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Shannon Hale - Author

About the Author

Shannon Hales's mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering endlessly in her carriage as the two strolled through the neighborhood; once she could form complete sentences, she made up stories, bribing her younger siblings to perform them in mini plays. When she was ten, she began writing books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine, and she continued writing secretly for years while pursuing acting in stage and improv comedy. After detours studying in Mexico, the U. K., and Paraguay, Shannon earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. In the interim, she submitted short stories and novels to magazines and publishers, saving all her rejection letters which she has since laminated into one continuous 60-foot roll which she proudly unfurls to audiences as a testament to her dedication and determination. Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a New York Times bestseller. Shannon has also written three books for adults, Austenland, Midnight in Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean, their children, and their pet, a small plastic pig. www.shannonhale.com

Featured books by Shannon Hale

Midnight in Austenland A Novel

Midnight in Austenland A Novel

Author: Shannon Hale Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

Charlotte Kinder is in need of true escape when she heads from Ohio to Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen-themed retreat in the British countryside. But as it turns out, this vacation is no time to relax. Hearts are racing and stomachs fluttering in a tangle of intrigues - real and pretend, sinister and romantic - increasingly tough to sort out.

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Other books by Shannon Hale

Diana: Princess of the Amazons

Diana: Princess of the Amazons

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2020

After an escapade goes wrong, Queen Hippolyta chastises Diana for not living up to the Amazon standard. Diana just can't seem to measure up, no matter what she does! Literally every other person on the island is an adult proficient in their trade and mighty in body, while she is gangly, sometimes clumsy, and not particularly proficient in anything. She's not Wonder Woman yet. What Diana needs is a friend; someone her own age whom she can talk to. But when she decides to take matters into her own hands--she may just make a monster instead.

Best Friends

Best Friends

Author: Shannon Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2019

The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate

The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Princess Magnolia and Princess Sneezewort are planning a princess playdate, but then a shout from a monster outside Princess Sneezewort's castle interrupts their fun. This is a job for the Princess in Black! Yet when the Princess in Black gets there, she finds only a masked stranger and no monster in sight. Could there be another hero on the horizon? Action and humour abound in this ode to friendship that proves that when shape-shifting monsters intrude on your plans, two heroes are better than one.

The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare

The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Princess Magnolia is excited to go to the Science Fair to present her poster about seeds and plants. But when she and her friends arrive they find a surprise goo monster at the fair. This is a job for the Princess in Black and the Princess in Blankets! But will two masked heroes be enough to save the science fair? A little scientific problem-solving - and a lot of princess power - will make the sixth entry in the New York Times best-selling series a smash hit.

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde

The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

The third adventure in the bestselling, hilarious and action-packed series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black. Princess Magnolia and her unicorn, Frimplepants, are on their way to have brunch with Princess Sneezewort when Princess Magnolia's glitter-stone ring rings. The monster alarm! After a quick change in the secret cave, Princess Magnolia and Frimplepants are transformed into the Princess in Black and her faithful pony, Blacky. But when they get to the goat pasture, all they can see is a field full of darling little bunnies. Are these bunnies as innocent as they appear?

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2018

Doreen Green, age fourteen, is a little too busy wiping out crime in her suburban New Jersey neighborhood to focus on her overdue homework. That's because she also happens to be Squirrel Girl, a bushy-tailed, squirrel-powered Super Hero!After foiling the nefarious plot of an amateur Super Villain, Squirrel Girl is finally finding her groove--and group texting with the Avengers, like, all the time. Doreen, on the other hand, is still trying to navigate friendships, evil teachers, and all the pitfalls that come with middle school. (Seriously, it's complicated.)An announcement goes out that sends waves of excitement through the community: There's a new mall opening on the border of Shady Oaks and neighboring town Listless Pines, and they all get to vote on the mall's mascot! Everyone goes wild over the election . . . a little too wild, if you ask Squirrel Girl and her BHFF (Best Human Friend Forever), Ana Sofia.Soon the two towns are at war--even the trusty Squirrel Scouts are going berserk. Is there something sinister at work in Shady Oaks? Something that has less to do with quality shopping choices and more to do with world domination? And will Squirrel Girl be able to unleash the furry paws of justice in time to save the day?

Monster High/Ever After High: The Legend of Shadow High

Monster High/Ever After High: The Legend of Shadow High

Author: Shannon Hale Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2017

A dangerous story is bubbling and almost all the Narrators are scared to tell it. Cracks in the World of Stories are spreading, and the ominous Shadow High is gaining power. Only one young, brave Narrator, Brooke Page, is ready to tell this tale.As the first cracks show, Frankie and Draculaura are accidentally transported to Ever After High, where they meet Raven Queen and Apple White. After the girls recover from the shock of learning that fairytales and monsters are real, they discover that the Evil Queen has escaped her mirror prison in search of the ultimate power, hidden in Shadow High. Frankie, Raven, Draculaura, Apple, and Brooke must stop the Evil Queen and save the World of Stories from the evil that lurks in Shadow High! 2017 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.

Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate

Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

Noseholes and elephants! A pet-eating monster interrupts a perfect playdate with Princess Sneezewort . . . but who is that new masked avenger?Princess Magnolia and Princess Sneezewort have plans . . . mysterious plans, like a princess playdate! They dress-up slam! They karaoke jam! They playhouse romp and snack-time stomp! But then a shout from outside Princess Sneezewort's castle interrupts their fun. It's a monster trying to eat someone's kitty! This is a job for the Princess in Black. Yet when the Princess in Black gets there, she finds only a masked stranger and no monster in sight . . . or is there? Action and humor abound in this ode to friendship that proves that when shape-shifting monsters intrude on your plans, two heroes are better than one.

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Princess Magnolia struggles to conceal her secret superhero identity in this action-packed sequel to New York Times bestseller The Princess in Black. A superhero princess, inconvenient monster alarms, a glittering party and spot-on slapstick pacing all abound in this sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Princess in Black. Today is Princess Magnolia's birthday party, and everything is going wrong. Just as her guests are arriving ... Brring! Brring! It's the monster alarm! Princess Magnolia has to run to the broom cupboard, ditch her frilly clothes, and become the Princess in Black! She rushes to the goat pasture, defeats the monster, and returns to the castle before her guests discover her secret. But every time Princess Magnolia is about to open her presents, the monster alarm rings again. And every time she rushes back - an inside-out dress here, a missing shoe there - it gets harder to keep the other princesses from being suspicious. Don't those monsters understand that now is not a good time for an attack?

The Princess in Black

The Princess in Black

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Who says princesses can't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black. The first in a funny, action-packed series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black! Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when... Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret - she's also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! A rollicking read from the award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham.

Real Friends

Real Friends

Author: Shannon Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Following little Shannon's life from kindergarten through fifth grade, Real Friends captures the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in 'The Group.' Shannon's honest and heartfelt story reminds us of how hard it was to learn what real friends are - and why finding them is worth the journey.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Squirrel Meets World

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Squirrel Meets World

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: eBook Release Date: 07/02/2017

Who Runs the World? Squirrels! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her fluffy tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel!After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, like a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born!She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and prevents vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?

Princess in Black Takes a Vacation, Book #4

Princess in Black Takes a Vacation, Book #4

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2016

Even monster-battling princesses get tired sometimes! But a peaceful time away is hard to find as the humorousNew York Timesbest-selling series continues.After battling monsters all night, a sleepy Princess in Black decides that she needs a vacation. After all, the Goat Avenger, a new hero who looks oddly familiar, has offered to protect the goats while she takes a much needed break. The very next day Princess Magnolia rides her bicycle to the seaside, where the air is salty, the sun is shiny, and the sea is as blue as monster fur. But just as Princess Magnolia is about to take a nap on her hammock, she hears a "e;ROAR!"e; Seriously? A monster? On the perfect beach? Impossible! Could a sea monsterreallyruin this vacation for the Princess in Black?

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2016

Princess in Black, Books 1-3

Princess in Black, Books 1-3

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2016

The Princess in Black:Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! Stopping monsters is no job for prim and perfect Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret: she's also the Princess in Black! Can Princess Magnolia sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? The Perfect Princess Party: Today is Princess Magnolia's birthday party, but just as her guests are arriving . . . The monster alarm! Princess Magnolia runs to the broom closet and becomes the Princess in Black! She rushes to the goat pasture, defeats the monster, and returns to the castle before her guests discover her secret. But every time Princess Magnolia is about to open her presents, the monster alarm rings again. Don't those monsters understand that now isnota good time for an attack? The Hungry Bunny Horde:Princess Magnolia and her unicorn, Frimplepants, are on their way to have brunch with Princess Sneezewort. But just when they arrive, Princess Magnolia's monster alarm rings. Princess Magnolia and Frimplepants transform into the Princess in Black and her faithful pony, Blacky. But when they get to the goat pasture, all they can see is a field full of darling little bunnies nibbling on grass, wiggling their fluffy tails. Where are the monsters? Are these bunnies as innocent as they appear?From the Compact Disc edition.

Tell Me What You Love? A Children's Picture Book.

Tell Me What You Love? A Children's Picture Book.

Author: Shannon Hale Format: eBook Release Date: 05/02/2016

Author Shannon Hale presents "e;Tell Me What You Love?"e; This sequel to her stunningly beautiful "e;Tell Me What You See?"e; is perfect Valentine's Day or any day reading. A gorgeous picture book for anyone who has ever delighted in the subtle softness of "e;Goodnight Moon"e; or the quiet beauty of "e;Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"e; Sure to tug on the heart strings of children and adults alike, this book is absolutely beautiful to behold.