The Goose Girl is by Shannon Hale. The first of the Books of Bayern. This is a marvelous re-telling of the original Grimms' fairy tale. Ani is a crown princess who has been pledged in marriage by her mother the queen to the prince of the neighboring kingdom of Bayern. As she and her small retinue make their three month journey to her new home, her lady in waiting decides to assume her identity and become the new queen. Celia uses her ability to influence people with her voice to convince half the guards to kill the loyal members of her company. Ani escapes and travels to the capital of Bayern to get her life back, and finds herself hiding at the palace working as a goose girl. The story follows Ani as she learns about Bayern, her ability to communicate with animals and the wind, and herself and who she really wants to be. A wonderful engaging coming of age tale.
Ratings: 6th grade - 9 out of 10 - V (non graphic violence).