Grades 3 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 5.9
Lexile® Measure: 1070L
Guided Reading: U
- Diaries and Journals
- Historical Fiction
- Ancient Civilizations
- Central America
- Social Studies through Literature
- Women's History and Experience
- Leadership and Responsibility
About This Book
A political marriage is arranged between the thirty-three-year-old king of Xukpip and Princess Green Jay, the thirteen-year-old daughter of the king of Lakamha. The two are paired because of similar horoscopes - and because Green Jay possesses skills that will be valuable to her husband-to-be: she can read and write.
Author Anna Kirwan relates fascinating aspects of ancient Mayan culture as she shares the young princess's physical and emotional state from the betrothal, with its distressing rituals, through her arduous journey to a foreign land and people, and to a husband who is a complete stranger.