Hush: An Irish Princess’ Tale – Donna Jo Napoli

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

Anyone that is a fan of fairy tales or folk tales will enjoy this book. Melkorka is a strong girl, she knows her weaknesses, acknowledges the futility of her situation, and determines to win through in the end.  The idea of HUSH was a really brilliant one and this story is beautifully written.  Highly recommended.   –  Jessica, Teen Librarian

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