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Theft of the Golden Ring/ a Tale of Rome and Treasure
(ISBN: na)

Author(s): Lawrence, Isabelle Pages: 309
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill Date of Publication: 1948
Reading Level: YA Genre:
Setting: Rome & Med Period: 63 BC (Code: 5c)
Rome Setting: y/2 Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person: n
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: Catilinarian conspiracy foiled with the help of a boy, Gaius. A major hero is the boy's brother-in-law, Octavius, father of the newborn Augustus. Julius Caesar is an important minor character, a good guy. Catiline hardly appears at all, though his men do periodically and it is opposition to the Catilinarians that holds the plot together.
Unique Qualities: " an adventure story which contains some elements of mystery. Set in the time of Cicero's consulship, the heroes are the father, mother and uncle of the infant Octavian (Caesar Augustus). Julius Caesar, Pompeia, Julia, Catilina, Cicero, Lentulus and Manlius also appear. Sequel to the Lawrence book The Gift of the Golden Cup/ a Tale of Rome and Pirates (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1946) which is set three years earlier and features much the same cast of characters." (Heli) rp 1960
Rating: Excellent for young adults and good for adults too. No problems with language or situation and story is fast-paced. Minimal background detail & description, but all there seems right. Good character presentation, with key for young adults that the most adventurous character is a young boy (nephew of Julius Caesar) and his 16-yr old sister.

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