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Julia Valeria

Author(s): Gale, Elizabeth Pages: 243
Publisher: Putnam's Sons Date of Publication: 1950
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Rome & environs Period: 19 BC (Code: 6)
Rome Setting: Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: y First Person: n
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: Julia, 16 yr old daughter of very wealthy and noble Julius Valerius in 19 BC, thwarts a (vague) plot against Augustus, off in the East, clears her father of a charge of treason, and avoids marriage to a scheming plotter, Titus, with the help of his cousin/her friend (and, by the end of the book, husband), Marcus, a military tribune under Julius.
Unique Qualities:
Rating: A pleasant, untaxing read, targeted at younger readers, but high school readers would still enjoy it, perhaps girls more so than boys. Plenty of background of detail & custom. The central conspiracy against Rome & Augustus is weak & undeveloped, too vague, but the main characters are reasonably developed, esp the females. The men are noble and kind, but they're just not around much. (Mench)

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