THE GOOSE GIRL by Shannon Hale

THE GOOSE GIRL

From the "Books of Bayern" series, volume 1
Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

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. All the elements are here: a princess called Ani is born with the gift of hearing and understanding the birds, the wind, and her beautiful horse, Falada. But Ani’s mother, the queen, who has the gift of people-speaking, is so disappointed that Ani’s gifts are in another direction that she sends Ani off to marry a prince of the next kingdom. On the road, Ani’s serving maid Selia and her cohorts kill her guard and Selia takes Ani’s place. Ani is cared for by a forest woman, becomes a goose herd in the town, and sees Falada’s head hung in the town square. When Ani rallies her gaggle of friends to try to stop the war that Selia is instigating to hide her treachery, it leads to a gorgeous, dramatic climax where stories “tell us what they can. The rest is for us to learn.” (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-58234-843-X
Page count: 388pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2003




Kirkus Interview
Dean Hale and Shannon Hale
November 25, 2014

In Shannon and Dean Hale’s new book The Princess in Black, Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Our reviewer writes that The Princess in Black has “action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out?” The Princess in Black made it onto our Best Middle-Grade Books of 2014 list, which is one reason we’re delighted to talk to the Hales this week on Kirkus TV. View video >

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