City of Cannibals [NOOK Book]

Overview

“You will not show yourself to the boy.”
“Yes. I mean, I won’t, Father.”
“Or venture past you mother’s cross.”
He gripped his spoon as if it were a knife.
“You know why it is called the City of Cannibals.”
It’s 1536, and Dell lives on an isolated hillside with her bitter auntie and drunken father. Father has warned Dell never to venture past her mother’s grave to the City of Cannibals. But unanswered questions plague Dell. Why did her parents ...
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City of Cannibals

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Overview

“You will not show yourself to the boy.”
“Yes. I mean, I won’t, Father.”
“Or venture past you mother’s cross.”
He gripped his spoon as if it were a knife.
“You know why it is called the City of Cannibals.”
It’s 1536, and Dell lives on an isolated hillside with her bitter auntie and drunken father. Father has warned Dell never to venture past her mother’s grave to the City of Cannibals. But unanswered questions plague Dell. Why did her parents leave the court of Henry VIII? Was her mother’s death really an accident? And what about the mysterious Brown Boy who leaves sacks of supplies for her family?

Dell risks traveling to the City of Cannibals. Once inside London, she is not eaten alive but is confronted with a different horror—the Oath of Allegiance. If she and the Brown Boy don’t sign, they could be executed. Dell has good reason not to sign. But who can defy King Henry VIII and live?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012280053
  • Publisher: namelos
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ricki Thompson has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. She lives with her family in Minneapolis.
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  • Posted May 12, 2012

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    Set in England, 1536 C.E., City of Cannibals by Ricki Thompson i

    Set in England, 1536 C.E., City of Cannibals by Ricki Thompson introduces readers to Henry VIII and the fate of his wives, Catherine and Anne Boleyn, through the lavender eyes of an orphaned puppeteer who falls in love with a would-be monk named Ronaldo. Both risk charges of treason because neither has signed the Oath of Allegiance accepting the King as the self-proclaimed head of the Catholic Church. The story begins with Dell living in a cave outside London with her adopted father and brother and only dim recollections of her deceased mother. Dell’s quest for love and self-knowledge leads her into the city where she discovers the depths of human cruelty and the strength of simple kindness.

    Thompson deftly weaves a powerful coming-of-age tale from the timeless cords of family, friendship, religion and politics that are as relevant to teenagers today as they were centuries ago. There are a number of mature themes, some sexual in nature. The violence and crude language are true to medieval times, with several vulgar words for bodily functions. Traitors are beheaded, hanged or drawn and quartered, depending upon the King’s outrage and morbid pleasure. Thompson depicts such carnage very matter-of-factly, but without unnecessarily gruesome or inappropriate detail. There is no literal cannibalism. The title itself is a metaphor, used within the context of the story to elicit fear in young children and keep them in their place.

    The author clearly hits her mark in creating quality young-adult literature that is as educational as it is engaging. Her fictional characters are richly drawn, at once unique and universal. Her well-crafted language is both evocative and accessible. The book is historical fiction at its best, extolling freedom and the inalienable human right to simply be oneself.

    Laurie A. Gray
    Reprinted from the Christian Library Journal (Vol. XIV, No. 5, October 2010); used with permission.

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