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Mara, Daughter of the Nile (Puffin Story Books) Mass Market Paperback – 24 Apr 1986
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Dangerous espionage, an unusual love story, and richly drawn background make this a book to capture quick and lasting interest. Horn Book
Thoroughly engrossing. Kirkus Reviews"
"Dangerous espionage, an unusual love story, and richly drawn background make this a book to capture quick and lasting interest."--Horn Book
About the Author
Eloise Jarvis McGraw was an American author of children's books and young adult novels. She won the Newbery Honor three times in three different decades, for her novels Moccasin Trail (1952), The Golden Goblet (1962), and The Moorchild (1997). A Really Weird Summer (1977) won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. McGraw had a very strong interest in history, and among the many books she wrote for children are Greensleeves, The Seventeenth Swap, and Mara, Daughter of the Nile. A Lewis Carroll Shelf Award was given to Moccasin Trail in 1963. She also contributed to the Oz series started by L. Frank Baum; working with her daughter, graphic artist and librarian Lauren Lynn McGraw, she wrote Merry Go Round in Oz (the last of the Oz books issued by Baum's publisher) and The Forbidden Fountain of Oz.
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Caught eavesdropping during a leisurely journey up the Nile, Mara is forced to serve a handsome courtier, who is secretly plotting a revolution which will set Thutmose 3 on the throne. She is now trapped into working as a double agent, which requries a cool mind and a glib tongue to stave off disaster. But her heart proves as treacherous as the Queen's icy smile, for it refuses to betray young Lord Sheftu when she h! as the opportunity. Beneath their friendly, suspicious banter, there is a growing attraction which can wreak havoc with their carefully hatched schemes--for and against each other.
MARA is more an adult novel, but the 17-year-old heroine has a strong personality which will appeal to teenage readers as well: she reminds one of BIRDY (medieval setting) and ELLA (European Fantasy). The author has done her ancient Egyptian homework: she intertwines much information about their lifestyle--dress, arts, food, religion, architecture, royal politics, etc. And no respectable novel set in Egpyt could omit the inevitable grave-robbing attempt. Daring plot twists keep us on pins and needles as Mara threads her way cautiously through a labyrinth of deception and murderous intrigue. Just a pawn between two powerful enemies, TRUST NO ONE should be her motto for survival in the Golden Palace.
Beneath the obvious layer of plot, McGraw includes character development as well, fleshing her out beyond a stylized, flat personality. It takes a Canaanite princess to teach Mara the true meaning of the real Egpyt--to lift her above her stubborn selfishness. This is an action-packed Romance Read. Add Mara to your list of spunky heroines!
It is about a young slave girl named Mara. Mara despises her life of slavery and would do anything to get out of it. Her opportunity comes when she is spotted in a market place by two very powerful men. One, Sheftu is trying to overthrow the Pharaoh Hateshput in favour of Hateshput's brother and the other works for Hateshput. Mara is bought from her master by Hateshput's man and offered freedom if she spies for them on the growing rebellion. She accepts and catches a boat where (surprise surprise) Sheftu is, he reconigses her and blackmails her (thinking she is a run away slave) into working for him and passing messages to and from. So Mara is trapped into working for both sides in the middle of a very dangerous rebellion. And to top it all off she has fallen in love with Sheftu!!
Will Mara be discovered? Will she get her freedom?!! Will Hateshput stay on the throne?!! Will Mara and Sheftu live happily ever after?!!
READ IT AND SEE!!!!!!