Despite this busy schedule and thanks to the commute to New York by bus I had the time to read two books.
Author: Peter Fader
Publisher: Wharton Digital publishing
Miri lives with her family on Mount Eskel, a remote part of the Danlan kingdom. Families in this remote village live thanks to the linder, a very precious building material they extract from quarries. One day a messenger comes and announces that the future Prince's bride will be chosen among Mount Eskel's girls. To prepare for the Prince's arrival and choice, all the girls between twelve and seventeen are sent to an Academy to learn how to become a princess. They will be taught how to read, dance, make nice conversations and some rudiments of diplomacy and business knowledge.
Miri is a nice girl, the story is naive, full of good sentiments and moral lessons like "Education is really good", "Love triumphs of everything", a " To be rich is meaningless without love". As I said above I can't really blame the book or the author, after all these are important messages to convey to 12y old kids. At the same time, these kids have access to YouTube, Facebook and a whole online world that makes this book look satirical with all its sweetness and good sentiments.
Now I have thrown many stones, I have to confess that at this age my favorite book was the Little House series by Laura Ingalls. A series of books full of naive, good sentiments and moral lessons.... finally maybe 12y old kids in 2014 are not that different from 12y old kids in 1996.
Author: Shannon Hale