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




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