The Goose Girl

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 1, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 432 pages
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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.

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

I really wanted a young adult read I could totally immerse myself in. This was not it. The Goose Girl is the retelling of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The writing was good and I really liked the feel of the book, but the plot advanced so slowly that I quickly became bored. Read full review

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User Review  - jennorthcoast - LibraryThing

This was a delightful, enjoyable read, a clever reworking of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Having said that, let me get the nitpicks over with: Hale’s prose is a formal passive-voice style, like a ... Read full review

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Shannon's mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering
endlessly in her carriage as the two strolled through the neighborhood;
once she could form complete sentences, she made up stories, bribing her
younger siblings to perform them in mini plays. When she was ten, she
began writing books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine,
and she continued writing secretly for years while pursuing acting in
stage and improv comedy. After detours studying in Mexico, the U. K.,
and Paraguay, Shannon earned a bachelor's degree in English from the
University of Utah and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University
of Montana. In the interim, she submitted short stories and novels to
magazines and publishers, saving all her rejection letters which she has
since laminated into one continuous 60-foot roll which she proudly
unfurls to audiences as a testament to her dedication and determination.
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 The New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written two books for adults, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean, their children, and their pet, a small plastic pig.