Though the novel does not specifically state the dates of its story, Pran of Albania is nevertheless a historical novel set in the early nineteenth century among the mountain tribes of northern Albania. It tells the story of a fourteen-year-old girl, Pran, who, by tribal tradition, is old enough to be betrothed. In order to avoid an arranged marriage, she follows local custom in taking a vow to be a "sworn virgin" and to live as a man. The novel, illustrated by Maud and Miska Petersham, was first published in 1929 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1930.
Did you find this review helpful?