Brave Cloelia

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Cloelia was among the two hundred Roman hostages delivered to the Etruscans in a deal made between the two nations. Most of the hostages accepted their role in the treaty that placed them on foreign soil away from their families. Cloelia was not so placid, however. She climbed a tree to study the lay of the land and the habits of the guards. The next day she spread the word among the girls that she had planned an escape. The forty girls in the encampment joined her in the dark of the moon, followed her to the river, and swam to safety with their own people. The King of the Etruscans was so impressed with this girl's cleverness and bravery that he ordered her to appear before him. The men of her family proudly accompanied her. King Larth Porsena invited them to a feast and allowed Cloelia to choose forty more hostages to take home. She chose all the young boys. Eventually, peace came between the two nations. Based on an actual episode from ancient Roman history, this little-known tale celebrates the ingenuity and resourcefulness of a young girl in a time far removed from the present. The characteristics exhibited by Cloelia continue to be valued today. 2004, The J Paul Getty Museum, Ages 9 to 12.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This colorfully illustrated version of a little-known story from the early history of ancient Rome tells of a girl who was one of the hostages given to the Etruscan king as part of a treaty. When Cloelia plotted an escape with some of her friends, the king demanded that she return to honor the agreement. She agreed, gaining the admiration of King Larth, who granted her the opportunity to select other hostages to return home with her. Cloelia's courage and daring were acknowledged by the city of Rome with the casting of a statue in her honor. Whether actual history or a legend, this is an inspiring tale of a brave young heroine and would be a useful addition to Roman history collections. The text is well written, and the handsome, richly colored, full-page illustrations successfully depict the action and setting.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Jane Louise Curry is the author of many books for young people, most recently Hold Up the Sky and Other Indian Tales of Texas and the Southwest and The Egyptian Box. She lives in Los Angeles. Jeff Crosby's work has appeared in numerous books and magazines. Brave Cloelia is his sixth children's book. He lives in Manhattan with his partner, Shelley, and their two dogs, Baron and Millie.

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