by Shannon Hale (4th+)
*Newbery Honor Book*
High on the Slopes of Mount Eskel, Miri’s family has lived forever, working the stone from the mountain itself as a living. Then one day everything changes for the young girls of the village. Word comes from the lowlands that the king’s priests have divined that the prince’s bride-to-be—the next princess will come from Mount Eskel. The prince himself will travel to the village to choose his bride, but first all eligible girls must attend a makeshift academy to prepare for royal lowlander life. At the school, Miri finds herself confronting both bitter competition among the girls and her own conflicted desires to be chosen. Yet when danger comes to the academy, it is Miri, who must find a way to save her classmates—and the chance for the future that each of them is eager to secure as her own.