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Born 2000; Education: University of Utah, B.A. (English); studied in Mexico and England; University of Montana, M.F.A. (creative writing).

Agent—Amy Jameson, A + B Works, 615 Fort Washington Ave., Suite 2E, New York, NY 10040.

Writer; Allen Communications, Salt Lake City, UT, former instructional designer. Also volunteered as a missionary in Paraguay.

Top Ten Teen Book selection, American Library Association, and Josette Frank Award for Fiction, both 2003, and Humpty Dumpty Chapter Book Award, 2004, all for The Goose Girl.

The Goose Girl, Bloomsbury (New York, NY), 2003.

Enna Burning, Bloomsbury (New York, NY), 2004.

Princess Academy, Bloomsbury (New York, NY), 2005.

Shannon Hale is the author of the critically acclaimed young-adult novel The Goose Girl and its companion volume, Enna Burning. The Goose Girl, a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, concerns Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, the crown princess of Kildenree. Princess Shannon Hale's 2003 novel tells of a princess who, waylaid by a vengeful lady-in-waiting, must assume a lowly identity until she can rightfully reclaim her title and meet the prince to whom she is promised in marriage. (Cover illustration by Alison Jay.) Ani possesses the remarkable ability to speak to animals, especially birds, yet she fails to connect with her fellow humans. This disappoints Ani's mother, the queen, and she arranges for her daughter to be married to a prince in Bayern, a neighboring kingdom. During the journey to her new home, Ani is betrayed by Selia, her ambitious lady-in-waiting, who steals Ani's identity and attempts to murder the princess. Ani escapes into the forest, takes refuge with a kindly woman, and eventually makes her way to the royal palace in Bayern, where she serves as a goose herder while Selia poses as princess in her stead. When Ani learns of Selia's plot to incite a war between Kildenree and Bayern, she must rally the forest dwellers and farmhands to help her reclaim her rightful position. "Hale's retelling is a wonderfully rich one, full of eloquent description and lovely imagery, and with a complex plot, a large cast of characters, and a strong female protagonist," noted Connie Tyrrell Burns in School Library Journal. Anne O'Malley, reviewing the work in Booklist, called The Goose Girl "a fine adventure tale full of danger, suspense, surprising twists, and a satisfying conclusion."

Hale chose to retell "The Goose Girl," a favorite story from her childhood, because of its timelessness, as she told an interviewer on the Embracing the Child Web site. "The old tales, the tales the Grimm Brothers collected, lasted for decades and centuries for a reason," Hale commented. "There's a reason 'The Goose Girl' was worth telling generation after generation, passed from mother to daughter, persevering orally until it was written down in the nineteenth century. That's a story worth telling. That's a story that's going to resonate with a reader and yet surprise her still, a tale both old and new."

Enna, a forest girl who befriends Princess Ani in The Goose Girl, is the protagonist of Hale's 2004 novel Enna Burning. Having watched her brother develop the mysterious ability to speak to fire, only to lose his life while fighting an invading army, Enna decides to learn his secrets and assume her brother's role as a protector of the kingdom. She soon realizes, however, that fire is not easily controlled, and her newfound power places her in danger. "Enna's fire can be seen as desire, or a drug, or the will to power, or simply as a gift that must be made manifest," wrote a critic in Kirkus Reviews. "Hale has a deft touch with her prose and characterization," Charles de Lint observed in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. "The story is fast-paced and satisfying," the critic added, "and I especially liked how she was able to depict the ability to speak with the elements as both a wondrous thing and a terrible, soul-destroying power."

"I love the possibilities of fantasy," Hale told Dennis Lythgoe in the Deseret Morning News. "I heard someone say once that fantasy makes adults feel the wonder of childhood again—when everything was new." She continued, "I've longed for a merging of fantasy and literary fiction. I like the excitement, the page-turning feel of fantasy." Princess Academy, Hale's 2005 work, continues the author's page-turning trend; it follows the adventures of Miri who, along with the other girls of her village, attends a special school for budding princesses.

The Goose Girl A young woman able to command fire at will must learn to control her new power or risk destroying the kingdom she loves in this sequel to The Goose Girl. (Cover illustration by Alison Jay.)

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, August, 2003, Anne O'Malley, review of The Goose Girl, p. 1971; September 15, 2004, Jennifer Mattson, review of Enna Burning, p. 232.

Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2003, review of The Goose Girl, p. 910; September 12, 2004, review of Enna Burning, p. 866.

Kliatt, July, 2003, Claire Rosser, review of The Goose Girl, p. 12.

Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January, 2005, Charles de Lint, review of Enna Burning, p. 31.

Publishers Weekly, June 30, 2003, review of The Goose Girl, p. 80.

School Library Journal, August, 2003, Connie Tyrell Burns, review of The Goose Girl, p. 160; September, 2004, Connie Tyrell Burns, review of Enna Burning, p. 206.


Bloomsbury USA Web site, http://www.bloomsburyusa.com/ (February 1, 2005), "Shannon Hale."

Deseret Morning News Online, http://deseretnews.com/ (August 17, 2003), Dennis Lythgoe, "Author Born to Tell Stories."

Embracing the Child Web site, http://www.embracingthechild.org/ (July, 2003), interview with Hale.

Shannon Hale Web site, http://www.squeetus.com (February 1, 2005).

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over 1 year ago

you should put your adress on hear. i really need it for my book report

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almost 3 years ago

i LOVE princess academy but i want info on shannon hale not her books

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over 7 years ago

not very help full i want info on her not her books

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3 months ago

The series was great but didn't really end so, I have an idea on what could happen in a fifth book.
Isi takes up Rin’s offer on visiting the homestead and brings Tusken. He gets taught how to climb the biggest trees by Agget-kin. Tusken (He’s sixteen now) could be the main character. When he is young, Isi is telling him about the birds and what they are saying. As he grows up he learns their language. But when he goes on his trips to The Forest and Tira he starts to hear voices. He is confused. Tusken keeps it a secret from Isi. Eventually, he learns it’s other animals. The animals start to leave species by species, just after he understood who the voices were. Danger. There’s Foreign boats that are not from, Kel, Tira, Kildenree not even Yasid. These people are from a place called Dafrin. They’re trying to take over Bayern and claim it as their own. A war starts. Tusken goes in search of his animal friends. Along the way he finds some strong animals. He tries to convince them to fight for their land. At first, they don’t want to do it. But he comes back with Marlia (See below) and together convince them. The bears and wolfs are eager to fight. He prepares all of them and goes to war. When Tusken reaches the battel field he sees Isi fighting with the wind, Enna with the fire, Dasha with the water and Rin dodging and fighting in the Greenworld, Finn with his sword and Razo (I like to pronounce it Razio instead, I don’t know why) with his sling. Tusken and Marlia charge screaming a battle cry. The animals charge too. They fight and win the war. A few days afterwards, Isi asks Tusken about the animals and Marlia. He spills it all. Right from the start. Isi tells him it’s Animal-speaking.
How Marlia is in the story. Marlia becomes Tuskens girlfriend and has animal speaking too. She is from Dafrin and was forced onto a boat going to Bayern against her will. If you know how the British brought convicts to Australia (That’s where I’m from) to populate it, it’s sort of like that. She fights with him in the war. Marlia stays behind while the rest of her kind leave.
Isi, Enna, Finn, Dasha, Razo and Rin are still very much involved in the story too. Especially Rin. Enna and Finn have a three-year-old girl called Ember and a baby boy called Aston. Isi and Geric have a five-year-old girl called Nafeara.

I love books so much. The Books of Bayern series is my favourite series of books. They really suck me in, like I’m there. A lot of books do that but not like these ones do. One last thing. Any tips when writing a book? I’ve written two small books (Like, really small the longest one is nineteen pages) and I’m in the middle of my third. I really would love to be an author one day and write amazing books!

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about 6 years ago

hi i am Ellison and i really like your books, will you please please please write a fifth book to the goose girl series.

-Ellison :)

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9 months ago

What elementary school did shannon hale go to

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about 1 year ago