Daughter of Xanadu

Athletic and strong willed, Princess Emmajin is determined to do what no woman has done before: become a warrior in the army of her grandfather, the Great Khan Khubilai. In the Mongol world, the only way to achieve respect is to show bravery and win glory on the battlefield. The last thing she wants is the distraction of a foreign man, who challenges her beliefs during encounters in the gardens of Xanadu.That man? Marco Polo.

Nominated for ALA's list of 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults.

Chosen as a recommended title on ALA's Amelia Bloomer Project, which celebrates books about strong women.

Rated "Outstanding Merit" on Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year, 2012.

Selected by National Council for the Social Studies for its 2012 master list of Notable Tradebooks for Young People.

What others say about Daughter of Xanadu:

- "A glorious gripping tale of a fierce girl torn between duty, dreams, and reality, love and war!" -- Tamora Pierce, bestselling author of the Song of the Lioness quartet.

- "Daughter of Xanadu offers rich descriptions and vivid depictions of fictional characters and historical figures, making them charming and believable. A colorful and compelling read."   –  School Library Journal

- "Emmajin’s first-person narrative will capture (Read more)

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Author Comments: Marco Polo appeals to me because he was the first person from the West to write about China. Yet many of his readers back home were skeptical; they did not believe him when he described the wealth and wonders he had seen. As a U.S. foreign correspondent, I spent many years . . . (Read on)

FAQ: Marco Polo was a famous explorer, right? Not exactly. Most teachers include him with the famous Europeans who explored the world. But Marco just tagged along with his dad and uncle, when they went back to China for their second trip there. He was a teenager when he left his home of Venice, and he probably didn’t expect he’d be 41 by the time he came home! He certainly saw . . .  (Read on)