The Ugly One by Leanne Statland Ellis

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The Incan empire’s four-century ascendance has inspired plenty of nonfiction and over-the-top fantasy but perplexingly little historical fiction for kids. This recommended title can help fill that void.
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I had always been ugly, as far back as I could remember.

Micay has a deep scar that runs like a river from her right eye to her lip. The boys in her Incan village bully her because of it, and most of the adults ignore her. So she keeps to herself and tries to hide the scar with her long hair, drawing comfort from her family and her faith in the Sun God, Inti. Then a stranger traveling from his jungle homeland to the Sacred Sun City at Machu Picchu gives her a baby macaw, and the path of her life changes. Perhaps she isn’t destined to be the Ugly One forever. Vivid storytelling and rich details capture the life and landscape of the Incan Empire as seen through the eyes of a young girl who is an outsider among her own people.

 

About Leanne Statland Ellis

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Leanne Statland Ellis teaches third to fifth graders in the Chicago area. She was inspired to write The Ugly One, her first novel, by her travels in Peru, including two visits to Machu Picchu. She lives near Chicago with her husband and daughter.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Clarion Books. 256 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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The Incan empire’s four-century ascendance has inspired plenty of nonfiction and over-the-top fantasy but perplexingly little historical fiction for kids. This recommended title can help fill that void.

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