Reviews for Princess Academy : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2008 February/March
Shannon Hale's fantasy tells how Miri, a 14-year-old living in a mining village, comes into her own, saving the village from poverty and possible disaster and finding her place in the world. Narrator Laura Credidio's voice is pleasant and soothing, and her narration is well paced. The ensemble's acting is good, and the girls who attend the academy, including Miri, are uniformly charming. The casting reveals special care and intelligence in that the voices give dimension to the characters that the story bears out, a remarkable vocal foreshadowing that is due, of course, to the actors' skill. This sweet story will primarily interest 10-14- year-old girls, but even boys may enjoy it (though they may not admit it). W.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #6
When Miri spends a year in princess training, she learns surprising things about herself, her family, and her quarry-working community. Miri not only wins the title of academy princess but also transforms her mountain village's entire economy, vanquishes a horde of murderous bandits, and wins the heart of the boy she loves. This full-cast recording of Hale's 2006 Newbery honor book reflects care, with an accomplished narrator and snatches of song that introduce each chapter. Though the print version was appropriate for both elementary and middle-school readers, this production skews young, and middle-schoolers will likely find it too babyish; with its deliberate pace, it's not for impatient listeners, either. But for those with time and a penchant for strong heroines and wish-fulfillment fantasy, Princess Academy strikes the right note. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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