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High on the side of rocky Mount Eskel, far from the valleys where gardens are green and lush, where lowlanders make laws, Miriís family has lived forever, pounding a living from the stone of the mountain itself. For as long as she can remember, Miri has dreamed of working alongside the other villagers in the quarries of her beloved mountainside. But Miri has never been allowed to work there, perhaps, she thinks, because she is so small.
Then word comes from the valley that the king's priests have divined Mount Eskel to be the home of the princeís bride-to-bethe next princess. The prince himself will travel to the village to choose her, but first all eligible girls must attend a makeshift mountain academy to prepare themselves for royal lowlander life.
At the school, Miri soon finds herself confronted by bitter competition among the girls and her own conflicting desires to be chosen by the prince. Yet when danger comes to the academy and threatens all their lives, it is Miri, named for a tiny mountain flower, who must find a way to save her classmatesand the one chance to leave the mountain each of them is determined to secure as her own.
Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
Miri's adventures continue in this New York Times best seller
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Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters
The thrilling conclusion to Miri's story, coming to bookstores March 3, 2015
*"Action packed and wellpaced, the story's depth incorporates artful negotiation, the importance of education, and citizens' equality and rights. This final installment of The Princess Academy trilogy certainly leaves room for more books if Hale were so inclined. Won't she reconsider?"
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