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An Irish Princess' Tale

By Donna Jo Napoli

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780689861765, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2007

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Description
Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in mediaeval 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.
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