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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689873972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689873973
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8-10?What was it like to be the beauteous Helen of Troy, or to be Cassandra, the unappreciated visionary? This novel tries to offer some answers. It begins in the mind of 12-year-old Helen, abducted (but chastely treated) by Theseus, sought after by a dozen contentious suitors, married lovelessly to Menelaus, and finally?the only act in which she has not been completely passive?enthralled by passion in the form of Paris. If Helen, the victim of her own beauty and rank, is not exactly a heroine, Paris is far from a hero. He, too, is passive, blaming his actions on the will of the gods (particularly, Aphrodite), and is fonder of love and his own looks than he is of battle. Fortunately, almost two thirds of the novel is given to Cassandra. Her description of Helen as "bone sweet" does not, however, conform to the Helen we have met in Part I. Of course many readers will know the outcome of the story, but the accounts of battles, negotiations and stratagems, seen from within Troy, still manage to be suspenseful, and the ending is particularly deft. The writing is competent but not especially vivid and too often predictable; there is some clumsy exposition. Little differentiates the voice of Cassandra from the voice of Helen: both are misfits in their world, but their speech and thoughts lack individual identity. Nevertheless, the novel is carefully structured, there are some interesting historical details, and the idea of a woman's-eye view of The Iliad would seem timely. If this novel manages to introduce even a few more readers to the world of the ancient Greeks, it will be worth its shelf space.?Patricia (Dooley) Lothrop Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Gr. 7^-10. Promising first-time author McLaren gives us the story of the Trojan War from two points of view. She begins with the divinely beautiful Helen, who recounts her own history--from her kidnapping at age 12 by Theseus to her marriage to Menelaus to her head-over-heels encounter with handsome, arrogant Paris. The remainder of the book is narrated by Paris' sister Cassandra, who experiences painful visions of the future (precipitated by Helen's arrival) but can get no one to believe her. These ancient stories are made as fresh and vivid as any modern tale by the electrifying characters and sensual details. By the time the tragedy has unfolded, readers will no longer think of Helen, Penelope, Achilles, and Odysseus as dull entries in a history text but will recognize them as gripping, fascinating personalities. Susan Dove Lempke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I have read this book way to many times to count and yet I still cry when Hector cries.
Colleen
The second and for the most part of the story is told through the eyes of Cassandra, Paris' sister and a Trojan Princess who has the Sight.
Athena
One was from Helen who is a major character in the story and another from Cassandra (ehom I think is the most interesting character).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 26, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Inside the Walls of Troy" is the most wonderful action- filled, heart-touching book about the Greek times I have ever read .It is told by two very different Greek Princesses. The first part of the book is told by Helen of Sparta,who later becames Helen of Troy. Helen's story starts when she is declared the most beautiful, mortal women in all the world. At twelve she is kidnapped by pirates. When she is finally returned to her father, many men want her hand in marrige. Her father chooses a nobleman named Menelaus,who she is forced to marry. Soon after, Helen fell deeply in love with Menelaus'good friend named Paris and runs away to Troy with him. The second part of the book is told by Cassandra, Paris' sister. She tells about the war between Sparta and Troy .This war was fought because Paris would not give Helen back to her husband, Menelaus.If there was one thing I could change it would be to make the book longer. I loved it and recommend it highly.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By FH7 on January 16, 2000
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This was one of the most fantastic books I have ever read. As a fervent feminist and lover of Greek mythology and history, this book appealled to me from all aspects. It re-tells the Trojan War from the viewpoint of Cassandra and Helen. No one knows what the women were really like, but Clemence McLaren did an excellent job in making them appear three-dimensional and realistic. All our records of the war (e.g. Homer) have discussed the men. It's time the women got some recognition! Anyway, this was an amazing book. I recommend you read it. You may cry at the end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victory Silvers on August 14, 2004
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We've heard the male version of the Trojan War for centuries. What about the women involved? How did Helen feel? What would it have been like to be Cassandra and have to watch your brothers head off into battle? The author takes you there. While personally I believe she could have included even more viewpoints of other women, and switched back and forth between Helen and Cassandra, the author opted to start with Helen's life as a child and switch to Cassandra's viewpoint after Helen arrives in Troy. While many would think this would make the book a bit unbalanced, it actually works quite well, as we see Cassandra's feelings towards Helen greatly change over the many years Troy is under siege. Overall, a pretty enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 31, 2000
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This was a very interesting book. It was not the usual happy ever after story where the Prince carries the Princess off and they get married. This tells the story like it actually is. War is not only when the good side wins. The gore,blood,the grime, and sweat of the warriors is told as realistically as possible. This book is about a ten year long war. A young girl named Helen, renowned as the most beautiful women in the world, was married to a man named Menelaus. One day a young handsome stranger named Paris comes along. Helen immediately falls in love with him. Helen and Paris elope together back to Troy. Menelaus is outraged. First he tries to send a delegation to Troy to ask for Helen's return. King Priam, the King of Troy, refuses. Priam loves Helen himself and thinks that she will be the prize of the city. Menelaus declares war on Troy, so Troy and Greeks go to War. The first part of the book, is told by Helen, but then the story switches to Cassandra's point of view. Cassandra is a Trojan woman. She is really stubborn and likes to stand up for what she believes in. Like Helen, she wants control over her own life. Cassandra also had the gift of seeing the future. She predicts that this whole war is going to happen. At first she is a little wary of Helen, but then they grow to be great friends. The only thing that they disagree on is Paris. Cassandra thinks that Paris is lazy and self-centered. Helen thinks that Paris is the most gorgeous and loving person in the world. The war wages on for ten long and weary years. Thousands of men die and no one even knows what it is over anymore. In the end one side wins. To find out read the book! I really liked how Ms. Mclaren told it from two of the womens' points of view. She really described how they were thinking and feeling.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 7, 2005
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"Inside the Walls of Troy"

I personally think that "Inside the Walls of Troy" is a great book. It is generally meant to be read by girls. If you are interested in what was happening around the Greek era this is a great book for you. If you are also interested in what women have done to contribute in our history this is also a good book for you.

"Inside the Walls of Troy" gives two women perspectives. The first half of the book is in the perspective of Helen Queen of Sparta. The second half of the book is in Princess Cassandra of Troy's perspective. This book is all about what was happening inside the walls of Troy during the Trojan War. This is a great book for people who are just starting off learning about Greek history, but it's also a great book if you know everything there is to know about Greek history.

In the beginning of the book Helen deceives her husband and sails off with the stunning Prince Paris. At first Cassandra, Paris's sister has a lot of hatred toward Helen. Later on she can't help but start to like the beautiful and friendly young woman. This book is all about the growing friendship of two women inside the walls of Troy.

Overall I think "Inside the Walls of Troy" is a great book. After all I've read it twice. I think the book is definitely worth reading. If you're like me you'll love it.
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