SUGGESTED OUTSIDE READING BOOKS: PRINCESS ADVENTURES & CLASSIC ROMANCE
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. Miri lives on a mountain with her family where she lives a quiet life until the king decides that the future princess will be selected from the girls in Miri’s village. Miri is sent to a princess academy with a strict headmistress and challenging courses. Here Miri realizes that being chosen as the princess would change her life but also mean leaving her home and family behind.
Princess Academy: Palance of Stone by Shannon Hale. Miri and her princess academy friends are in a new city, Asland. Here they have a chance to attend a prestigious school at the Queen’s castle. Torn between loyalty to old and new friends, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small hometown and new city, Miri looks to find her own way.
Little Women by Louisa May Aloctt. This book about 19th century family life during and after the Civil War focuses on the four sisters of the March family.
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale. Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother. Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall. And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.
Princess 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.
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to settle in and make friends at boarding school. But when she learns that she'll never see her beloved father gain, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to pauper, she must swap dancing lessons and luxury for hard work and a room in the attic. Will she find that kindness and genorosity are all the riches she truly needs?
The Princess Test by Gail Carson Levine. In this humorous retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Princess and the Pea, Lorelei must pass many difficult tests in order to prove that she is a true princess and win the hand of Prince Nicholas.
Princess Nevermore by Dian Curtis Regan. When a fifteen-year-old Mandrian princess makes a wish in a wizard's circle, she winds up on Earth alone and without the ability and desire to return to home.