The Golden Bull

The Golden Bull

Marjorie Cowley (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891820

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Description

5,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia during a terrible drought, Jomar and Zefa's father must send his children away to the city of Ur because he can no longer feed them. At fourteen, Jomar is old enough to apprentice with Sidah, a master goldsmith for the temple of the moongod, but there is no place for Zefa in Sidah's household. Zefa, a talented but untrained musician, is forced to play her music and sing for alms on the streets of Ur.

Reading Level
Lexile
760L
Fountas Pinnell Guided Reading
X
ATOS
5.2
DRA
40
Categories
Genre
Cultural/Diversity Family History Legends & Myths Social Issues
Interest Age
Ages 9-12 Ages 13+
Grade
6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Subject
Language Arts
Language
English (US)
Fiction/Non-Fiction
Fiction
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