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***Galen

My Life in Imperial Rome

by Marissa Moss

Reviewed February 17, 2003.
Silver Whistle (Harcourt Books), San Diego, 2002.  52 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF MOS)

This book is presented as the diary of a Greek slave boy owned by Caesar Augustus.  I didn’t know that it was common to free slaves in those days and that slaves tried to earn money to buy their freedom.  Galen’s best friend is a charioteer.  I also didn’t know that young boy slaves drove chariots and could use their winnings to eventually buy their freedom.

Besides the interesting facts about life in Imperial Rome, a plot comes up against Caesar’s life and Galen must figure out how to get people to even listen to him, a slave.  This book is in a format that will pique kids’ interest.


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