Shannon Hale's Newbery-Honor winning novel is the story of Miri, a simple mountain girl whose family has always quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have chosen her small village as the home of the future princess.
In a year's time, the prince of Danland will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. To prepare the village girls, the king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Soon Miri finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires.
Filled with just a hint of magical realism, Shannon Hale shows all her great talent for original fairy tale stories in this incredible novel