The Sunbird

By Wein, Elizabeth E.

Publishers Summary:
When, in the sixth century, plague spreads from Britain to Aksum, young Telemakos travels to the kingdom's salt mines to discover the identity of the traitor to the crown who, ignoring the emperor's command, is spreading plague with the salt from port to port.

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ISBN
978-0-67003-691-2
Publisher
Viking


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2004

Gr 7-Up Wein once again takes her readers back to Aksum, Africa (present-day Ethiopia and Eritrea) during the sixth century as she continues the family saga that began with The Winter Prince (Puffin, 2003), followed by A Coalition of Lions (Viking, 2003). This third book is told through the eyes of Telemakos, the grandson of two noble men, one British and one Aksumite. When a deadly plague decimates Britain, Aksum's emperor declares a quarantine in order to keep the kingdom safe. Yet there ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2004

In The Winter Prince (rev. 3/94) and A Coalition of Lions (rev. 3/03), Wein delights in taking strong characters, giving them solid ideals, setting them in the crucible of a challenging situation, and applying narrative torque until they are transformed, by pressure and heat, into purer metals. In The Sunbird, the character so transformed is Telemakos, the half-Ethiopian son of The Winter Prince's anti-hero Medraut. Telemakos's home, the Aksumite Empire, is under quarantine to block the plague, but salt smugglers ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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