the other girls, but her dad won't let her. She feels like an outcast. This year, however, the chief delegate of the kingdom arrives and makes a surprise announcement: it has been foreseen that the next princess will come from Mount Eskel and so, in order to prepare, a princess academy will be formed in order to instruct the eligible girls and prepare them to meet the prince.
What we find in this book is an encouragement towards education, understanding, and sticking up for others. We find girls who start off in competition learning to get along. We find courage, creativity, and empathy. I'd say this book is primarily character driven with Miri at the center of it all. She really is an admirable character and she learns many things along the way.
There's a tiny bit of fantasy mixed in with the plot, but not so much as to get in anyone's way. The majority of the occurrences are events that could still happen to our children as they're growing up, or children elsewhere in the world who come from more impoverished backgrounds.
So are there some things are are probably geared more towards a girl audience? Perhaps, but other than the idea of a princess, most of this book is applicable to all who read it. We all have dreams that we would do anything to achieve and awakenings along the way. If a book is wholesome for children because it promotes the values we want in our children, then shouldn't we, the adults, also read it to instill those values in ourselves?
This is a really good book and, again, I recommend it to all, regardless of age or gender.
The best part of this book is the way Ms. Hale allows Miri to solve her problems. When violence occurs it is often meet by Miri intellectually. The conflicts are resolved through understanding the other and finding common ground. Even in the one instance where violence became necessary, it was only after other options failed. Ms. Hale's emphasis on interpersonal relationships and connecting with others made this book more than just another fantasy or coming of age story; she has created valuable literature.
The prince of Danland needs a princess from Mount Eskel. The princess academy was established so girls could learn to become princesses. The Mount Eskel teenage girls were forced against their will to go to the academy. The girls are being taught how to act like a princess and are being mistreated while they learn. In spite of being mistreated, the girls learned a lot and became very smart.
Miri is the main character in this book and is a 14 year old girl. Miri is a Mount Eskel girl and is very brave. She may be small but she is very smart. Miri is eager to learn school subjects and wants to improve the other Mount Eskel villagers knowledge. She will never give up no matter what.
The theme of the book is to never doubt a child, because children can do anything. When the girls were captured by the bandits, Miri told them to run. The girls did, but the bandits caught them all. From that point on, no one trusted Miri. In the end, Miri saved the girls and they realized they never should have doubted her.
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