Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
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Hale handles these threads ably, although a scene in which the Eskelites stop a villain by using their ability to communicate through stone—a homegrown talent called "quarry-speech"—has a whiff of comic-book superhero that feels out of place. Still, this is a fine follow-up to a novel that already felt complete.
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The New York Times bestselling sequel to the Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy

Coming down from the mountain to a new city life is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have come to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school-at the prestigious Queen's Castle.

But as Miri befriends sophisticated and exciting students, she also learns that they have some frightening plans for a revolution. Torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city, Miri looks to find her own way in this new place.

Skilled storyteller Shannon Hale continues Miri's compelling story in this beautiful and inspiring sequel, now available in paperback for the first time.
 

About Shannon Hale

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Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written three books for adults, Austenland (now in production to be a major motion picture starring Keri Russell), Midnight in Austenland, and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, the author Dean Hale, and their four children. www.shannonhale.com
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 338 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 02 2016

Hale handles these threads ably, although a scene in which the Eskelites stop a villain by using their ability to communicate through stone—a homegrown talent called "quarry-speech"—has a whiff of comic-book superhero that feels out of place. Still, this is a fine follow-up to a novel that already felt complete.

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Open Book Society

Below average
Reviewed by Valerie on Oct 08 2012

I really hate giving Shannon Hale a bad review. It hurts a lot, but I feel as if Palace of Stone deserves it. It’s not cool how it’s a step down from Princess Academy...

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