The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern) (Paperback)

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There are a lot of Goose Girl retellings in the young adult reading scene, but this is the only one that I have read that I think does the classic Grimm tale justice. Shannon Hale expertly weaves the old story into a beautiful and well thought out new one that is impossible to dislike. The strong, realistic and likable protagonists are amazing and they fit right into the stunning world that Hale creates. the villians are cunning and the side characters are so complex and wonderfully written. This is a beautiful story that many people may think they know, but until they read this magical retelling, they will not know the full effect. 

— Ava


In this beloved first book in the Books of Bayern, from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale, Princess Ani must become a goose girl before she can become queen.

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life listening to her aunt's stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. As she grows up, Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but she never feels quite comfortable speaking with people.

So when Ani's mother sends her away to be married in a foreign land, she finds herself at the mercy of her silver-tongued lady in waiting, who leads a mutiny that leaves her alone, destitute, and fleeing for her life. To survive, Ani takes on work as a royal goose girl, hiding in plain sight while she develops her forbidden talents and works to discover her own true, powerful voice.

The first book in master storyteller Shannon Hale's beloved Books of Bayern series is equal parts fantastical and romantic, with an unforgettable protagonist to root for at its center.

About the Author

Shannon Hale is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty books, including fantasy novels The Goose Girl and Book of a Thousand Days, science fiction novel Dangerous, Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy, graphic novel memoirs Real Friends and Best Friends (with LeUyen Pham), and romantic comedy Austenland (now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell). She lives in Utah with her husband and frequent collaborator Dean Hale, their four remarkable children, and two ridiculous cats named Misty Knight and Mike Hat.

Praise For…

"A magical retelling of the Grimms' fairy tale . . . Hale's retelling is a wonderfully rich one, full of eloquent description and lovely imagery." - starred review, School Library Journal

"Enchanting." - The New York Times Book Review

"Luscious language . . . leads to a gorgeous, dramatic climax." - Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781681193168
ISBN-10: 1681193167
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Books of Bayern