2006 Honor book
"High on the slopes of rocky Mount Eskel, Miri's family pounds a living from the stone of the mountain itself. But Miri's life will change forever when word comes that her small village is the home of the future princess. All eligible girls must attend a makeshift academy to prepare for royal life. At the school, Miri finds herself confronting bitter competition among the girls and her own conflicted desires to be chosen. Yet when danger comes to the academy, it is Miri, named for a tiny mountain flower, who must find a way to save her classmates - and the future of their beloved village."
I honestly did not expect much from this book. I'm not generally a big fan of books set in mideival times, and I had looked at this book a long time ago with disinterest. But, I was pleasantly surprised. I loved how one of the underlying themes was the discovery of books and the importance of education. It had a good amount of adventure, and a little bit of romance. I will be looking for other books by this author!