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Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

Book Summary

In this sequel to Princess Academy, Miri and her friends are leaving Mount Eskel again.  This time, they will spend a year in the capital city of Asland. Miri plans to study at the university while she visits her friend, Britta at the palace.  As exciting as the city is, there is poverty, too.  Miri worries about the political unrest--for the citizens who seek the changes they need to survive, for her friend in the palace, and for her family back home.

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Palace of Stone

Book Review

Fans of Princess Academy will not be disappointed, and they may even prefer this sequel.  This book is exactly what you would expect from Shannon Hale--a strong female character ready to make a difference in a tumultuous situation, with a little unusual magical element mixed into the plot. Although this author often includes romantic triangles in her books (this one is no exception), her heroines are concerned with larger issues of justice, friendships, ethics, and family relationships that go beyond the success or failure of romance.

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The changes we dream of will only come if commoners seize their own future.   p. 124

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Political Intrigue
  • The Good of One vs. Good for Many
  • Wealth, Poverty, Class
  • Revolution
  • Romance
  • Leaving Home, Growing Up
  • The Power of Education

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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