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Girl in a cage
Yolen, Jane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
234 pages ; 24 cm
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.
Reading Level:
690 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 9.0 61461.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.2 14 Quiz: 31839 Guided reading level: W.
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From the authors ofQueen's Own Foolcomes another historical young adult novel from a thrilling period in Scottish history-featuring an indomitable young heroine: the daughter of Robert the Bruce. Marjorie Bruce is overjoyed when she learns that her father has proclaimed himself king of Scotland. What 11-year-old girl hasn't dreamed of being a princess? But her father's claim to the Scottish throne also means that she and all her family are now the targets of ruthless King Edward Longshanks of England. And when she is captured, Longshanks imprisons her in a cage in a small English village square. Exposed to taunts and missiles, and the scorn of the king himself, Marjorie is determined to survive. After all, she reasons, a princess is a princess, whether in a castle or a cage.

Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. The team that brought readers the immediacy and impact of The Queen's Own Fool (2000) returns with another historical page-turner. In 1306, the English king Edward Longshanks captured Marjorie, the 11-year-old daughter and heir of Scotland's King Robert the Bruce, and kept her in a cage. From this shard of history Yolen and Harris fashion a riveting first-person narrative. As Marjorie battles hunger, the elements, and stark terror, she remembers her father's quest to rally the Scots to his crown, her regal stepmother, and her beloved uncle Neil. The story doesn't understate the vicious fighting or the use of women as pawns, but it also shows the courage of those who, through just and kind acts, stood up for their country. What is particularly engrossing is how Marjorie works out in her own mind how a princess should behave, even when caged like an animal. Yolen and Harris allow readers to see that courage can take many forms and that honor knows neither age nor gender. GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.