The Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale – Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway

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Princess Academy ForgottenPrincess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale

After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!

Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.

As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.

Fans of Shannon Hale won’t want to miss this gorgeously woven return to this best-selling, Newbery Honor-winning series.

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Author Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series; Book of a Thousand Days; The Books of Bayern; Dangerous; and the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.


Guest Post on Sibling Relationships

I am one of five siblings. Growing up, the bond we had was forged with shared experiences. As adults, we have our own homes, families, lives, and have fewer and fewer shared experiences, so our continuing bond is strengthened in the retelling of past experiences. Our stories unite us.


“Remember when Jeff was returning the lasagna pan to the neighbor, and we saw him creeping through the bushes in the yard, pretending the pan was an assault rifle?”


“Remember when Jessica used to sleepwalk? And that time I was playing cards with my friends and she comes in, eyes open, and asks, ‘Where is the string? You need to put the string on the thing before the cat comes.’”


I have four children of my own now. I’ve noticed how much of the bond between them is forged from stories too–not just of what they do or have done together, but of the books we read. I read a chapter a night from a novel to the older two, and in conversation they will reference the books from the past.


After reading The BFG:

“Giants don’t eat little children,” my daughter says to reassure her little sisters, who express fear of giants.

“Yeah, but they do eat snozzcumbers,” says my son.

My daughter nods knowingly.


My children talked recently about vacations they would want to take.

“I want to go to the Atlanta Zoo and visit Ivan,” my daughter says.

My son agrees. After reading The One and Only Ivan together, the gorilla feels a part of our family too.


One night, after finishing Tales from the Wayside School, my kids and I were falling asleep in the same room. Into the quiet, my son whispered, “Benjamin Nushmutt…” and his sister broke into hysterical laughter.


Stories unite people. It’s wonderful as a parent to see my children even more closely bonded because we don’t only live our own lives together, we read and so experience multiple lives, many possibilities, so many stories.

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  1. I love these books! I’m really excited about the newest one!

  2. ruthelizabeth42 says:

    I haven’t read any yet but I’ve heard such great thing about the series. I can’t wait to start reading the first one.:)

  3. I have to say that I cannot honestly tell you my favorite thing about The Princess Academy Series since I have never read any of them. After reading this post, I am definitely interested and going to check out reading the first book on my Nook.

  4. I don’t really know. I have been reading the Princess Academy books since I was little, so they’re pretty much a given on my list of favorites. I love Miri, and I guess I could say one of my favorite things about her is the way the books revolve around her brains instead of her looks.

  5. I love stories with strong heroines who don’t wait around to be rescued by the boys.

  6. Kristy Petree says:

    I like fantasy stories and I love all kinds of stories that feature educational institutions (high school, magical schools and academies, boarding schools, and even colleges) because they make such great settings for friendships and such. Thanks!

  7. I have only read the first and that was a long time ago. I loved the main character. I loved the friendships and she found love, and it wasn’t the Prince.

  8. Anita Yancey says:

    I haven’t read any of them yet, but they sound like great books. I love the covers.

  9. Mary G Loki says:

    Idk yet! I have all of Shannon Hale’s other books so I am confident I will love PA too!

  10. I haven’t read any of these books so can’t say anything about my favorite thing. They look like great books.

  11. I love the characters in these books. They have become my friends.

  12. I really enjoyed the first two Princess Academy books! I loved how Miri studied so hard to be at the top of her class—she was driven.

  13. I have not read them but would love to have the chance.

  14. Natalie Brown says:

    I haven’t read any of these books. Although, they look right up my alley. I usually enjoy these types of stories. 🙂

  15. Haven’t read them yet but I look forward to doing so!

  16. I read the first on back in elementary school, so a while ago, and I don’t really remember the story too much, but I do remember that I loved it a lot! I also didn’t know that there was a sequel, let alone that it was a trilogy, so I am excited to read them!