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CONSTANCE LEEDS

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VIKING

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First published in the United States of America by Viking, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2012

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Copyright © Constance Leeds, 2012

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA

Leeds, Constance.

The unfortunate son / by Constance Leeds.

p. cm.

Summary: Luc, a youth born with one ear and raised by a drunken father in fifteenth-century France, finds a better home with fisherman Pons, his sister Mattie, and their ward Beatrice, the daughter of a disgraced knight, and even after being kidnapped and sold into slavery in Africa, he remains remarkably fortunate.

ISBN: 978-1-101-57237-5

[1. Identity—Fiction. 2. Luck—Fiction. 3. Abnormalities, Human—Fiction. 4. Fishing—Fiction. 5. Slavery—Fiction. 6. Kidnapping—Fiction. 7. France—History—15th century—Fiction. 8. Africa—History—To 1498—Fiction.] I. Title.

PZ7.L51523For 2012

[Fic]—dc23

2011027530

Printed in the USA   Set in Goudy Old Style   Book design by Jim Hoover

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ALWAYS LEARNING

PEARSON

For my Brother

W
HAT
W
OULD
D
OUG
D
O

CONTENTS

1486:

P
ROLOGUE

A Son

1500:

C
HAPTER
O
NE

The Fisherman’s Cottage

C
HAPTER
T
WO

The Helper

C
HAPTER
T
HREE

Rain

C
HAPTER
F
OUR

Pascal’s Farmhouse

C
HAPTER
F
IVE

The Olive Harvest

C
HAPTER
S
IX

A Gift

C
HAPTER
S
EVEN

Fishing

C
HAPTER
E
IGHT

Luc’s Visit

1501:

C
HAPTER
N
INE

Winter in the Village

C
HAPTER
T
EN

The Soldiers

C
HAPTER
E
LEVEN

Lilies of the Valley

C
HAPTER
T
WELVE

Bad Luck

C
HAPTER
T
HIRTEEN

Pons Returns

C
HAPTER
F
OURTEEN

The Voyage

C
HAPTER
F
IFTEEN

Bizerte

C
HAPTER
S
IXTEEN

The Master

C
HAPTER
S
EVENTEEN

Sunday

C
HAPTER
E
IGHTEEN

Salah’s Household

C
HAPTER
N
INETEEN

Blanche

C
HAPTER
T
WENTY

One Ear

C
HAPTER
T
WENTY-ONE

Skills

C
HAPTER
T
WENTY-TWO

Autumn in Mouette

C
HAPTER
T
WENTY-THREE

Education

C
HAPTER
T
WENTY-FOUR

Alain

C
HAPTER
T
WENTY-FIVE

Abraham

C
HAPTER
T
WENTY-SIX

Christmas

1502:

C
HAPTER
T
WENTY-SEVEN

Geography

C
HAPTER
T
WENTY-EIGHT

Honored Guests

C
HAPTER
T
WENTY-NINE

March Visitors

C
HAPTER
T
HIRTY

Louis

C
HAPTER
T
HIRTY-ONE

Promises

C
HAPTER
T
HIRTY-TWO

Reading

C
HAPTER
T
HIRTY-THREE

May’s Move

C
HAPTER
T
HIRTY-FOUR

Inland

C
HAPTER
T
HIRTY-FIVE

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