The Ugly One by Leanne Statland EllisThe Ugly One by Leanne Statland Ellis

The Ugly One

byLeanne Statland Ellis

Paperback | March 10, 2015

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"[A] quiet, deeply moving story." - The Bulletin &nbsp

Twelve-year-old Micay walks around her fifteenth-century Incan village shielding the scarred side of her face that inspired the cruel name Millay, or "Ugly One." She escapes to her huaca rock, avoiding the villagers who shun her. Her world shifts dramatically when a stranger gives her a sorry-looking baby macaw. The bird becomes her dear companion on a journey that ultimately leads her to a new role as shaman in Machu Picchu's Sacred Sun City. Told in an engaging storyteller's voice, this is a stirring tale of a girl who finds her own strength.&nbsp
Leanne Statland Ellis was inspired to write this novel by several visits to Peru and to Machu Picchu. She lives with her family-and teaches third through fifth grades-near Chicago, Illinois.
Title:The Ugly OneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.69 inPublished:March 10, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544439171

ISBN - 13:9780544439177


Editorial Reviews

The Incan empire's four-century ascendance has inspired plenty of nonfiction and over-the-top fantasy but perplexingly little historical fiction for kids. This recommended title can help fill that void." - Kirkus "This quiet, deeply moving story reminds readers of the true nature of beauty." - Booklist Online "Micay's intimate narration weaves in Quechua vocabulary and abundant references to Incan folklore, enhancing the novel's vivid sense of time and place." - Publishers Weekly "A gripping story of a girl who transforms from a cowed outcast into a confident leader, this will find an audience among tweens and teens beginning to question what fate has in store for them." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "