Slave Girl by Jackie French
  

Slave Girl

Written by Jackie French
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Synopsis

Slave Girl by Jackie French

Fast-paced and fesity adventure where slave girl turns warrior in the battle for survival. Hekja is nothing but a slave. The property of her Viking masters. But one day soon, those masters will live to see a slave become a heroine: they will live to see her fight alongside them, for the very survival of the clan. `Hekja's ma was white with terror and twisted with pain too. She screamed out, 'Run!'That was the last thing she ever said. One of the men - the largest, with a chin like a cod fish and almost no beard at all - plunged his sword into her heart, then pulled it out, all bloody.Hekja screamed. She ran towards her ma's body and knelt down. Her ma's eyes stared at the sky and there was a froth of blood from her mouth...' When Hekja's family and friends are killed by Vikings, she is taken as a slave and carried away to Greenland. But she is lucky: her mistress Freydis is a kind woman who wishes her no harm. Fiery determination, intelligence and fleet-footedness soon make Hekja indispensable to her new owner - as a messenger, an advisor and a friend. So when Freydis sets off for America with her husband, Hekja accompanies her, along with the treacherous Viking lord Finnbogi. There, she finds a forbidden love with a free man. But this new world holds even greater dangers. Before Hekja can be free, she has to take a bloody stand alongside her captors: against the furious natives, but also against enemies closer to home...

Reviews

Jackie French has woven a fascinating, absorbing and well-written story. Books for Keeps

Slave Girl comes highly recommended. The Book Bag

Dramatic and absorbing. Liverpool Echo

About the Author

Jackie French's writing career spans 15 years and 120 books, including the much loved historical novel `Hitler's Daughter' and the bestselling picture book `Diary of a Wombat'. She lives on a farm in Australia.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
282 pages

Author

Jackie French
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Publisher

HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

3rd January 2007

ISBN

9780007216598


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