The Goose Girl

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 1, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 432 pages
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In this beloved first book in the Books of Bayern, from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale, Princess Ani must become a goose girl before she can become queen.

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life listening to her aunt's stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. As she grows up, Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but she never feels quite comfortable speaking with people.

So when Ani's mother sends her away to be married in a foreign land, she finds herself at the mercy of her silver-tongued lady in waiting, who leads a mutiny that leaves her alone, destitute, and fleeing for her life. To survive, Ani takes on work as a royal goose girl, hiding in plain sight while she develops her forbidden talents and works to discover her own true, powerful voice.

The first book in master storyteller Shannon Hale's beloved Books of Bayern series is equal parts fantastical and romantic, with an unforgettable protagonist to root for at its center.
 

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User Review  - HunyBadger - LibraryThing

Well written, engaging and different. I had never heard of this Grimm fairytale so the whole experience was new and Shannon Hale's voice made it so fun to read. I could not put it down. Loved the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

The illustrator, with one of her granddaughters, translated this anew from the original Grimm (according to the note on the dedication page). Oddly, I found some of the pictures to be amateurish... though most were attractive and apt. Read full review

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Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series, Book of a Thousand Days, The Books of Bayern, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, among other books. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.

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