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Hush: An Irish Princess Tale by Donna Jo NapoliMelkorka 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 countrys 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.
Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale
That second star is generous. I really didn't like where this book went. The premise was interesting but this book was more about how women back in the day had to endure, not overcome. It's a sutble That was a really nice read! The tedious begining was actually worth reading - for the ending. Donna Jo Napoli is an acclaimed and award-winning author of children's books.
Hush; an Irish princess' tale. We can always trust Napoli Head of the Linguistics Department at Swarthmore College to give us a well-researched, thoughtful novel that touches deep emotions. Hush is essentially a story of a princess who loses everything and is forced into slavery. It is set in the 10th century and the heroine appears briefly in an Icelandic saga, telling of a woman named Melkorka, a slave of a local chieftain who purchased her from a Russian slave merchant. Melkorka doesn't speak, until her young son is two years old, when she begins talking to him in Gaelic, and then admits to her owner that she was once an Irish princess. That is the basic story Napoli takes as a basis for her imaginative portrayal of Melkorka, captured with her little sister by Russian slavers, sailing with them around the known world, to Kiev and to Arab lands, eventually being sold to an Icelandic chieftain who admires her beauty and courage. Melkorka's strength comes from many sources, including a decision to remain mute, not revealing her identity.
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Sign up for our newsletters! Fifteen-year-old Melkorka is a beautiful princess. She lives in medieval Ireland and is the first daughter of King Myrkjartan. Her maidservants wash and dress her, and she is accustomed to having slaves do her bidding. For her birthday Melkorka begs her father to take the family from their small town in the Kingdom of Downpartick to the wild and dangerous Dublin.