LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

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.

ebook of the month

Other books by Shannon Hale

Whales

Whales

Author: Shannon Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

Whales, Library Edition Hardcover

Whales, Library Edition Hardcover

Author: Shannon Hale Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/11/2020

Princess in Black, Books 7-8

Princess in Black, Books 7-8

Author: Shannon Hale Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 22/09/2020

Kind of a Big Deal

Kind of a Big Deal

Author: Shannon Hale Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2020

Josie Pie was born to be a star. So she dropped out of high school to pursue her Broadway dreams, but after months of failed auditions, she finds herself broke, beaten-down . . . and nannying in Missoula, Montana. Lonely and directionless, Josie checks out the local bookstore, looking for the ultimate escape. And escape she does. Literally. She falls into the plots of her books, including a bodice ripper, a dystopian thriller, a YA romance, and more, all filled with swoony co-stars who just make her yearn to repair things with the boyfriend she left behind in NYC. As her reality begins to unravel, what starts as a welcome break from her lackluster life soon begins to feel like a stifling nightmare - but is it too late for Josie to get back to the real world?

The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle

The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle

Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2020

Everyone's favourite princess returns for her smelliest battle yet. A foul cloud is plaguing the goat pasture, but every time the Princess in Black and her friend the Goat Avenger manage to get rid of the odour, they accidentally blow it to another kingdom! Other masked heroes and their trusty companions show up to help, but how do you battle a stench when your ninja moves fail? Featuring three new princess superheroes and an unbearably big stink.

Diana: Princess of the Amazons

Diana: Princess of the Amazons

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

Best Friends

Best Friends

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

Shannon knows sixth grade is going to be a perfect year. She's got a spot in the in-crowd called The Group, and her best friend is their leader Jen, the most popular girl in school. But the rules are always changing, and Shannon has to scramble to keep up. She never knows which TV shows are cool, what songs to listen to, and, most importantly, which boys you're allowed to talk to. Who makes these rules anyway? And does Shannon have to follow them to stay friends with The Group?

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 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 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

The Princess in Black

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

A PERFECT PRINCESS. A SECRET SUPERHERO. 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.

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?

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.