Girl in a Cage (Stuart Quartet Series #2)

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 country, proud. For a true princess is a princess, whether in a castle or in a cage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142401323
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/19/2004
Series: Stuart Quartet Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 596,068
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother.

Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration—folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts.

All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding.

Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been gathered in numerous collections. She has earned many awards over the years: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society's Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children's Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. Her books and stories have been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans, !Xhosa, Portuguese, and Braille.

With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told."

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"Exciting and moving. [A] well-wrought fictional tale." (School Library Journal, starred review)

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Girl in a Cage (Stuart Quartet Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was worth reading. it was awesome i usually dont enjoy historic fiction really much but jane yolen make it so good ^_^
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
goth_marionette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book provided an interesting view of the battle for Scotland and Robert Bruce. Told from the point of view of his daughter the struggle for freedom from England takes on a very personal meaning. An interesting read with good character development and a moving plot. I would recommend this book to all ages.
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book two in the Stuart quartet.Robert Bruce, the new king of Scotland, is on the run from the powerful British king, Edward I (Longshanks). When Longshanks kidnaps the Scottish king's daughter, Marjorie, he locks her in an iron cage. The cage sits in the center of town and Marjorie has no pivacy nor dignity as she is constantly watched and ridiculed. Marjorie narrates her story, which is based on real historical events. A time line and an afterward help readers understand how Marjorie's story fits into world history.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
GIRL IN A CAGE by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris is marvelous . . . I always wonder how writers collaborate to produce a seamless tandem telling. I have found much-needed examples of courage and strength in this well-written book, and was moved, to tears, and then to sobs of joy and relief, reading of people taking a stand against bitter cruelty. I needed that! Now to find the other three books in the Stuart quartet . . .
PeculiarPoet More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. ^_^