[[ Read ]] ➭ Girl in a Cage Author Jane Yolen – Marjoriejane.co.uk

Girl in a Cage chapter 1 Girl in a Cage , meaning Girl in a Cage , genre Girl in a Cage , book cover Girl in a Cage , flies Girl in a Cage , Girl in a Cage 292ad755e973c From The Authors OfQueen S Own Fool Comes Another Historical Young Adult Novel From A Thrilling Period In Scottish History Featuring An Indomitable Young Heroine The Daughter Of Robert The Bruce Marjorie Bruce Is Overjoyed When She Learns That Her Father Has Proclaimed Himself King Of Scotland What Year Old Girl Hasn T Dreamed Of Being A Princess But Her Father S Claim To The Scottish Throne Also Means That She And All Her Family Are Now The Targets Of Ruthless King Edward Longshanks Of England And When She Is Captured, Longshanks Imprisons Her In A Cage In A Small English Village Square Exposed To Taunts And Missiles, And The Scorn Of The King Himself, Marjorie Is Determined To Survive After All, She Reasons, A Princess Is A Princess, Whether In A Castle Or A Cage


10 thoughts on “Girl in a Cage

  1. says:

    In 1306, Marjorie, the daughter of Robert the Bruce of Scotland, was captured and incarcerated by King Edward I for England, known as Longshanks Yolen and Harris imaginatively recreate the battle of wills between Longshanks and Marjorie during her first twenty days in captivity, held in a open air cage in Berwick At the same time, in a series of flashbacks, Yolen and Harris recreate the events of the months leading up to Marjorie s capture, on the run from Longshanks, with her uncles, aunts, a In 1306, Marjorie, the daughter of Robert the Bruce of Scotland, was captured and incarcerated by King Edward I for England, known as Longshanks Yolen and Harris imaginatively recreate the battle of wills between Longshanks and Marjorie during her first twenty days in captivity, held in a open air cage in Berwick At the same time, in a series of flashbacks, Yolen and Harris recreate the events of the months leading up to Marjorie s capture, on the run from Longshanks, with her uncles, aunts, and step mother Though the double time structure may pose some challenges for some readers, Yolen and Harris distinguish the two narrative threads carefully, through tone and language, as well as clear chapter headings with the month and year of the chapter s events And for those readers able to handle it, the device works beautifully, gradually unfolding Marjorie s development as a character and her relationships between characters, especially her at times strained relationship with her step mother Marjorie s isolation, her tense conversations with Longshanks, and resultant developing resolve are nicely balanced by the glimpses of her family life in flashback An exciting story, rich in Medieval period details, with a strong female protagonist this novel should please readers of many different tastes


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed this book The story is split between Marjorie s time in the cage as a prisoner and the time before she was imprisoned that she spent leading up to the cage This enabled the story to give us both the historical background information and war strategy that was discussed amongst the Scottish characters, and the struggle and tormenters Marjorie faced as she was imprisoned in England.In the pre cage narrative we meet two major female characters Marjorie s stepmother, now Queen Eli I really enjoyed this book The story is split between Marjorie s time in the cage as a prisoner and the time before she was imprisoned that she spent leading up to the cage This enabled the story to give us both the historical background information and war strategy that was discussed amongst the Scottish characters, and the struggle and tormenters Marjorie faced as she was imprisoned in England.In the pre cage narrative we meet two major female characters Marjorie s stepmother, now Queen Elizabeth, and Isabel, Countess of Buchan I found both characters to be fine examples of strong female characters, but each in a different way Elizabeth showed intellectual strength, holding her own and contributing valuable insight during war planning meetings and talks with her husband the king, exhibiting a cool and collected manner even when confronting difficulties or enemies Isabel showed physical strength, she was the warrior type that took control and was ready to enter the fray of war itself Marjorie herself was also a strong female lead She displayed boldness and courage both when confronting her elders about wanting to be included, brought along, allowed to help with this or that, and when facing her enemy, English King Edward I found her character to be very well written and compelling in this book.Although geared towards middle school aged readers and narrated by an 11 year old, the dialogue in the book was not watered down for the sake of younger readers Just as Marjorie may have been confused by much of what she heard, so may a younger reader The experience can be shared with the young voice of the narrator, or enhanced for an older reader who enjoys delving deeper into the story and strategy that went on in the discussions of war.The imagery in the book was beautiful, but also not in excess There were several good utilizations of metaphor simile that made reappearances to bring back full circle the ideas they were enhancing.I would definitely consider this book extremely well written, a fine piece of literature that does not limit itself to the target age group.My only negative thoughts with the large amount of historical context in the book, the many different friends enemies allies were hard to distinguish and tell apart, I had a hard time keeping track of who was friend and who was foe when I would take breaks in reading this book and come back to it Also, Marjorie was placed in one scene at Dumfries in the book where she was not likely present in the real account of her life, and that scene stood out to me as awkward and unusual in regards to her presence in it.Overall, an excellent book and darn good historical fiction Would definitely recommend this, can t believe I waited so long to read it myself after having it for so many years


  3. says:

    Girl in a Cage, is a book about a girl who gets put in a cage for something her father has done The main character is Marjorie She is 12 years old and is a princess The book takes place in two places, it takes place in Scotland but also Lanercost,England Marjorie internal struggle is that she really misses her family Her external struggle is with the king of England, who is the one who put her in the cage During my time readingthis book, I made a text to self connection there was a part Girl in a Cage, is a book about a girl who gets put in a cage for something her father has done The main character is Marjorie She is 12 years old and is a princess The book takes place in two places, it takes place in Scotland but also Lanercost,England Marjorie internal struggle is that she really misses her family Her external struggle is with the king of England, who is the one who put her in the cage During my time readingthis book, I made a text to self connection there was a part in the book where Marjorie doesn t want to show her emotion in front of the enemy the king of England because she didn t want to seem weak This reminded me of myself because often times i hide my emotion in front of people because i don t want them to know something Even though we both do this we find a way to show someone our emotion We learn that we shouldn t keep to ourselves I would give this book 4 stars because i was able to really connect with the characters I liked how there was a lot of information I didn t give the book 5 stars is because there were times where I felt like there was something missing I would recommend this book to someone who likes history Or to someone who really likes to connect with the charcters


  4. says:

    Once again, Jane Yolen brings history to life In the year 1306, Marjorie Bruce, the only heir to the Scottish king Robert Bruce, is captured by the English king and held in a cage with nothingthan a curtain in the corner to conceal a bucket for her privy Her cage is on a road so that all who pass by can see her, mock her, and even throw rotten food, rocks, and other things Marjorie Bruce is eleven years old.With the use of flashbacks for some of the chapters, we get to see the events th Once again, Jane Yolen brings history to life In the year 1306, Marjorie Bruce, the only heir to the Scottish king Robert Bruce, is captured by the English king and held in a cage with nothingthan a curtain in the corner to conceal a bucket for her privy Her cage is on a road so that all who pass by can see her, mock her, and even throw rotten food, rocks, and other things Marjorie Bruce is eleven years old.With the use of flashbacks for some of the chapters, we get to see the events that led up to Marjorie s capture Also throughout the flashbacks, we get to see the development of Marjorie s character from a young girl who wants to be a princess for the pretty dresses to an amazing young lady who is willing to give all to support her father the King in his cause to free Scotland


  5. says:

    There was a lot of courage in this book, but it was not particularly happy I still liked it though It was pretty intriguing What people will do in war


  6. says:

    Move over, Catherine, a.k.a Birdy I have found a girl of your era who was evencaged than you and younger than you yet triumphed Marjorie, twelve year old daughter of the king of Scotland, Robert Bruce, was captured by the English King Edward, and prisoned, literally, in an outdoor cage At first I was afraid it was going to be one of those tedious child observes history with the purpose of making itinteresting to other children books But Jane Yolen s development of the charac Move over, Catherine, a.k.a Birdy I have found a girl of your era who was evencaged than you and younger than you yet triumphed Marjorie, twelve year old daughter of the king of Scotland, Robert Bruce, was captured by the English King Edward, and prisoned, literally, in an outdoor cage At first I was afraid it was going to be one of those tedious child observes history with the purpose of making itinteresting to other children books But Jane Yolen s development of the character of the young princess is her own brilliant twist Observing, as role models, her father, her step mother the queen, and others in the royal family, Marjorie deduces how to behave in a noble and just manner Marjorie s story will never be as appealing to young people as Birdy s story, but it was well thought out, and even brought a tear to my eye at the moment Marjorie bravely withstood torture to protect her father the king.And yes, I do want to learnabout that historical period as a result


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    Jane Yolen is a masterful story teller, and partnering with Robert Harris enhances her storytelling The novel tells the story of Marjorie, daughter and heir to Robert Bruce After Robert the Bruce is crowned King of Scotland, King Edward I and some of Robert Bruce s fellow countrymen wage war against him Marjorie is captured by Edward s men and held captive in a cage in the middle of a priory s courtyard in England The novel is told in chapters that juxtapose time from before Marjorie was cap Jane Yolen is a masterful story teller, and partnering with Robert Harris enhances her storytelling The novel tells the story of Marjorie, daughter and heir to Robert Bruce After Robert the Bruce is crowned King of Scotland, King Edward I and some of Robert Bruce s fellow countrymen wage war against him Marjorie is captured by Edward s men and held captive in a cage in the middle of a priory s courtyard in England The novel is told in chapters that juxtapose time from before Marjorie was captured with her time in captivity I found Marjorie a strong female character, and this character as well as the plot points compelled me to keep reading Additionally, I was impressed with how seamless the writing is Unlike other books I have read with co authors, I couldn t tell which author wrote which section, chapter, or paragraph


  8. says:

    I read this because I was visiting Scotland and wanted a YA historical fiction to read while I was there I wasn t disappointed from that angle, though I m not sure this is a book I d give to most kids Medieval historical fiction isn t popular among my students, and Marjorie does feel 11th century As opposed to, say, Catherine of Catherine, Called Birdy, whose voice has acontemporary feel It helped me get a vague handle on Scottish English royal history, though


  9. says:

    On background alone, I had no idea what I was getting into with this book I had heard of Longshanks before, but I hadn t heard much about this particular Scottish rebellion However, this book did bring to light a new struggle for Scottish freedom, something I seem to be learning quite a bit about through historical fiction.The story itself focuses on the main character Marjorie Bruce When the story takes place she s estimated to be all of 11 or 12 years old, however, as I was reading I kept t On background alone, I had no idea what I was getting into with this book I had heard of Longshanks before, but I hadn t heard much about this particular Scottish rebellion However, this book did bring to light a new struggle for Scottish freedom, something I seem to be learning quite a bit about through historical fiction.The story itself focuses on the main character Marjorie Bruce When the story takes place she s estimated to be all of 11 or 12 years old, however, as I was reading I kept thinking that she should really be a good bit younger Her actions and mentality seem better suited to a kid of around 7 or 8 in a modern age, possibly younger, so one would expect she would behave in agrownup fashion for the day and age For example, she gets quite giddy at the idea of becoming a princess and is overjoyed at the thought of living in a castle, however she has no understanding of the political climate in which she lives There is also a lot of reference to her just being a child, but in that day and age she would have been on the verge of womanhood, and from my understanding she would be expected to compose herselfas an adult would than a child I felt like the story lost a lot of credibility with the way she was written being so naive about the world, especially when holding her in comparison to my own kid about that age She would have had to have lived a very sheltered, limited life to have such a vague understanding of the world around her, especially when you come to later understand that she knows of concepts like drawn and quartered and the fate of William Wallace.That being said, the book did a beautiful job describing much of what Scotland must have been like during that era There is a glance at the brutality of warfare, without being far too graphic for a children s book The concept of being drawn and quartered is addressed While that is graphic in itself, it isn t a concept that gets lingered on Even practical aspects of life, like bathing, and the use of a privy are shown, givingof a feel of what life may have been like, givingdetail to the story, which brings a level of realism.While this story is clearly a work of fiction as there was no evidence that Marjorie was ever actually put in a cage and not just imprisoned it does give a view of this particular Scottish rebellion without becoming a graphic account of following around the armies The stories of war, all it s glories and atrocities are filtered through secondhand accounts, still passing on the details without having to expose gory details So while the story of a girl kept in a cage may not have been historically accurate, it made for a great device to deliver the aspects of the story, making it particularly memorable It also continues with the shocking reality that people were actually imprisoned in cages in this fashion, even if it wasn t Marjorie, and what the harsh reality of that imprisonment may have been like for them.As a final note, I did particularly enjoy the end cap of the book, where it discussed the truth and fiction in the story It was incredibly informative, and did bring up interesting ideas There was discussion as to why certain choices were made, and what elements of the story were taken from the legends of the era and woven into the story of Marjorie s life and imprisonment It also points out that some of these facts were impossible to verify, given the history of legends and heroes in Scotland at the time.I m definitely looking forward to using this book in our homeschooling this year I m even going to be suggesting my older son who is going to be missing out on this book reads it because it s an interesting story I will admit that some of it is a bit dry, and I don t love the way Marjorie is portrayed again, I kept wanting to think she was much younger than she actually was , but I think it opens up good points of discussion and the potential for further research on that period in history However, the details like being occasionally dry and Marjorie s childishness are the reason I m not able to bump this up to a 4 star review, as much as I enjoyed the read And I did enjoy it enough to finish in one day, so that says something


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    This book is about Robert Bruce s, the exiled King of Scotland in 1305, daughter Marjorie It is a historical fiction book that speculates how Marjorie lived being a prisoner of King Edward Longshanks The book goes back and forth between the past when Marjorie s father becomes King and they all escape because of the fighting between the Scottish and the English to Marjorie being locked up in a cage.We were reading this book as part of our homeschool curriculum for my third grader Both of my bo This book is about Robert Bruce s, the exiled King of Scotland in 1305, daughter Marjorie It is a historical fiction book that speculates how Marjorie lived being a prisoner of King Edward Longshanks The book goes back and forth between the past when Marjorie s father becomes King and they all escape because of the fighting between the Scottish and the English to Marjorie being locked up in a cage.We were reading this book as part of our homeschool curriculum for my third grader Both of my boys 8 6 enjoyed me reading the novel, but they were never asking me to keep reading it or requesting me to read it when we were finished with it My boys liked the fighting involved, but found the rest boring It was much of the same thing all of the time When we would review the book the next day all of us had a hard time remembering what we were reading I also found myself spacing out while I was reading, which is not a great sign The book did give a good overview of what the times were like then, but I found it very dry and not a great historical fiction book that was riveting and kept your attention


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