Hush by Donna Jo Napoli
An Irish Princess' Tale

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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.

About Donna Jo Napoli

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Donna Jo Napoli is the award-winning author of many distinguished books for young readers, among them The King of Mulberry Street and Daughter of Venice. She lives with her family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where she is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College
Published June 23, 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 330 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Napoli takes the bare bones of a legend—Icelandic, tenth century this time—and clothes it in fire, flesh and blood.

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Although a great deal happens externally, the reader will come away from the book with an understanding how things happen to Mel and her extremely limited capacity - both as woman and slave - to respond to them.

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When Melkorka protests about the way she looks, her mother says, “Hush, Melkorka.

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