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The Captiveby Scott Odell
Synopses & Reviews
I had always been ugly, as far back as I could remember.
Micay has a deep scar that runs like a river from her right eye to her lip. The boys in her Incan village bully her because of it, and most of the adults ignore her. So she keeps to herself and tries to hide the scar with her long hair, drawing comfort from her family and her faith in the Sun God, Inti. Then a stranger traveling from his jungle homeland to the Sacred Sun City at Machu Picchu gives her a baby macaw, and the path of her life changes. Perhaps she isnt destined to be the Ugly One forever. Vivid storytelling and rich details capture the life and landscape of the Incan Empire as seen through the eyes of a young girl who is an outsider among her own people.
At the height of the Incan empire, a girl called the Ugly One because of a disfiguring scar on her face, seeks to have the scar removed and instead finds a life path as a shaman.
As part of a Spanish expedition to the New World, a Jesuit seminarian witnesses the enslavement and exploitation of the Mayas and is seduced by greed and ambition.
About the Author
Scott O'Dell's books have entertained and enlightened millions of readers, all over the world. The master storyteller and writer has shared his thoughts with young adults in books ranging from historical fiction to gothic romances. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1960 Newbery Medal for his first book, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, an award originated and donated by the author to honor distinguished works of historical fiction.
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