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The Roman Mysteries


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Third title in this unique fiction series Ancient Rome a hot favourite among children Authentic detail Great storytelling Appealing theme of four friends Rights sold in 17 territories Inspiration for the prime time BBC TV series Over 900,000 copies of the series sold in the UK alone

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Caroline Lawrence is American. She won a scholarship to Cambridge to read Classical Archaeology, then did a degree in Hebrew and Jewish studies at University College London. She now lives in London with her English husband and teaches Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Art and French to children.


Flavia Gemina, the teen sleuth of first-century Ostia and heroine of the Roman Mysteries series, cracks her third case in The Pirates of Pompeii by Caroline Lawrence. Mount Vesuvius has just erupted, and refugees stream into camps-where children go missing. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Gr 5-7-Flavia, Jonathan, Lupus, and Nubia are once again faced with a mystery. The year is 79 C.E. and Mount Vesuvius has just erupted, leaving chaos and destruction in its wake. The children are living in a refugee camp with Jonathan's father and Flavia's uncle. The sky is hazy and red, everything is covered in a thick layer of ash, and the wails of professional mourners and families who have lost loved ones pierce the air. One by one, children disappear from the area and Flavia and her friends decide to find out why. Woven into the mystery are problems and issues of Roman life such as the abusive treatment of slaves and the class structure of the patron/client system. The search for the missing children is fast paced and in several instances peril seems imminent. Newcomers to the series may be a little confused by this one but fans will enjoy it.-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

'immensely readable'--Times Educational Supplement
an interesting and exciting read that is extremely well researched. It is packed with accurate detail of everyday Roman life. The story is so well paced and involving that you don't realise just how much information you are absorbing.--School Librarian.

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