Synopsis: High on the slopes of rocky Mount Eskel, Miri’s family pounds a living from the stone of the mountain itself. But Miri’s life will change forever when word comes to her small village is the home of the future princess. All eligible girls must attend a makeshift academy to prepare for royal life. At the school, Miri finds herself confronting bitter competition among the girls and her own conflicted desires to be chose. Yet when danger comes to the academy, it is Miri named for a tiny mountain flower, who much find a way to save her classmates – and the future of their beloved village. (From the back of the book)
Review: I read this as part of the Newbery quest and because I adore fairy tale books. While this isn't a fairy tale retelling, it has that feel. Miri is a strong character and I enjoyed watching her grow, sort through her life and feelings and come to a conclusion about who she is and what she wants. The other character were round and well-done and I particular enjoined the culture Hale created, the magic, the people and the story. Overall, I would recommend this book to any young girl, and I can't wait to read it to mine.
Bookmarks: 7 of 10
Awards: Newbery Honor 2006
Date Finished: 04-29-2011