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|Princess Academy : palace of stone|
Author: Hale, Shannon
Miri returns to Asland and calls upon all of her knowledge of rhetoric and other useful lessons learned at the Princess Academy when she and the other girls face strong opposition while working for a new, fair charter.
Princess Academy, Bk. 2
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 153169
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 16.0 Quiz: 58482
Common Core Standards
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
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Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Range of Reading & LEvel of Text Complexity
Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/12)
School Library Journal (08/01/12)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2012 Gr 6 Up—In this follow-up to The Princess Academy (Bloomsbury, 2005), Miri and her fellow graduates are headed to Danland's capital city to attend the wedding of their friend Britta and Prince Steffan. Miri is also given a place at the university and wonders if she might stay in the city rather than return to her tiny village of Mt. Eskel.This indecision is complicated by her mixed feelings about Peder, her maybe-fiancé from home, and Timon, the friendly scholar she meets in her classes. When delegates from the other provinces stage an insulting protest to the king, Miri learns that the Eskelites are not the only ones who have been abused by the monarchy, and that the "shoeless" poor are close to rebellion. She is enlisted to befriend the rebels and quickly becomes sympathetic to their side. When it turns out her new friends have an agenda of their own, she realizes that she has put Britta's life in danger. The rebellion plotline acts as a primer on why change and social improvement are so difficult, and how resorting to violence can backfire. Miri may be just a young woman from Mt. Eskel, but in Palace of Stone she proves once again that with quick wits and brave words, one person really can change the world.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/02/2012 Miri’s chance to leave Mount Eskel, home of Danland’s valuable linder-stone mines, to attend university in the capital city, Asland, is too tempting to refuse. She will also help former classmate Katar, now Mount Eskel’s delegate to the capital, help assess brewing political intrigue. Hale’s sequel to Princess Academy (2005) stirs up plenty of suspense and surprise as the kingdom teeters on the brink of Asland Spring. With characteristic pluck, Miri navigates a delicate path between defending her academy friend and newly chosen princess, Britta, and working for a more humane and democratic government. “How could she face her family again if the king’s tributes reduced them to poverty worse than before?” But can she risk participating in a revolution that could be brutally suppressed? Miri’s appealing blend of innocence, bravery, and good sense will draw fans. This lively, provocative tale about political change and justice works better as a sequel than a stand-alone. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Princess Academy rode a Newbery Honor onto the New York Times Bestseller list, and Hale’s only gotten more popular ever since. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.