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The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale


Book Summary

The crown princess--next in line to the throne--Ani is instead sent away to marry a prince from a neighboring kingdom.  More comfortable speaking to animals than to members of the court, disaster strikes on the journey, and Ani is left to survive on her own.  Does she truly belong in a palace?

Although this is a stand-alone story, it is part of Shannon Hale's Books of Bayern series.

Book Review

This is a Cinderella tale with a heroine who is stronger and has more depth, and a plot that offers political intrigue, adventure, and questions about social status and class issues.  The title lacks excitement and romance, but the heroine is a survivor and the story is compelling.  Readers who loved A Little Princess in fourth grade will love The Goose Girl in eighth grade.

The Goose Girl book cover
The Goose Girl

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Social and Economic Class Systems
  • Loyalty / Betrayal
  • Identity
  • Qualities of Good Rulers and Governments
  • Ego; Power
  • Justice

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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