An Irish Princess' Tale
By Donna Jo Napoli
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780689861765, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 23, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
Donna Jo Napoli is the acclaimed and award-winning author of many novels, both fantasies and contemporary stories. She won the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water in 1997. Her novel Zel was named an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, and a School Library Journal Best Book, and a number of her novels have been selected as ALA Best Books. She is the head of the linguistics department at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and children. Visit her at DonnaJoNapoli.com.