Hush An Irish Princess' Tale (Hardcover)
|Author: Donna Jo Napoli|
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|Based on an ancient Icelandic folktake, this novel by the acclaimed author of "Bound" tells the story of a young girl who must learn to forget all that she knows and carve out a place for herself in the world--all without speaking a word.|
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Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in mediæval Ireland -- but all of this is lost the day she is kidnapped and taken aboard a marauding slave ship. Thrown into a world that she has never known, alongside people that her former country's laws regarded as less than human, Melkorka is forced to learn quickly how to survive. Taking a vow of silence, however, she finds herself an object of fascination to her captors and masters, and soon realizes that any power, no matter how little, can make a difference.
Based on an ancient Icelandic saga, award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli has crafted a heartbreaking story of a young girl who must learn to forget all that she knows and carve out a place for herself in a new world -- all without speaking a word.
An author of fiction for children and adult nonfiction and mystery novels, writer Donna Jo Napoli is admired for her alternate versions of familiar fairy tales. Presented as novels, these stories explore the psychological motives of such characters as the witch in Hansel and Gretel (THE MAGIC CIRCLE) and the witch/stepmother, prince, and lead character of Rapunzel (ZEL). A graduate of Radcliffe, Napoli has also worked as a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College and is the author of several adult-level books on linguistics.
"Napoli does not shy from detailing practices that will make readers wince: human hairs serve as sutures, bloody wounds are stuffed with moss--and the Russian crew repeatedly gang-rapes an older captive." 10/1/2007 "As always, Napoli is a spellbinding storyteller, her prose rich in details both tender and blood-soaked. From the texture of embroidery to the odor of sheep dung, her language is vivid, precise, cinematic." 10/1/2007 "Napoli does an extraordinary job of using the first-person voice to keep readers in tune with Melkorka's maturing character; her beautifully recounted journey will stay with teens long after the book ends." 12/1/2007
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