Synopses & Reviews
An Egyptian girl places the value of her own family over the Pharaoh's advances and promises of wealth in this picture book. Full color.
"Adapting and expanding an ancient Egyptian story, Hawes has created an original fairy tale about familial love and its power to thwart even the majesty of Pharaoh." --SLJ School Library Journal
Fans of historical fiction will lose themselves in Hawes' sumptuously evoked Renaissance Italy, and aspiring artists will respond to Vini's amazement at "how full of drawings the world is." and#8212;Booklist, ALA, Boxed Review
Hawes takes what is known of her (Lavinia Fontana, daughter of the painter Prospero Fontana) life and creates a fictionalized tale of a complicated adolescence. and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
This book is a good choice for middle school students and will appeal especially to girls who can relate to its strong, female protagonist. and#8212;VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
Thousands of years ago in Egypt, a girl named Muti receives a beautiful necklace from her father. He has carved it himselffrom turquoise as blue as a dragonflys wing, and carnelian, as red as the inside of a pomegranate.” Muti wears it every day as she grows from a small child into an independent young woman.
When at the age of thirteen she is sent to work for King Snefru, the mighty Pharaoh of Egypt, Muti finds out just how precious her necklace really is. And in the process, she learns the value of standing up for what she treasures most.
With Louise Hawess clear, evocative prose and Rebecca Guays rich, powerful illustrations, Mutis tale from thousands of years ago burns brightly alive today.
In lush, glowing prose, Louise Hawesand#8217;s historical novel draws readers into the life and art of sixteenth-century Bologna with a compelling account of Lavinia Fontana, arguably the most famous female painter of the Italian Renaissance. Here readers will find a coming-of-age story filled with quest, complication, and catastrophe as well as miracles and hope. Although the novel is set four hundred years ago, the hard choices it involves speak to all times, all places, and are sure to tap into readersand#8217; own conflicts between head and heart, real life and dreams.
About the Author
Louise Hawes is the author of many novels for young adults and is also a faculty member of the Spalding University MFA in Writing program. She has always loved fairy tales and says that Black Pearls was written for and#8220;everyone who dances without looking at the clock.and#8221; She lives in North Carolina.