Authors: Constance Leeds
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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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The unfortunate son / by Constance Leeds.
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.
[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.
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For my Brother