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Cross My Heart

By: Sasha Gould

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While living in a convent was not ideal, at least it was better than the newest surprise Laura della Scala’s father had for her – forced marriage to a lecherous older man to help retain her families status. But in 16th century Venice, 16-year-old girls didn’t have much say in their fate.  With both her mother and sister dead, Laura turned to the clandestine group, the Segreta for help. This secret society of women promises to somehow put a stop to Laura’s impending wedding in exchange for one thing – a secret. Desperate to be free, Laura shares a powerful man’s secret with the group, only to discover that she has exchanged one prison for another.

Prepared by Julie Fales, Shawnee Mission South High School Journalism Adviser, Overland Park, KS