Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

A Shannon Hale (and Lloyd Alexander) Update

For my Waiting on Wednesday post last week, I choose The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale, the third book in the Princess Academy series. A few days ago, Shannon published a blog post including the cover images of the new versions of all three books, created by Jason Chan:

The Forgotten Sisters will be published on March 3rd, 2015, and the first two redesigned paperbacks will be available the same day. For those of you who didn’t see my Waiting on Wednesday post, here is the description:

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, award-winning series.

In other interesting news… Lloyd Alexander’s The Book of Three 50th anniversary edition, with an introduction written by Shannon Hale, was published two days ago, on September 23rd! Visit this post on YA Bibliophile to see the beginning of the blog tour, and see here to read the beginning of the book, including Shannon Hale’s lovely introduction. Here are the covers and description:

(A blurry Hardcover edition)

(Paperback edition)

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is proud to publish this 50th Anniversary Edition of Lloyd Alexander’s classic The Book of Three, the first book in the Chronicles of Prydain, with a new introduction by Newbery Honor–winner Shannon Hale. This anniversary edition is filled with bonus materials, including an interview with Lloyd Alexander, a Prydain short story, the first chapter of the next Prydain book (The Black Cauldron, a Newbery Honor book)an author’s note, and a pronunciation guide.

Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero.  Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli—all of whom have become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.

The Book of Three was my favorite book in fourth grade, after our teacher read it out loud in class. I later read the rest of the series on my own multiple times, and in the same year choose to be Eilonwy in a movie we wrote and filmed. I have tried to get Kate to read it many times, but haven’t been successful yet!

What do you think of the new Shannon Hale Princess Academy covers? Are you excited for The Forgotten Sisters? What about the new The Book of Three edition? Was this also a favorite book when you were younger?


2 comments on “A Shannon Hale (and Lloyd Alexander) Update

  1. you know who i am gwen
    September 25, 2014

    those are the most hideous covers good lord

    • gwenkate
      September 25, 2014

      Wow you have strong opinions :-) Do you mean in general or that they don’t suit the Princess Academy books? ~Gwen

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