Monday, May 16, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--The Goose Girl (and a Giveaway!!!)

Back for another MMGM (Whoo--2 in a row, I am on a roll!) and this week I'm featuring a book by one of my favorite authors, THE GOOSE GIRL, by Shannon Hale.


Though...personally I'm partial to the original cover (which happens to be the cover for the copy I'm giving away):


Here's a quick summary from Shannon's website:

She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste. Her name was Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. And when she was older, she watched as a colt was born, and she heard the first word on his tongue, his name, Falada.

From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.


Now, there's some debate over whether this book is MG or YA. On websites it's listed as YA. In bookstores, it's generally shelved as MG. Personally, I think it can go either way--which is why I chose to feature it for MMGM. It's hard to find "tween" books, so when I find one that's really special, I have to give it a shout out.

Middle grade readers will LOVE this fairy tale of princesses and magic. YA readers will be swept away by Hale's beautiful prose and the vibrant characters. And all of us won't be able to rest until we find out what will happen to Isi and her prince.

This is technically the first book in her Books of Bayern--and once you start, I have a feeling you're going to want to devour them all. So let me start your collection for you. I'm giving away a paperback of THE GOOSE GIRL to one lucky commenter on this post.

To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, May 21st. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, May 22nd. International entries welcome! Good luck!

For more middle-grade love, check out the other MMGMs happening in the blogosphere:

-Joanne Fritz features two of my FAVORITE books, GREY GRIFFINS: THE CLOCKWORK CHRONICLES (Books 1 and 2) with a GIVEAWAY!!! Click HERE to read her review and enter.


-Shannon O'Donnell always has an awesome MMGM recommendation. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week.


-Barbara Watson is highlighting BELLE PRATER'S BOY. Click HERE to see what she thinks.


-Aly Beecher is featuring JUNIPER BERRY--with a GIVEAWAY!!! Click HERE for details on how to enter.


-Myrna Foster is spotlighting THE SECRET OF PLATFORM 13. Click HERE to read her review.

-Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is featuring WORDS IN THE DUST. Click HERE to read more about it.


-Anita Miller is showcasing I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU. Click HERE to learn more about it. 






-Deb Marshall is featuring THE INVISIBLE ORDER. Click HERE to read her review. 







And if you've done an MMGM on your blog and would like me to link you, drop me an email and I'll update the post. 

Happy Monday!

53 comments:

  1. I loved this book. I was just thinking about it this week. So since I already read it, I'll let someone who hasn't win it. Good choice of book to feature this week. Thanks.

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  2. I think the debate over whether to list this story as MG or YA is interesting. Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Thanks for sharing! This book looks interesting!

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  4. 'She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste.' Love this, the prose is already sounding magical. I'd love to read more.
    - Sophia.

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  5. I have the original cover. My fav is Edna Burning. Love love love Edna and Finn. :D

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  6. I love fairy tales, and I agree with you about the cover :) Would love to have this as part of my collection!

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  7. Love the cover....and the book sounds amazing

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  8. Your reviews are always awesome!

    I've got one up for MMGM...Ally Carter's I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You.

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  9. You must have gotten a lot done lately, your blog posting is totally back on point.

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  10. I'm glad she shortens her name to "Isi"!

    Yes, tween books are a definite need. I'm writing one of my own, so this would be great research for how Shannon Hale pulls it off.

    Thanks for the splendid review.

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  11. Oh my wow...what a first line!

    She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste.

    Thanks for this Shannon! And the giveaway...too!

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  12. ooh, this has been on my to-read list for a while now!

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  13. I loved Princess Academy but I've never read the Books of Bayern. Always meant to, but too many books, too little time. Love your review, Shannon. I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list (I've won a few blogger contests recently, so please give it to someone else -- I'll buy a copy with my employee discount).

    As for shelving, we shelve this in YA, but I can see that it would appeal to that 10 to 14 group. The lines between MG and YA have definitely blurred in recent years!

    Thanks for the link, as always.

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  14. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  15. I'm so glad you're spot lighting this book. I absolutely love it! I barreled my way through all four in no time. And I love Shannon Hale's other books. She's fabulous! Thanks for another giveaway. I really want to win this one ;) *Crosses fingers...and okay, yes, toes too*

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  16. Oh, oh, oh! I absolutely aDORE this book!!!!!!! :D Definitely count me in. :)

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  17. What a great prize! Shannon Hale is amazing.

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  18. Very beautiful cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  19. This is one of my favorite tween books ever, second only to Shannon's Princess Academy. I agree, I'm more partial to the original cover, too.

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  20. I love Shannon Hale!!! The new cover reminds me of Mette Ivie Harrison Princess series.

    dbookstrings(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. This is one of my favorites! I love the whole series. :)

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  22. I love this book too and I couldn't agree more on the cover.

    great review - every child should read this book :)

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  23. What a great book to give away - thanks for the chance!

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  24. I think the original cover is better as well :)
    Thanks
    follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  25. The second cover has a more fairy tale feel to it.

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  26. I love Shannon Hale's books--the second one has such a classic feel to it.

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

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  27. I looooooooooooooove this book. :) Because you sent it to me <3 <3 (So don't enter me, but I still had to comment on how much I enjoyed it!)

    xoxo

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  28. I keep seeing Shannon Hale's name, and I have yet to read any of her books. I think this is the one my friend was recommending to me since I love fairy tale retellings!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. I love this book. :) Shannon Hale's story of how it came to be published is so inspiring!

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  30. I think both covers are nice. The first one is fairy tale like and the second one makes me think of old paintings and museums. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  31. I have the original covers on all of these but the fourth. They are awesome. I love the way Shannon Hale writes.

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  32. SOO happy you're featuring the wonderful Shannon Hale. She's one of my favorite authors and I LOVE the books of Bayern!! You're absolutely right about her prose - so wonderfully lyrical, just gorgeous.

    No need to enter me into this one, as I already have a hardback with the original cover (which I much prefer, too). But, I'm so happy it will go to someone else who will get to discover an awesome author and a beautiful story ~ :)

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  33. *falls over* Goose Girl!
    Hey Shannon, did I ever tell you that you're my best friend EVER? *shifty eyes*
    Thanks!
    rivkarno1(At)Hotmail(dot)com

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  34. I loved this book too! And I'm partial to the original cover as well. You have really great taste, just so ya know.

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  35. Thanks for the review! I love any book based on folk tales or fairy tales :-)

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  36. I haven't heard of this -- sounds like something my daughters (and I) would love. Thanks for sharing about it.

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  37. Don't enter me -- I already own this. I need to read the rest in the series.

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  38. Love to play please.

    Following your blog.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I've always wanted to read this book! Please enter me!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  40. I still need to read this book! It's one of my friend's favorites. Thanks for the chance to win!

    rain_orchid11 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  41. I love The Goose Girl...more than Princess Academy. It is a perfect tween book. Fab pick as always. (oh, I don't need to be in the giveaway, since I've already got it. And I thought you would appreciate some parentheses.)

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  42. I like the 1st cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

    gfc follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  43. I too love the original cover.

    I'm a follower!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    thecozyreader @ gmail.com

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  44. gfc isn't appearing on the blog so feel free to add me when it's back up if i haven't already when i check in later... thx! email on profile at blog

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  45. ok, @_eHope has followed you on twitter as gfc isn't avlbl - hoping you're good w/ that? ...

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  46. I agree with you on the cover and yay, love the book!

    GFC follower!

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  47. I just discovered your marvelous Middle Grade Monday meme! I read a lot of MG books with my 10 year old daughter, so I will participate in this meme in the future.
    Please enter me in your giveaway. I am a new follower.
    laura at laurafabiani dot com

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  48. Well, it's ok because you don't need to know my email. First off, Goose Girl is by far the best book I've ever read (Ever will) And I can't find Enna Burning which makes ME sad. Good job on the sight BTW it looks awesome! Anyway, I like Shannon Hale, because none of her books really swear as far as I know, so it doesn't freak me out, and I love Goose GIrl because it's so adventurous and cool, lots of excitment. So sad about Falada, so happy about her and Geric, so mad at Ungolad, and don't even mention Selia. I love the name, but I hate the evil hearted lady who...who took Anidori Kiladra Talianna Isilee's place. BTW I'm going to be writing MORE. I heard of this spectacular book from a friend of mine who loves Goose Gir. She's read it all, like seventeen times. That proves Goose Girl never gets boring, or this friend of mine is just weird. I do think though that it would make you a better reader. It would also teach you that geese people ARE NOT dumb! I'm so happy that the ending ended with her and Geric. I thought Geric was being a jerk. Food is ready BYE

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  49. Ooo, another Shannon Hale book! Thanks for the try! :) Way to go on two in a row!! *happy dance*

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  50. I so love this book! Awesome giveaway!

    dreamstate at att dot net

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  51. I have been liking more and more middle grade books. A few days ago I wrote a review from A Tale of Two Castles, which I loved. http://oh-my-books.blogspot.com/2011/04/book-review-tale-of-two-castles-by.html

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    magabygc AT gmail.com

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