Getorix books by Judith Geary
Reviews and Endorsements
"Excellent Resource" – rating in InfoTech, the materials selection guide from the Instructional Technology Division of
the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Also in EvaluTech, from SREB, the Southern Regional Education Board's
Educational Technology Cooperative.
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Reviews for Getorix: Games of the Underworld
" Games of the Underworld is a fast-paced
and exciting story filled with great dialogue and lots of historical detail. Rome is brought to life as a living, breathing
city; everyday life and complicated politics are woven into the story without feeling crammed in, and readers of all ages
will be able to relate to the characters. ...Very enjoyable and very recommended."--Heather Domin, Historical Novel Review,
"Very few authors have the
skill to pull their reader into the time and place as if they are actually there, walking along the streets, experiencing
sights, sounds, and smells. Judith Geary does this with much finesse, ... Her portrayal of the political turmoil in Rome at
that time through characters and scenarios is fascinating and informative. The plot is fast-moving and suspenseful and readers
will be reluctant to put the book aside.” – Christy Tillery French,
Midwest Book Review
"With deceptive ease, Judith Geary leads the reader
through a maze of Roman politics and religious thought. ... The story is chock-full of details of Roman life during this
historical period, interwoven so skillfully in the fabric of the pages the reader, caught up in the unfolding drama, is unaware
of the impeccable research that went into the creation of this superbly ambitious novel. The story is peopled with characters
from history as well as fictional characters sprouting from Geary’s fertile imagination. Suspense is established in
the first pages, sweeping the reader along with the mounting travails of the young protagonists until the very end. There
is no rest for the weary in this captivating tale of friendship, loyalty, love, political intrigue and honor." -- Danielle
Bussone, All About Women
Reviews for Getorix: The Eagle and the Bull:
BookSense Recommended Read ... "The story line is good, the characters are good representations of people of the period and the varying
levels of Roman society they represent. The illustrations throughout the book add greatly to a reader’s vision of what
it may have been like to live in the century before Christ. We rated it four hearts." – Bob Spear, Heartland Reviews
finalist ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards
"The authentic setting, dialogue, and characterization beckon
readers to travel to worlds of long ago. ... Getorix will be of interest to readers because many of the themes—love,
friendship, honor, freedom, acceptance, cultural conflict, patience—are as applicable today as they were in the past.
History teachers will appreciate the book because of its educational value." – ForeWord
"Claodicos is a leader of the Celts, and he and his son Getorix are captured by
the Romans after a mighty battle. They are brought to Rome, and are about to be sacrificed as part of the triumphal parade.
Fourteen-year-old Getorix, who is not much of a warrior, strives hard to be seen as worthy of this sacrifice, and event that
in his own culture would be dignified and honorable. However, he is stunned when it is accompanied by no ritual, and when
he is saved a the last moment by the son of the victorious Roman general. However, to live as a a slave is intolerable to
him, and readers come to understand the struggle he feels between remaining alive and dying honorably, as he believes his
father would expect of him.
The other slaves in the household really come to life, and the detailed historical
setting is enhanced by a variety of illustrations, maps and diagrams throughout the text, all carefully labeled in an index.
Indeed the supplementary material is outstanding: a list of characters indicating if they were actual people; a historical
note to set the stage; extensive author’s notes about research, the Celts and Romans, the calendar and more; biographies;
a bibliography; and a glossary. A second book about Getorix is planned (the opening chapter is included) which is cause for
celebration. This is a compelling novel, both for young adults and adults that teaches a great deal about Rome of
about 100 BCE." –
Trudi E. Jacobson, Historical Novel Review
"Well done – a clear presentation of the conflicting cultural philosophies while still being enjoyable, entertaining
reading. Notes, biographies, bibliography and glossary are outstanding additions, making this a fine book for any classroom
– English or history – as well as deepening the understanding of the recreational reader." – evaluator,
Ben Franklin Awards
"Swiftly moving action story that takes place in the exciting period of Roman history
that preceded the rise of Julius Caesar. ... Plausible headstrong lead character ... Suitable for young people ... Great attention
to detail ... A wonderful first novel." – N.S. Gill, Guide to Ancient/Classical History, About.com
This is a coming of age story of two boys, of Getorix, whom fate has thrown into a hostile and utterly bewildering
environment – he mistakes the wax masks of the Lutatius ancestors for the heads of slain enemies – and of Lucius,
the sickly, spoiled baby of the family, an involuntary loner who desperately wants to have a friend. And it's a whopping adventure
tale besides. But to tell more of the plot would spoil the suspense. ...
Judith Geary has an intimate knowledge of the era of republican Rome and brings the city and its inhabitants
to life. The reader learns about Roman houses and households, customs, temples, and life outside the sheltered home of Catulus.
Lavish illustrations from 19th century publications as well as drawings by the contemporary artist Caroline Gerratt help the
Though intended for “anyone with an active mind who's interested in the Roman Republic and has little
prior knowledge,” the main target audience are 12-15 year olds and an assumed reading level of 6.4. Ms. Geary does not
insult the intelligence of the latter group: battle scenes, death and dying are openly and honestly dealt with, as are punishments
of slaves, and other unpleasant or adult aspects of life. ...
This is a well-crafted first novel by an author who understands her audience. ...This reviewer ...
and can highly recommend this book, as well as its ancillary educational aims. And she thoroughly enjoyed
the suspenseful story, and looks forward to the sequel! -- Irene B. Hahn, Roman History,
Books and More. Read the complete review at: http://romanhistorybooksandmore.freeservers.com/r_getorix1.htm
Following the adventurous life of Getorix which includes the depressing defeat of his father in a battle with
the Romans, Getorix: The Eagle And The Bull deftly carries readers through a Celtic family struggles and Getorix
befriending a Roman soldier who has spared his life. A superbly written novel whose author has taken great pains
to be as historically accurate as possible in the little details so important to background settings and plot developments,
Getorix: The Eagle And The Bull is very strongly recommended as a thoroughly captivating and intimate story of a young man's
struggle with identity and pride. Written for a young adult readership, Getorix: The Eagle And The Bull is the first
installment of a three volume trilogy and will leave the reader looking eagerly toward the next two titles in this superbly
crafted and original series." -- Midwest Book Review
"[Geary’s] knowledge of the Roman Republic in the first
century bce is intimate; yet, this book, aimed at young adult readers, is a rattling good story.
... Author gossips chattily about [the historical characters] in her Notes, providing the context for understanding the historical
and cultural milieu of the story. Especially, her Glossary and character Biographies, written in an occasionally downright
catty tone, show her to be a devoted historical scholar
and able storyteller." – schuyler kaufman, CML Magazine
"Getorix is a compelling
tale of ancient Rome. The fully-realized characters make the past come alive for readers of any age." –
Sharyn McCrumb, best-selling author of St. Dale
and the Ballad Series
"Getorix demonstrates the vivacity and spirit that enlivens everything Judith Geary does. The view of the life of Roman slaves
is one rarely seen, particularly for young people. The friendship between the two boys, Celt and Roman, both misfits in their
own cultures, and how they help each other to grow touches deep chords."– Ann
Chamberlin, award-winning author of Gloria: The Merlin and The Saint.
"Thoroughly grounded in the world of ancient
Rome, with its convoluted political intrigues, Judith Geary has written a novel that gives the reader a contemporary
sense of being there as she guides her young hero, Getorix, in his quest to find his family and his place in the world. Tightly woven plot, well developed characters, and all the historical details necessary to create mental adventure
film keeps the pages turning. I could not put it down until I finished." – Gloria Houston, award-winning
author of Littlejim and Bright Freedom’s
Song: A Story of the Underground Railroad.
"Provides the reader with an astonishingly vivid and
well-realized glimpse at Rome during the first century B.C.E. – a glimpse filtered through the eyes
of a young Celtic slave, whose passions and problems will resonate with teenagers today. It’s a side of ancient Rome
we hear about and know existed, but seldom see: a wonderful synthesis of today’s sensibilities
and the facts of yesteryear." – Tom Deitz, author of twenty novels of speculative fiction
including the David Sullivan series.
of two boys on the verge of manhood who find themselves caught in a conflicting web of duty, honor and a most unlikely friendship.
Geary gives the reader a feel for ancient Rome that rests not only on solid research but also on a story-teller's ability
to bring the sights and sounds of the city to life. The story stands alone quite well but also leaves the reader eager for
the next installment." – Albert A. Bell, Jr., author, Exploring the New Testament World & All Roads Lead to Murder.
"Congratulations on having written a truly fine novel ... I am thoroughly enjoying my trip back to Roman times.
As a reader, I am expertly taken back to a time long gone, a part of history that I know little about, although some parts
of the experience is perilously close to today and our own follies.
Place is a big part of this novel and I can actually smell the kitchen of that household
and feel the closeness of that cell. It’s a good story and you’ve made it good by making the characters
come alive in my head--you’ve done this, not by lengthy and what can be often tedious descriptions, but by little phrases,
little bits of information that allows my mind to do the rest. You gave me background as I needed it without larding me with
it all at once in the beginning.
Good writing. It is just "stompin'-down" good. My hat’s off to
you. And, for the rest of the people who are a part of this fine novel, congratulations to you, too. The page design is masterful--a
work of art in itself. High Country deserves a series of stars for recognizing that this was a work that deserved the "full
treatment," so congratulations to whoever acquired the rights, to the editors, the proof readers, and the person responsible
for bringing the coffee. Great story, and I hope it achieves the honors it deserves." – Jack Pyle, author of numerous
works, including the award-winning Black Horse, White Rider
Quotes from Orson Scott Card and others appear in the Acknowledgments.