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The Forgotten Daughter Paperback – April, 2005

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New printing of the 1934 Newbery Honor Book, with a beautiful new cover design. Chloé, the young daughter of a noble Roman man, has been lost to her father, and has spent her life as a slave on one of his own villas. Cruelly treated, and with no hope of freedom, her only escape in into the stories of her Grecian mother's home town of Eresós, as told to her by Melissa, a fellow-slave and her mother's dearest friend. Aulus, a brave young Roman solider, is banished from Rome and escapes to his own villa in the Italian countryside. There he is faced by a life-threatening misfortune, is saved by the enchanting young Chloé, and falls in love with her, despite the fact that she is a slave. This historically accurate 1934 Newbery Honor Book is a captivating story of adventure, love, Chloé's struggle with the anger and hatred she feels toward her father, and the forgiveness she learns that cleanses her soul. Also included in this book is a biography of Caroline Dale Snedeker.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: American Home School Publishing (AHSP); Reprint Used edition (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966706765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966706765
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Young Chloe is the daughter of a wealthy Roman, but is being raised as a slave on his estate in Greece. This is her story as she matures from a young girl into womanhood. The characterizations are a bit idealistic, but it's a great story. It was one of my favorites as I was growing up. I read it again recently at the local library and found it had not lost it's charm. For ages 9+.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Forgotten Daughter is a beautifully written book in which a young girl and her Roman father must discover a relationship they were cheated out of. It is a conciliatory tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of ancient Rome and Greece. Its themes make it relevant today! No wonder it was a Newberry honor book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Heather Castledine on May 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was 12. I have never forgotten it and have searched for a copy everywhere. It is a must-read for any young girl. It is full of romance, history and heartache.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NY film buff on April 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Caroline Dale Snedeker's delightful novel for young adults is set in and close to Republican Rome of the 2nd century BC, less than a hundred years prior to the rise of Julius Caesar. The forgotten daughter of the title is young Chloe, offspring of an upper class Roman and a Greek slave. Raised as a slave on an estate far from the city, she knows cruelty and want, despite the nurturing presence of Melissa, her deceased mother's closest friend and fellow slave. Another major character in the narrative is the aristocratic young Roman Aulus, whose support of controversial land reforms by the (historical) politican Gaius Gracchus leads to his exile from Rome. While living in seclusion at his family's country home, Aulus meets the spritely Chloe, now grown to lovely young womanhood. He is drawn to her sensitivity and artistic spirit--thanks to Melissa's education, she can even quote from Sappho and the Greek playwrights--and they become friends. Their comradeship and budding romance are charmingly described, as are the misunderstandings between them, and the eventual acknowledgement of Chloe by her long-absent father.

The author artfully combines historical fact with fiction in a lyrical prose that is expressive and moving without being cloying. Note: Young readers of today may be confused by the term "lesbian, " here meant to refer to Greeks from the island of Lesbos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on July 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"THE FORGOTTEN DAUGHTER" IS ANOTHER TOTALLY MESMERIZING BOOK FROM MY
CHILDHOOD! STILL AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, AND HAS BEEN REPRINTED AS A PAPERBACK!

WARNING....SPOILERS AHEAD......

Young and beautiful Chloe, a Greek slave girl on a large, country estate in Italy, has grown up hating her father. Why? Because she is her father's slave! Her beautiful Greek mother is dead, and her only consolation is the friendship she has with her mother's friend, Melissa, and also with a slave-girl of her own age, Robina.....

A handsome Roman aristocrat has been banished to the country for trying to secure rights for the common people, or plebians. Soon, a romance blossoms between the handsome young aristocrat and the beautiful slave-girl, but they have arguments, as well....

When Chloe's father finally comes to visit his country estate, strange, terrible, and wonderful things come to pass. The past is finally unravelled, and long-hidden truths come to light. Does Chloe allow her hatred of her father to allow her to come to blows with him....and so be sold away? Or are gentler discoveries made by both father and daughter?

To tell the ending of the book -- more than I already have -- would be truly spoiling it. Suffice it to say that the ending of the book shows that even the most loving parent can make mistakes -- terrible mistakes --which may not even be the parent's fault at all. Parents are not perfect -- they are just people, like anyone else. But the mistakes that loving parents make are never mistakes made on purpose....

The language in this book is exemplary -- giving a feeling of the isolation of the farming estate, and of the ancient time period in which it was lived.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on June 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Chloe is a teenage girl who lives with her guardian Melissa in a cottage on a country estate of the ancient Roman Republic. Her mother, also named Chloe, was a Greek from the island of Eresos. The older Chloe had been captured, along with her servant Melissa, by the Roman conquerer Laevinus, who married her and fathered Chloe. However, all her life the young Chloe has been told that her father abandoned her mother, causing her death. She and Melissa are treated as slaves whose work is to spin wool into thread and then weave it into cloth for Laevinus's new wife Helvia and children Lavinia and Kaeso in the city of Rome. The villicus or overseer Davus regularly beats the girl and apparently is given to lying about her. Chloe has grown to hate the very name of her father.
The estate next door belongs to the Cornelius family, and Chloe occasionally sees the son Aulus riding his horse in the fields and imagines him as her perfect suitor. A few years later Aulus, who has been away at war, returns to Rome to help his friend, the tribune Tiberius Gracchus, make reforms, but when Tiberius is murdered by the Senate, Aulus is banished from Rome and hides out at his family's country estate. While out walking one day, Aulus falls into a hunter's pit and is saved by Chloe. The two fall in love and talk of marriage. However, Aulus's father has the banishment reversed, and as Aulus prepares to return to Rome, they part on less than friendly terms. With the arrival of a new villicus even worse than Davus, Chloe and Melissa run away to find a relative in Poseidonia. They almost make it but are recognized by a coworker of Davus and returned as runaway slaves. What will happen to them? And will Chloe ever see Aulus again?
The Forgotten Daughter was a Newbery honor book in 1934.
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