Title: The Goose Girl
Author: Shannon Hale
Published: 2003 Bloomsbury
My Rating: 3 stars
Are you a fan of fairy tales? Have you ever heard the Brothers Grimm tell the story of The Goose Girl? Whether you have or have not, if you enjoy hearing a fairy tale retold, you will likely enjoy The Goose Girl. Although the storyline is quite predictable, even without prior knowledge of the story, it remains a captivating tale. Shannon Hale is a wonderful storyteller, this book being similar to Gail Carson Levine's or Jessica Day George's fairy tale books.
There are other books following The Goose Girl, continuing the series: Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born. Assuming these three are similar to the first, I would say that these are just about perfect for the older Junior Fiction reader.
The reason I picked this book up is two-fold. I knew that Shannon Hale had won a Newbery for Princess Academy (which I've not yet read) and I love Alison Jay's artwork. Beautiful! The Goose Girl was a great, must-finish-tonight type of book, one that I'll be sharing with my daughters someday.