A deadly plague rages through Aksum, and only one boy can uncover the traitor who spreads the disease and threatens to destroy the kingdom
Telemakos, a descendant of both British and Aksumite rulers, has always been an outcast, but his resolve, loyalty, and bravery have never failed his royal heritage. When a plague spreads through the kingdom of Aksum, his aunt Goewin, British ambassador to Aksum, calls upon Telemakos to travel to the Afar desert and discover who has been a traitor to the crown, spreading the plague through the shipment of salt from port to port.
Traveling in disguise as a deaf-mute slave, Telemakos is captured and subjected to cruelty and suffering. Now more than ever, he must call on his extraordinary courage and his gift for silence—for if he fails, it will cost him his life.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Elizabeth Wein including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
“This book has it all—honor, loyalty, intrigue, betrayal, brutality, spies, family dynamics, love, and hate. . . . A remarkable and unique story.” —School Library Journal
“Wein’s prose is taut and elegant, creating an intense, intimate, and sometimes painful story with finely wrought, believable characters.” —Booklist
“[Wein’s] knowledge of the human heart and her facility at exposing its inner workings through suffering is rare and noteworthy.” —The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
“Intense, absorbing, and luminously written.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Middle school boys will be begging for more copies.” —Voice of Youth Advocates
Elizabeth Wein (b. 1964) is an author of young adult novels and short stories. After growing up in New York City; England; Jamaica; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she attended Yale University and received her doctorate in folklore at the University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, Wein learned to ring church bells in the English style known as change ringing, and in 1991, she met her future husband, Tim, at a bell-ringers’ dinner-dance. She and Tim are also private pilots who have flown all over the world. She lives with Tim and their two children in Scotland.
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