Title: The Goose Girl
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Reading Level: 9-12 yrs
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.
From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.
I LOVE this book! My sister, Becca & Katie, have been after for me for the longest time to read this wonderful fairytale. I finally got my library here to buy a copy so I could read it. 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. You must read this coming of age tale! I give it 2 thumbs up!
This is the first book of three. The next in the series are: Enna Burning & River Secrets