Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale

Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale

by Donna Jo Napoli
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Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale by Donna Jo Napoli

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689861796
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 10/21/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli is the acclaimed and award-winning author of many novels, both fantasies and contemporary stories. She won the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water in 1997. Her novel Zel was named an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, and a School Library Journal Best Book, and a number of her novels have been selected as ALA Best Books. She is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband. Visit her at DonnaJoNapoli.com.

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Hush 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a well written book with excellent character development. But I would not recommend it to young readers because of some disturbing things that happened to the main character and her fellow captives. The horrors of slavery are made very clear. There is no happy ending to this book.
carice More than 1 year ago
If you absolutly hate sad endings than you will hate this book.It is briliantly writen and a wonderful story with unforgetable characters.However i personaly hated the ending.I thought it was sad and depresing,but thier are some that might consider the ending as only semi-sad and still enjoy it. This story had me going the entire time I was reading it(last year on thanksgiving)and I was forever hoping for a happy ending so it was a big blow for me to discover that it wasnt what i was hopping for so fervently. This book is about a young irish princess,who is taken abourd a slave ship with her sister. She and her sister deside not to talk so as to make thier origens a secret.Her sister manages to escape but she cant. Eventualy she is sold to a man as a concubine(hore basicaly except they dont have a choice). During the tale I kept waiting for her to somehow make it back with her family. I was disapointed. i wouldnt recomend this book to everyone. But like I said before it is briliantly writen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hush was a very interesting novel. I was not the least bit disappointed until the end (which made me almost cry). But certainly not every book can have a happy ending, just as reality doesn't always have a happy ending. The ending aside, I loved the book and would recommend it to those with a strong tollerance for sadness. Also, it has some intense moments, so probably not advised for young readers.
AH4 More than 1 year ago
Donna Jo Napoli  takes a heart breaking theme and makes it beautiful in "Hush" With such dark themes as sexual slavery, it's hard to imagine how that would be possible, but she turns the story into one of self-discovery, triumph, and sacrifice. Well done, Napoli!
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THIS BOOK IS SO FASCINATING! Read it.
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pixieface More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! i love the pacing, and all the troubles the main character go through, its very intriguing!