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I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño
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Nov 20, 2011

really liked it
Read in October, 2011

I wish I could have given this a three and a half star rating...I found it to be a valuable book in the sense that I learned a lot about Spain, Velazquez, and art in this period (it is historical fiction). It is about a slave, Juan, who assists the painter Don Diego de Velazquez and about his own aspirations to paint. Both are real heroes-- kind, loyal, compassionate.

BUT I did find the pace slow and found it to be a little boring. We listened to this on audiobook and I've wondered if it was the reader who bugged me and not the story...I don't know. Though this is a YA book I think only a more mature child would be interested because of what I just mentioned.

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