Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Series: Princess Academy #1
I have a very bad tendency of starting books that are impossible to put down on nights when I shouldn’t stay up and read anyway. This is no silly fairy tale, but a wonderful story of dreams, love, friendships, education and home. Miri is part of a hard working mining community on Mount Eskel, but the territory has been foretold as the home of the next princess. The Princess Academy is formed to prepare the girls for the prince’s choosing, but it prepares them for much more than that. The characters are unique and their bonds are strong whether they realize it or not.
Newbery Honor 2006