Search Results: "Shannon Hale"


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THE FORGOTTEN SISTERS by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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PALACE OF STONE by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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THE UNFAIREST OF THEM ALL by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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DANGEROUS by Shannon Hale
YOUNG ADULT
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE PRINCESS IN BLACK by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE PERFECT PRINCESS PARTY by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A chuckle-inducing, entirely worthy stand-alone follow-up to the terrific The Princess in Black (2014). (Fantasy. 5-7)"
Princess Magnolia's perfect birthday party's threatened by constant monster alarms, summoning her secret identity again and again. Read full book review >

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REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A painful and painfully recognizable tale of one girl's struggle to make and keep 'one good friend.' (author's note) (Graphic memoir. 8-12)"
A truth-telling graphic memoir whose theme song could be Johnny Lee's old country song "Lookin' for Love in all the Wrong Places." Read full book review >

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RAPUNZEL’S REVENGE by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >