The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl

eBook - 2008
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In this first book in New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale's b eloved YA fantasy series Books of Bayern , Princess Ani must become a goose girl before she can become queen.

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life listening to her aunt's stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. As she grows up, Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but she never feels quite comfortable speaking with people.

So when Ani's mother sends her away to be married in a foreign land, she finds herself at the mercy of her silver-tongued lady in waiting, who leads a mutiny that leaves her alone, destitute, and fleeing for her life. To survive, Ani takes on work as a royal goose girl, hiding in plain sight while she develops her forbidden talents and works to discover her own true, powerful voice.

Don't miss any of these other books from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale:

The Books of Bayern
The Goose Girl
Enna Burning
River Secrets
Forest Born

The Princess Academy trilogy
Princess Academy
Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters

Book of a Thousand Days


Graphic Novels
with Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
Rapunzel's Revenge
Calamity Jack

For Adults
Midnight in Austenland
The Actor and the Housewife
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing


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Mar 27, 2020

I read this book in 2016 but I don't remember anything about it

Jun 13, 2019

If you like horses, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! What happened to the horse is so sad and honestly put me off this author. Other than that, this book was very well written, just don't read it before bed.

DBRL_KrisA Sep 01, 2018

This has some interesting elements to it - the concept of talking to animals, to the wind, as well as the main theme of the princess, out of her element, forced to live as a commoner, a lowly goose girl, and thereby learn Important Lessons about Not Judging Books By Their Cover and about Being Thankful For What You Have. I also liked the intrigue of the plot to kill the princess and replace her with her serving girl.

I wasn't a huge fan of the romance, but it's a YA fantasy novel, so it's kind of expected.

Overall, while this was a decent story, it didn't grab me like other, similar YA fantasy novels have done. It was just okay, in my opinion.

Jul 24, 2018

LOVE this book. Srsly, read it now. You will love it I guarantee you

Also if you've already read it, read Enna Burning, then River Secrets and then Forest Born. They are all great!

LPL_CentennialC Jan 29, 2018

I’d read a few of Hale’s other books, but somehow never managed to pick up Goose Girl. Maybe the title wasn’t too appealing to me? But I am so glad I changed my mind and picked this book up! Goose Girl is an fantasy adventure full of heart. Things go horribly (fatally) wrong when Princess Ani is betrothed to a neighboring prince, and she must live in disguise one of the forest-born folk for survival. I absolutely fell in love with the kindness of the main character, the storybook style of magic and myth the world of Bayern is wrapped up in, and the strong friendships! If you like: tough princesses and wonderful storytelling, this is the book for you.

Sep 02, 2017

This book is THE BEST!

A retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm story, with a twist. I love fantasy and how the author developed the characters. - Kimia, Teen Volunteer

FindingJane Feb 15, 2017

This book is an imaginative expansion of a Grimm fairy tale as we see a nervous princess grow into becoming a force to be reckoned with as well as a capable leader. The elements from the original story (which may not be as well known as others) are all here: the bloodstained handkerchief, the white ill-fated horse Falada, the lady-in-waiting with aspirations above her station, the troublesome goose boy, a besotted prince and the horrible fate that awaits the false princess. (These weren’t called Grimm tales for nothing. Recall the fate of Snow White’s vicious stepmother: made to wear red-hot iron shoes and dance in them until she died.)

Where the author’s invention comes into play is showing us the origins of the princess Ani’s mystical power over the winds and the growth of her character as she sheds the carelessness of royalty to care for the down-to-earth, mundane people she will one day rule. We also come to understand the black heart of the conniving Selia, who believed that she could be a much better ruler than a tongue-tied princess.

When the evilness of Ani’s lady’s maid leads a country to the brink of warfare, the novel truly comes into its own. Ani learns the value of true friendship as she gathers a rag-tag crew to stand by her side and defy a king and a royal imposter. This is a wonderful re-working of Grimm, proving once again what happens when old tales are dusted off and handed to a gifted author to make her own.

Jul 12, 2016

this book is a great book, and i really enjoyed it. i also really enjoyed the 3 other books of this series, called enna burning, river secerts, and forest born. but i do like the goose girl and enna burning the best. also the princess acedemy and the two other books in the series are really good, and i enjoyed it.

Jul 12, 2016

I love this book! Also I love the two other books I have read from the same Author. (Princess Academy, and the second one).

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Jan 28, 2018

about a princess who has a very nice aunt who one day dies, a mother who neglects her, and her father injured in a accident and passes away. Her friend, Selia, becomes her lady in waiting and her 'best friend'. she has power to communicate with animals and is supposedly the crown princess. But when one day the queen announces Anidori's brother will be king instead, Ani is sent on a trip to another city to marry their prince. On her way, Selia starts to act weird. Her lady in waiting one day betrays Ani Ani sets off to where she was suppose to be at and with her new friends, Enna and others, they set off to overthrow Selia and her evil helpers.

Jul 11, 2013

after her father dies ani is sent to marry the prince of bayern.on the way her lady in waiting trys to kill all the people expept the ones who support her. luckly ani escapes.she
lives in bayarn as a goose girl.

Apr 09, 2012

After her father's untimely death, Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee is sent by her mother to marry the prince of Bayern to stop a war. On the way there her lady-in-waiting and half her protecters mutiny,and everyone except Ani is killed. She lives in Bayern's capital city as a goose girl named Isi until she can take back her name. She meets and falls in love with the young prince, Geric, disguised as a soldier. Then one day, she finds Talone, a protector who she thought had been killed. Then, they head off to crash the weading of Selia and Geric. It's Wind vs. People-speaking!


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Jul 12, 2016

"That horse's is not for riding miss. He's still wild, and doesn't respond to less experienced riders."
Ani smiled, " I have ridden him, I'll take him."

Jul 11, 2013



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