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Saba : under the hyena's foot

by Kurtz, Jane.

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Avalon Public Library Juvenile Fiction J FIC KUR
Location  Avalon Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J FIC KUR
Bridgeville Public Library Public Library Children's Fiction JUV FIC KUR
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Public Library Children's Fiction
Call Number  JUV FIC KUR
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Children Fiction J KURTZ
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Children Fiction
Call Number  J KURTZ
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Fiction J AMERICAN GIRL
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
When twelve-year-old Saba and her older brother are kidnapped and taken from their rural home to the royal palace at Gondar. Saba finally learns about her long-lost parents -- and her own royal past. With Ethiopia's rulers in the midst of a fierce struggle for control of the throne, what can the King of Kings -- Emperor Yohannes III -- possibly want with her? Book jacket.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "\f2\froman\fcharset1 TimesNewRoman; Gr. 5-8. In nineteenth-century Ethiopia, 12-year-old Saba and her brother, Mesfin, are kidnapped from their grandmother's remote home and brought to the capital, where Saba discovers her true royal identity. Saba delights in the opulence of court life until she discovers the political treachery that threatens Mesfin's life and her own freedom. Kurtz includes a great deal of Ethiopian history, which, though fascinating, slows the story with its complexity and may overwhelm at times. The frequent aphorisms ("When lions and elephants fight, it is the mice who must tremble," for example) may also challenge some readers. But as in her other titles set in Africa, such as The Storyteller's Beads (1998), Kurtz creates a powerful sense of place with cultural and sensory details, and Saba's strong first-person voice and brave adventures will hook many readers. As with other titles in the Girls of Many Lands series, this concludes with a chapter of background history and culture, a glossary, and an author's note. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in Ethiopia in 1846, this installment in the publisher's Girls of Many Lands series centers on Saba, a girl who lives in rural poverty with her grandmother. But when Saba and her brother, Mesfin, are kidnapped and taken to the emperor's compound, they discover their royal blood; their other grandmother's brother currently reigns. Saba's parents, in order to protect their children from the constant fighting for the throne, had hidden them long ago. Now Saba has been separated from Mesfin, and as she slowly begins unraveling the politics-the current emperor, her great-uncle, is a puppet and his wife, a "hyena," will stop at nothing to maintain control-she fears for her brother's fate. She also dreads the marriage the empress is arranging for her. The author blends fiction and history: while Saba is made up, Empress Menen was an actual person. Readers may have trouble piecing together the complicated power struggles, but they may well be captivated by the glimpse into Saba's world and the aphoristic language ("Strength meant that if you fell off your horse, you walked"). As in other books in the series, this concludes with a glossary and short history lesson; fortunately, the author works many details about Saba's culture directly into the novel itself. Readers will likely root for Saba as she carves out her own daring adventure. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) FYI: Other new titles in the Girls of Many Lands series are Leyla: The Black Tulip by Alev Lytle Croutier, which takes its heroine to Istanbul in 1720; and Kathleen: The Celtic Knot by Siobh n Parkinson, set in 1937 Dublin. Nine-inch dolls of each heroine are also available. (Leyla $15.95 ISBN-1-58485-831-1; $7.95 paper -749-8; Kathleen $15.95 -830-3; $7.95 -748-X; Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Girls of many lands.
Subjects Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Ethiopia -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Ethiopia -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Publisher Middleton, Wis. :Pleasant Co.,2003
Contributors Tibbles, Jean-Paul.
Language English
Notes "American Girl."
Description 207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm.
ISBN 158485829X
1584857471 (pbk.)
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