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By Dori Jones Yang

Athletic and robust willed, Princess Emmajin's decided to do what no girl has performed earlier than: turn into a warrior within the military of her grandfather, the nice Khan Khubilai. within the Mongol global the one strategy to in attaining recognize is to teach bravery and win glory at the battlefield. the very last thing she wishes is the distraction of the foreigner Marco Polo, who demanding situations her ideals within the gardens of Xanadu. Marco has no abilities within the "manly arts" of the Mongols: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. nonetheless, he charms the Khan together with his wit and story-telling. Emmajin sees a unique Marco as they go back and forth throughout 13th-century China, searching 'dragons' and battling elephant-back warriors. Now she faces a special conflict as she struggles along with her allure in the direction of Marco and her awesome aim of profitable repute as a soldier.

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She sang as she worked, in a sweet soprano voice that calmed me. It occurred to me that I would miss her once I left home, whether for marriage or for the army. When she finished, she bit her lip, facing me. “Please, Emma. ” I hated to disappoint her, to keep her life on hold. Just then, a messenger arrived, saying Aju would be coming earlier. His son Jebe was to enter the archery tournament. Word had spread quickly, and young Mongols around Khanbalik were arriving at court, eager to compete. My heart leaped.

They lined up close to the targets, which were small sandbags piled neatly into low stacks. The aim was to hit the highest bag in the center of the stack. I watched from near the back of the crowd, wondering if I had made a mistake. One little boy became so excited that he wet his pants. Some boys laughed. I heard from just behind me a distinctive laugh, deep and resonant. As I turned to look, the man behind me had to duck to avoid being hit by the arrows on my back. He was a foreigner, with the thickest beard and largest nose I had ever seen.

The aim was to hit the highest bag in the center of the stack. I watched from near the back of the crowd, wondering if I had made a mistake. One little boy became so excited that he wet his pants. Some boys laughed. I heard from just behind me a distinctive laugh, deep and resonant. As I turned to look, the man behind me had to duck to avoid being hit by the arrows on my back. He was a foreigner, with the thickest beard and largest nose I had ever seen. A fist of fear gripped my throat. I had never stood so close to a foreigner.

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