Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

HUSH, by Donna Jo Napoli

She casts a spell by not saying anything...

She casts a spell by not saying anything...

Melkorka is the daughter of an Irish king, kidnapped and sold into slavery.  She is so horrified by the experience that at first, she can’t speak – and then, when her captors think her muteness reveals magical powers, she chooses not to speak.  Eventually, her silence is a weapon that she uses to keep herself safe from the brutality of the life around her.  Melkorka changes from a spoiled, pampered princess into a strong, risk-taking young woman who knows what she wants and reaches out to take it.  This book is fascinating, but not for the faint of heart!

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