The Princess and The Goblin Book Summary and Study Guide

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Young Princess Irene is kept in ignorance of the ghastly goblins that live under the mountains--neither she nor any of the castle staff are allowed out after dark. But when she and her nurse Lootie accidentally stays out so late, a hideous creature chases them and nearly catches them. Because of that, Irene meets the young miner boy, Curdie, who knows the weaknesses of the goblins.
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After her narrow escape, Irene is drawn up into abandoned parts of the castle to where her great-great-grandmother lives, surviving on pigeon's eggs--also a wonderful character, somewhere between a guardian angel and a grandmother.
The review of this Book prepared by Karen

George MacDonald, born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland (1824-1905) was one of the early fantasy writers, or as they were called then, makers of fairy stories. This one has subtle but powerful magic, an heroic princess, hoards of goblins and their creatures, and Curdie, the poor but heroic young miner boy who has to be rescued by the princess before he can rescue her. There is more real magic in this book than in all the Harry Potters in the world. Can be enjoyed by readers of all ages from about 10 years upwards.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   an adult (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Family relations    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   a kid


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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