I just finished Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. This wonderful book was written for youth, but is just as wonderful for adults. The priests have made a prediction that the prince must marry a girl from Mount Eskel, one of the outlying territories in the kingdom. All the young ladies must attend a princess academy to ready themselves for the prince.
This fairy tale is about the main character, Miri, discovering who she is and her place in her village. She discovers that the events in her life that she has allowed to define her aren't based in truth. I think it's an important read for all young ladies. It will help them to look inside themselves, and see who they really are. Often our perceived weaknesses are self imposed, and the earlier we learn this the better our life will be.
A favorite quote, "Never hesitate if you know its right."
First Line, "Miri woke to the sleepy bleating of a goat."
Last Line, "From the cracks in the rocks all around, the miri flowers were already blooming."