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Girl in a Cage (Stuart Quartet Series #2)

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When her father, Robert the Bruce, becomes King of Scotland, Marjorie Bruce becomes a princess. But Edward Longshanks, the ruthless King of England, has set his sights on Robert and his family. Marjorie is captured and imprisoned in a wooden cage in the center of a town square, exposed to wind, rain, the taunts of the townspeople, and the scorn of Longshanks himself. Marjorie knows that despite her suffering and pain, she is the daughter of noble Robert the Bruce&150and she will make her father, and her ...

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Overview

When her father, Robert the Bruce, becomes King of Scotland, Marjorie Bruce becomes a princess. But Edward Longshanks, the ruthless King of England, has set his sights on Robert and his family. Marjorie is captured and imprisoned in a wooden cage in the center of a town square, exposed to wind, rain, the taunts of the townspeople, and the scorn of Longshanks himself. Marjorie knows that despite her suffering and pain, she is the daughter of noble Robert the Bruce&150and she will make her father, and her country, proud. For a true princess is a princess, whether in a castle or in a cage.

As English armies invade Scotland in 1306, eleven-year-old Princess Marjorie, daughter of the newly crowned Scottish king, Robert the Bruce, is captured by England's King Edward Longshanks and held in a cage on public display.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The second in a planned quartet of historical novels set in Scotland (which began with Queen's Own Fool: A Novel of Mary Queen of Scots), Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen and Richard J. Harris finds the 11-year-old daughter of the newly crowned King of Scotland kidnapped, imprisoned and put on display in an English town square by angry rivals in 1306. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In a compelling historical novel, Jane Yolen and Robert Harris flesh out the story of eleven-year-old Marjorie Bruce, a Scottish princess captured by the English in 1306. Girl in a Cage paints a vivid picture of the times—times full of intrigue, shifting loyalties, battles royal. For twenty days Edward Longshanks, King of England, tries to break Marjorie's spirit by imprisoning her in an outdoor cage. Subjected to the elements and the villagers' flung turnips, starving and parched with thirst, Marjorie still refuses to acknowledge Edward as king. She is then transferred to a convent and is able to join her father eight years later, when Scotland is free. A wonderful choice for a mother-daughter book club. 2002, Philomel,
— Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-The coauthors of Queen's Own Fool (Philomel, 2000) present an equally compelling interpretation of an earlier period in Scotland's history told by another young protagonist. In 1306, a year has passed since patriot William "Braveheart" Wallace was executed, and things are not going well for the cause of Scottish freedom. Robert Bruce, newly crowned king of Scotland, has managed to evade his powerful enemy, Edward I of England, but many allies have been killed or taken. A recent capture is Bruce's 11-year-old daughter Marjorie. The princess finds herself conveyed to the English border town of Lanercost, locked in an iron cage, and displayed outdoors day and night by the decree of ailing King Edward, "Longshanks," himself. Marjorie's first-person narration of her captivity and the events leading up to it is exciting and moving, and her strategies for coping with a hideous imprisonment are models of ingenuity and staying true to oneself. The time line and afterword are helpful in understanding the historical context within which the authors place their well-wrought fictional tale.-Starr E. Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Yolen and Harris (Queen’s Own Fool, 2000) once again dish up an intense drama drawn from Scottish history. Just after the turn of the 14th century, King Edward "Longshanks" captured several women of Robert Bruce’s household, including his 11-year-old daughter Marjorie, and displayed some of them in cages. Here, Marjorie tells her tale, alternating between her past as a tempestuous young princess forced by the advancing English armies to become a fugitive while her father and uncles are off fighting for Scotland’s independence, and the present, in which she sits, filthy, underfed (starved, later on) and caged while jeering locals pelt her with rotten fruit, and wily Edward himself pays daily visits, seeking to break her spirit. Unlike clashes of arms, this is a battle she can fight, and fight she does, using words and silence as weapons, ultimately winning her tormentors’ sympathy, and grudging respect from the dying king. Fans of Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy (1994) and Matilda Bone (2000) will welcome this new tale of a strong-minded young woman coming of age and holding her own in a hostile medieval world. (afterword) (Fiction. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142401323
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/19/2004
  • Series: Stuart Quartet Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 306,647
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen
JaneYolen lives in Massachusetts.

John Schoenherr lives in New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

    Girl In A Cage

    Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris' thrilling novel is filled with suspenseful, page-turning history. In this story, an adventureous journey, taken by 13-year-old Marjorie included running, hiding, and fighting against English armies with her father, King Robert of Scotland. After running so far from her homeland in Lochmaben, she is sneakily captured by King Edward Longshanks of England and taken to Lanercost to be held hostage in the center of the town. Filled with suspense, a little romance, tons of adventure and interesting historical facts, this book is a great novel telling of the old days, old places, and longlasting rivalries between Scotland and England.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    Awesome!!!!~

    This story was worth reading. it was awesome i usually dont enjoy historic fiction really much but jane yolen make it so good ^_^

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    Awesome...

    For anyone who enjoys a fairly quickly-paced book based on history with its own twist of events and character, Girl in a Cage is perfect. Scenes of Marjorie in her cage with only her tongue as a weapon defying King Edward are drawing and inspirational, though I found the scenes of the past a little boring and always read through them just to get to the next chapter taking place in the 'present'. Overall, it has a beautiful writing style and characters that just make you want to be SOMEONE in the story. I recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    !.BEST.!

    I started reading this book and i got so into it that i felt like a became a person in the story. I strongly recommend this book at everyone .. anyone of all ages. A great story of the love and struggle in a young girls life as she is taken away and put in a cage. This is a great story .. a compelling tale .. and an ispirational reading.. If u are looking for a great book i recommend this one. With one word to describe it --the BEST

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

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    A great book!

    The story of Majorie Bruce was moving. I can't say a whole lot more than that less I give away part of the plot. The book was well written, the characters unique and the lessons imparted with great interest. Reccomended to anyone person whether young or old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    Great Book

    This book was interesting to me because it really happened. She was placed in a cage like an animal and was treated like one too. It could have started off better, but was totally worth the read. ^_^

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