This book is pretty good. It is about a 14 year old girl named Miri, who lives in her tiny and poor village of Mount Eskel. The people of Mount Eskel make their living by getting linder from the quarry. The King from one of the kingdoms below the mountain says that the new princess will come from Mount Eskel. So, all of the girls from Mount Eskel between the ages of 11 and 17 are to go to a princess academy to learn to become more lady like and to be educated. The village is tiny, so only about 15 girls go to the academy. But soon, something awful happens to the academy and Miri saves them all.
1) Social behavior is iffy on this one because Miri is sort of an outcast. She is very petite, and her father does not allow her to work in the quarry. She thinks her father does not allow her to work in the quarry because she is so small, but that is not the truth. So, Miri is alone nearly all day because everyone is working in the quarry. The people of Mount Eskel are very nice to her, but Miri worries she is a burden.
2) Violence is a bit of an issue because some bandits take over the academy and try to kidnap the future princess for a ransom. Miri is taken hostage when help arrives, and she is nearly thrown off the mountain. Also, her father kills the badit with his mallet, but detail on this is not given.
This is a very good book. It is an easy read, but it really says a lot. It is not boring at all, although kids as young as 10 could read it.