Girl in a Cage Author:Jane Yolen, Robert J. Harris When her father, Robert the Bruce, becomes King of Scotland, Marjorie Bruce becomes a princess. But Edward Longshanks, the ruthless King of England, has set his sights on Robert and his family. Marjorie is captured and imprisoned in a wooden cage in the center of a town square, exposed to wind, rain, the taunts of the townspeople, and the scorn ... more »of Longshanks himself. Marjorie knows that despite her suffering and pain, she is the daughter of noble Robert the Bruce&150and she will make her father, and her country, proud. For a true princess is a princess, whether in a castle or in a cage.« less
This school-aged children's historical novel is told in the first person by 11 year-old Marjorie, the daughter of the Scottish King Robert the Bruce, who was captured by King Edward of England during one of the wars for the independence of Scotland, and imprisoned in an outdoor cage. She is determined not only to survive, but to outwit the English king. Very well written, as one would expect from Jane Yolen, and any adult interested in Scottish history would enjoy it too.