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Children's LiteratureIn this delightful entry into ancient Greek historical fiction, Denenberg presents an easily read and enjoyable glimpse into the life of Pandora, a thirteen-year-old girl engaged to her 30-year-old cousin, Menander, ruing her boring life as a proper Athenian girl. Pandora becomes acquainted with the great philosopher Socrates (the only true historical character in this book) even assuming the guise of a young lad to partake in a party hosted by the "Wise One." Today she would be considered a feminist for her attitude and actions, but in this installment in "The Life and Times" series Pandora is presented as a brave woman well beyond her years. Following the familiar shape and semblance of other historical fiction series published by Scholastic, this work opens another window to the past from the lives of very ordinary people. Even though its fiction, this is an excellent resource for ancient history because the descriptions of Greek life will spark discussions of different lifestyles and attitudes. 2004, Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12.