It has been foretold by the priests of the lowlands that the prince's bride-to-be will come from the remote territory of Mount Eskel. The girls of the mountain, however, either work in the quarry or, in Miri's case, tend to the goats. None of them are cut out to be princesses, but what choice do they have? Before the prince comes to visit and choose his bride, all eligible girls will attend an academy to prepare for the life of a lowlander princess. While at school, Miri faces competition between the other girls to be academy princess and she's torn between the desire to be chosen and the desire to stay a girl of Mount Eskel. But when danger strikes, it's up to Miri and her wits and courage to save herself and her classmates.
Look no farther than your hand, Make a choice and take a stand. In The Princess Academy, Shannon Hale begins each chapter with a phrase like the one above. I chose this phrase because I think it represents Miri in a way. She chooses unique and simple ways to solve problems and she'll do anything for her friends and family. Once again Shannon Hale has amazed me with her writing. She uses excellent description and her ideas are unique and creative. I love the fact that the whole story takes place on the mountain, because I think it's interesting that so much happens on the mountain. One of the themes in this novel is to be courageous. Miri is constantly having to stand up for herself and others and Miri's the one who has to save the day when danger strikes.
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