The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
(Books of Bayern)

80%

22 Critic Reviews

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.”
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the
first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to
communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of
animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when
her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey
to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade
anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani
eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way
to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and
magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she
can become queen of the people she has made her own.

Look out for the other books in this series: Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born!
 

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 December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 401 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Goose Girl
All: 22 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

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.”

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Diane Samuels on Jan 16 2004

The simplicity of the original manages to condense, in its seven pages, the essence of one young girl's relationship with wordly status, the forces of nature and where true power lies.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Diane Samuels on Jan 16 2004

What the book develops from this core is a greater sense of the world in which the story unfolds. A name for the princess is but the beginning of an evocation of her family, her country, Kilindree, and its relation to Bayern, the kingdom of her betrothed.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Hanna Howard on Jun 03 2010

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop for fear of giving anything away. If you have not read Shannon Hale, start today. Her books are like flowers: delicate, unique, and gorgeous—but full of detail and strength. And The Goose Girl is no exception.

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Large Print Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness on Dec 23 2015

Whether you have read the print version of The Goose Girl, or if this is your first introduction to the story, you will be stunned with the breadth of emotion that this story evokes.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by NeverCaredForKool-Aid on Sep 29 2014

Hale does an excellent job portraying raw emotion. Throughout the story, you can clearly feel any character’s anger, outrage, fear, relief, revelation, or bliss.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by lfm63096 on Sep 29 2014

I recommend The Goose Girl to teenage girls who like fantasy. The beginning is a little slow but once I got into it, I could hardly put it down. This book is part of a series of three books but they don’t necessarily have to be read in a certain order.

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
on Jun 22 2012

Shannon Hale does an excellent job with modernizing and embellishing fairy tales. Ani is a wonderful character, who starts out sheltered and fearful, but manages to rise to the occasion and learn how to be who she was meant to be since birth.

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Jen on Sep 29 2014

Ani is attacked and her life is threatened several times. The ending, however, is a happy one and Ani and the prince of Bayern share a sweet kiss. Fans will look forward to the next book in the series, Ena Burning.

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Things Mean a Lot

Good
Reviewed by Ana S. on Mar 24 2008

I don’t think I have been this completely enchanted by a book since I read Stardust for the first time. As I mentioned before, Shannon Hale used the Grimm’s fairy tale as a departure point to carefully craft a very rich world...

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The Blue Bookcase

Good
Reviewed by Liesl on Nov 24 2015

It's a long one, but it's great for all ages. I first read this when I was 18, but my nieces read it when they were 12. It was just as good re-reading it 3 years later.

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The Literary Omnivore

Good
on Aug 05 2013

The Goose Girl is a complex coming-of-age story where a young woman earns her own soul in the process of taking back her title. Highly recommended.

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Reading for Sanity

Good
Reviewed by Kari on May 31 2012

The experiences she's forced to work through enrich her character and create growth I don't think her life would have had in any other way. I also loved her animal skills--how great would it be to speak with animals? The love story, although brief, was sweet and perfect for the age this book is aimed.

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The Bluestocking Society

Good
on Jun 15 2008

Some of the more fantastical elements, like Ani’s the communications with the wind, were a little much for me. But I loved Ani’s mystical aunt and Ani’s communications with Jok, the goose, and Falada, her horse.

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Stacked

Good
Reviewed by Kelly on Dec 29 2010

The fourteen year old me who was so anxious about acceptance would have found a kindred spirit in Ani.

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The Sweet Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Mary on May 17 2010

Oh how I love thee Shannon Hale. You never disappoint and always tell the best tales. The Goose Girl is a re-telling of the Grimm's fairytale and it is awesome.

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The Sweet Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Jul 08 2009

From beginning to end I was completely enthralled. I even brought the book to work so I could read it on my 15 min tea break! I'm a sucker for a good fairytale, and Ani proves to one of my favorite heroines to date.

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Chachic's Book Nook

Good
Reviewed by Chachic on Jan 28 2010

It’s very easy to read and you become so engrossed with the story that you don’t want to put it down until you finish.

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Reviewed by Elisabeth Carey on Sep 29 2014

This is an adaptation of the Goose Girl fairy tale, so you know how it ends. It's an enjoyable adaption, and the only seriously worrying part is the promise that it's the first of a planned trilogy. Why does the Goose Girl need even one sequel, much less two?

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Scattered pages

Good
on May 24 2011

There’s so much more to this book...I’m captivated by the journey Ani/Isi makes. She progresses from a girl who is, let’s admit it, fairly useless in the broader scope of things, and grows into someone tempered by pain and experience, someone who can lead, wants to lead, and someone who will champion the people no one else sees.

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This Blong Reads

Above average
Reviewed by This Blonde Reads on May 28 2012

The Goose Girl is one that can come as a slow surprise for you. This is a story of a quiet girl who has to learn to have confidence in herself and has to find her strength. When we accept that we can be more than we ever dreamed of we can change the world around us.

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The Young Contemporaries

Good
Reviewed by Kate on Sep 13 2012

I remember several years ago checking out this book from the library and after that I always checked it out when I went to the library, this is such a fantastic novel and it is one that I love to re-read over and over again!

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