Author Shannon Hale published her first novel, Goose Girl, in 2003, but the writer has been telling stories for much longer. As chronicled in her bestselling graphic memoirs, Real Friends and Best Friends, Hale has been writing since age 10, when she first began documenting the fantasy stories she created in her head.
Hale has written many books for middle grade readers, or kids in late elementary and middle school. She has a variety of series that have include a fantasy fairy tale element. There is a series for kids of all ages. The Princess in Black, about a princess that becomes a masked crime-fighter in a black costume, is a great early chapter book series for ages 6 to 9. From there, readers can check out the Ever After High series about a fairy tale boarding school. These books are based on the popular dolls, and also have a video series available on YouTube and Netflix.
Readers will also enjoy the Princess Academy series. This series predates Ever After High, as the first book was published in 2005. The series focuses on a girl named Miri, whose village is conducting a search for the prince’s bride. All teen girls are forced to train at a princess academy, and Miri has to decide if she even wants to win the brutal competition.
Hale’s most popular book series is the Real Friends duology. These graphic memoirs chronicle Hale’s childhood from third grade through sixth grade, as she navigates the difficult and ever-changing world of friendship. The novels are extremely relatable for young readers. Hale captures the uncomfortableness of evolving friendships in a meaningful way. These graphic novels will hold up for many years to come.
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