Books by Shannon Hale

THE FORGOTTEN SISTERS by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 3, 2015

"A laudable conclusion to a popular series. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Miri, as spunky and smart as ever, returns in the final book of the award-winning Princess Academy trilogy. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS IN BLACK by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out? (Fantasy. 5-8)"
Perfect Princess Magnolia has a secret—her alter ego is the Princess in Black, a superhero figure who protects the kingdom! Read full book review >
DANGEROUS by Shannon Hale
Released: April 1, 2014

"A change of pace that largely succeeds, showing that Hale's range is wider than her readers might have expected. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Fairy-tale-telling Hale tackles straight-up science fiction in a tale seemingly tailor-made to forestall complaints about lovelorn teen heroines and all-white casts of characters. Read full book review >
THE UNFAIREST OF THEM ALL by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2014

"A delicious, pink-and-purple-frosted existential cupcake. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Having failed to go poof when she refused to sign the Storybook of Legends on Legacy Day, Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen, must now face the consequences. Read full book review >
THE STORYBOOK OF LEGENDS by Shannon Hale
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Royal good fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
What's a girl to do when her mother is the fairy-tale world's worst evil queen? Follow in her footsteps? Never! Read full book review >
PALACE OF STONE by Shannon Hale
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Miri's story comes to a satisfying end; readers who have been waiting since 2005 will find their patience well rewarded. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Miri leaves her mountain of linder stone for another year of study and finds ethics and rhetoric to be powerful tools in the making of a revolution. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Will no doubt appeal to those fans who think that period clothes and happy romantic endings constitute an authentic re-creation of Austen's hard-edged novels."
In a sequel to her bestselling Austenland (2007, etc.), Hale sends another 21st-century American to play Regency heroine at Pembrook Park. Read full book review >
CALAMITY JACK by Shannon Hale
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Readers will relish this gleeful mix of fairy tale, adventure and romance. (Graphic fiction. 9 & up)"
Jack (of Beanstalk fame) is back in this companion to Rapunzel's Revenge (2008). Read full book review >
FOREST BORN by Shannon Hale
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"One doesn't need to have read the earlier books to become enraptured by this one, but doing so adds to the richness of these very satisfying tales. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Hale, like her readers, has clearly been enchanted with the characters she brought forth in her Books of Bayern (The Goose Girl, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ACTOR AND THE HOUSEWIFE by Shannon Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Hale's prose is friendly and funny, but she doesn't bring her premise to life."
Mormon housewife meets British heartthrob, and the two become best friends. Disbelief is duly suspended. Read full book review >
RAPUNZEL’S REVENGE by Shannon Hale
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A dash of typical fairy-tale romance, a strong sense of social justice and a spunky heroine make this a standout choice for younger teens. (Graphic fiction. 10-14)"
A beloved fairy tale gets a glossy graphic-novel makeover, reworked in a fanciful Old West setting. Read full book review >
BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS by Shannon Hale
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Dashti's voice is bright and true; Hale captures her sturdy personality, Saren's mental fragility and Khan Tegus's romantic warrior as vibrantly as she limns the stark terror of the Mongolian cold and the ugly spirit from which Khasar draws his strength. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A rousing, even spellbinding tale—with outlines in the Grimms' Maid Maleen—is set in medieval Mongolia and told in journal form. Read full book review >
AUSTENLAND by Shannon Hale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"Mindless froth that Austen addicts will love."
Yet another player in the literary parlor game of re-writing Jane Austen. Read full book review >
RIVER SECRETS by Shannon Hale
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Her language glimmers like firelight, like sunshine on water as she propels readers along a river of wonderful writing to the tumultuous and heart-tugging climax. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A character from Goose Girl (2003) and Enna Burning (2004) takes center stage in this marvelous continuation. Read full book review >
PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The climax involving evil brigands is a bit forced, but everything else is an unalloyed joy. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
There are many pleasures to this satisfying tale: a precise lyricism to the language ("The world was as dark as eyes closed" or "Miri's laugh is a tune you love to whistle") and a rhythm to the story that takes its tropes from many places, but its heart from ours. Read full book review >
ENNA BURNING by Shannon Hale
Released: Sept. 15, 2004

"Powerful and romantic. (Fiction. YA)"
Those who thrilled to Hale's re-imagining of The Goose Girl (2003) will probably be as delighted with this sequel, as Enna the forest girl takes the stage. Read full book review >
THE GOOSE GIRL by Shannon Hale
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The rest is for us to learn.' (Fiction. YA)"
A beautifully textured and deeply re-imagined version of the Grimm Brothers Goose Girl, Hale's first novel is too long by a fair amount, but ensorcelled teen readers, swept up in the romance and the luscious language, probably won't notice. Read full book review >