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Dolphins of Laurentum (Roman Mysteries) [Turtleback]

Caroline Lawrence
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3 Nov 2005 Roman Mysteries (Book 5)
It's October AD 79. The arrival of a ragged man at the Geminus household sets in motion a series of events which take Flavia and her three friends to an opulent villa by the sea at Laurentum, a few miles south of Ostia. Just off the coast is a sunken wreck full of treasure which could be the answer to all their problems. But someone else is after the treasure, too. As the four children try to recover it, they solve the terrible mystery of Lupus's past.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product details

  • Turtleback: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Demco Media (3 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606346317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606346313
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Million-selling author Caroline Lawrence writes detective stories with the double aim of entertaining children and teaching them. Combining fast-moving plots with historical accuracy means her history mystery stories are beloved of children, parents and teachers.

In 2009, Caroline won the Classical Association Prize for her Roman Mysteries series, which comprises over 20 books and inspired a glossy BBC TV series.

In 2011 Caroline launched a second historical detective series, the Western Mysteries, staring P.K. Pinkerton: a 12-year-old doubly orphaned detective who has trouble "reading people". The Case of the Deadly Desperados was the Sunday New York Times Editors' Choice in February 2012.

Caroline says: "I want to know everything about the past, especially the exciting things. Also the sounds, smells, sights and tastes. I write historical novels because nobody has invented a Time Machine. And I write for kids because 11 is my inner age."

Caroline is also writing a spin-off series of Roman books for readers aged 7+, starting with
The Sewer Demon

Here are the Roman Mystery novels in series order:

The Thieves Of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries 1
The Secrets Of Vesuvius: The Roman Mysteries 2
The Pirates Of Pompeii: The Roman Mysteries 3
The Assassins Of Rome: The Roman Mysteries 4
The Dolphins Of Laurentum: The Roman Mysteries 5
The Twelve Tasks Of Flavia Gemina:The Roman Mysteries 6
The Enemies Of Jupiter: The Roman Mysteries 7
The Gladiators From Capua: The Roman Mysteries 8
The Colossus Of Rhodes: The Roman Mysteries 9
The Fugitive From Corinth: The Roman Mysteries 10
The Sirens Of Surrentum: The Roman Mysteries 11
The Charioteer Of Delphi: The Roman Mysteries 12
The Slave-Girl From Jerusalem: The Roman Mysteries 13
The Beggar Of Volubilis: The Roman Mysteries 14
The Scribes From Alexandria: The Roman Mysteries 15
The Prophet From Ephesus: The Roman Mysteries 16
The Man From Pomegranate Street: The Roman Mysteries 17

Here are the mini-mysteries:

The Legionary From Londinium And Other Mini-Mysteries
Trimalchio's Feast And Other Mini-Mysteries

Plus quiz books, omnibus editions, a travel book and a treasury:

The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Second Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 1-3) (B) (Feb)
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 4-6) (B)
From Ostia To Alexandria With Flavia Gemina
The Roman Mysteries Treasury

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"The Dolphins of Laurentum will delight your children¿An enjoyable and educational book" (Evening News (Norwich), 15 August 2003)

Lawrence's spirited characters, exciting plotlines and vivid evocation of life in Ancient Rome¿are making this series hugely popular with children, parents and teachers alike. (Joanne Owen, Borders The Bookseller, 18 Apr 03)

"Packed with adventure and effortlessly deployed detail culled from Pliny and Juvenal, they are enjoyable entertainment" (Amanda Craig Independent on Sunday, 22 Jun 03)

"Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence is a brilliant series packed with historical detail as seen through the eyes of four adventurous children. Lively characters, exciting plotlines and the vivid evocation of life in Ancient Rome makes this series hugely popular with children, parents and teachers." (Borders Summer Magazine, Summer 2003)

"Ditch those old famous five books (yes, I loved them too) and read this far superior version instead." (Bournemouth Daily Echo, 27 September 2003) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The fifth Roman Mystery is packed with exciting underwater action - and mixed fortunes for Lupus. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cara of Prep IIIT's book review 22 May 2007
If you love history, adventure and mystery then this is the book for you!

This amazing book by best selling author, Caroline Laurence is called "The Dolphins of Laurentum."

The main characters are Flavia Gemina, daughter of a rich sea captin, Jonathan, a Jew, Nubia a slave and Lupus a mute begger boy.

I like Nubia because she always listens to people. I also like Jonathan becuse he is very funny!

Laurentum, a seaside town is the setting for this book.

The year is AD79 and the children discover a ship wreck full of treasure. As they try to recover the treasure the terrible mystery of Lupus's past is revealed...

Caroline Laurence will transport you into the world of ancient Rome with plenty of Latin vocabulary on the way with a Latin dictionary in the back!

One of the books from the Roman Mystery series, this book is sutable for age eight upwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars four go on holiday to Laurentum 20 April 2003
Book five in the enjoyable Roman Mysteries series continues to explore the history of the four main characters, this time concentrating on Lupus. Once again Caroline Lawrence writes a tight story, giving you a good feeling for Roman history without it seeming like a lecture. A good mix of humour, angst, thrills and cliffhangers, Dolphins will appeal to the seven to seventy year olds. The Famous Five meet Lindsey Davis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROMAN MYSTERIES NO. FIVE 29 Sep 2013
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An absolutely amazing book. I recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries. Very touching and an amazing ending. Sorry, I use amazing allot
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Classic' Read 5 Jun 2013
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We are reading all of this series and my daughter loves the characters and stories. My sons also read these when they were younger and the eldest went on to study Classics at Cambridge. Like to think that these books started an interest in this time period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 9 April 2013
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My daughter has said that this book is great for people who love mysteries from different places and times. She would recommend it.
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