The Golden Bull by Marjorie Cowley

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A brother and sister's search for a new life and new home . . .

5,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia during a terrible drought, Jomar and Zefa's father must send his children away to the city of Ur because he can no longer feed them. At fourteen, Jomar is old enough to apprentice with Sidah, a master goldsmith for the temple of the moongod, but there is no place for Zefa in Sidah's household. Zefa, a talented but untrained musician, is forced to play her music and sing for alms on the streets of Ur.

Marjorie Cowley vividly imagines the intrigues, and harsh struggle for survival in ancient Mesopotamia.

About Marjorie Cowley

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Marjorie Cowley was trained at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught prehistoric history to students from first grade through high school. In this capacity she was designated a professional expert by the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has written two previous novels with settings in ancient history, DAR THE SPEAR-THROWER and ANOOKA'S ANSWER. She lives in Santa Monica, California.
Published July 1, 2008 by Charlesbridge. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Young readers will identify with the up-and-down sibling relationship at the center of this historical tale, in spite of its uncommonly petrified dialogue (“Early tomorrow morning I’ll take you to the broad, well-traveled road that leads to the city”) and a less-than-suspenseful plot.

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