Yang, Dori Jones. Daughter of Xanadu. Illus. by Stephen Yang. 2011. 352 p. Delacorte, $17.99 (978-0-3857-3923-8). Gr. 8-10.
Sixteen-year-old Emmajin, fictional granddaughter of Kubilai Kahn, dreams of joining the army rather than of finding a husband. She gains entrance to the army but is also asked to gather information about Marco Polo so the Mongolian empire might conquer his homeland. With experience and time, Emmajin’s goals transform from ones of conquest to ones of compassion. [ltp]