Ring of the Slave Prince by Bjarne Reuter

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From one of Denmark's foremost writers, here is his most impressive book to date-a roguishly fantastic adventure story of piracy, slave owners, witch burning, shipwrecks, desert islands, and larger-than-life characters-the largest of which is fourteen-year-old Tom O'Connor, a poor, adventurous, charming liar who lives with his mother and half sister at a tavern on the island of Nevis in 1639. Good and evil, truth and lies, right and wrong tug at this unlikely hero when he rescues a slave from drowning, learns he is prince, loses him, travels the Southern Hemisphere in search of him, and finally brings him home to Cape Verde, hoping for a grand reward. But by the time Tom discovers that the prince is really a fisherman's son, the loss of reward doesn't matter-his adventures have brought him no use for greed, and as he says, "a reckless regard for other people's life and well-being."

Translated from Danish by Tiina Nunnally.

About Bjarne Reuter

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Bjarne Reuter is the recipient of a special citation from the Hans Christian Andersen Awards committee. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Published December 29, 2003 by Dutton Juvenile. 384 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Certain that his fortune is made after he rescues two survivors of a slave ship’s wreck—glib Ramón, and a young captive whom Ramón claims to be the easily ransomed son of a Cape Verdean king—Tom O’Connor leaves his poor but familiar life behind when the two suddenly disappear.

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An opening scene will pique the audience's interest with its colorful portrayal of a palm reading, wherein a disreputable fortuneteller finds in Tom a paradoxical blend of nobility, purity and villainy.

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