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Caroline Lawrence , Helen Forte
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At the end of book 17 of the Roman Mysteries, Caroline Lawrence introduced us to Threptus - a young beggar boy. In this fun and fabulous new series, Threptus starts work with his mentor - the soothsayer, Floridius - and together they must solve their first mystery...

Can they rid a rich woman's house of the demon that haunts it in the dead of night? What is the true nature of the demon? And is it really a supernatural being?

Threptus is a brave, funny and loveable hero and each story is a mini-mystery perfect for readers aged 7 up.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444004557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444004557
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Fans of Caroline Lawrence's earlier series of mysteries set in Ancient Rome have enjoyed both the thrilling adventures of the four young friends, and the authentic detail which brought those stories so vividly to life. And now, with the adventures of Threptus, readers from about six or seven years of age can enjoy the same delights. (THE BOOKBAG)

I would give this book a five-star rating for the funny way it's written. I discovered that 'naso' is Latin for nose! (Sebastian, aged 8)

The younger reader, and the Classicist of every age, is drawn into and around the streets of Ostia through Lawrence's detailed and flirtatious description (The Classics Library 2012-01-24)

The adventures are action-packed and hilarious, so kids aged 7 and upwards will love them (Liverpool Echo 2012-01-30)

In the grand tradition of Scooby-Doo, this book gives kids all the thrills of encounters with demons and spirits, while always providing a more mundane (though in this case still fairly exciting!) solution to go with its real-world setting. (Pop Classics 2012-01-31)

The Sewer Demon ... has humour a plenty. It also has a tight plot, a very accurate sense of place and culture, and characters you will fall in love with. Oh, and there's plenty of historical facts too ... Perfect for both avid and reluctant readers ... An exciting and informative read indeed. (THE AWFULLY BIG BLOG ADVENTURE)

Though quite short, the story has the feel and detail of a longer novel. It is engaging, funny, fast-paced and full of lavatorial humour. Thoroughly enjoyable! (CAROUSEL 2012-07-01)

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An extension of The Roman Mysteries brand, featuring an irresistible new hero, Threptus, who helps solve the mystery of a house haunted by a demon!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read by Roxie aged 8 16 Feb 2012
By J. Rees
I'm sorry to say this but I didn't like this book I LOVED it. It was so BRILLIANT. I like the idea of the evil eye and my best character was Floridius because he is really funny when he sells all the things in his shop. I also like the name The Sewer Demon it's really cool and catchy and I also like the way real Ancient Roman details are used. The story is really amazing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Est ipsum bonum 13 Feb 2012
I was looking forward to reading Caroline's new book, as I love 'The Roman Mysteries', although as 'The Sewer Demon' 's target audience is children, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as her previous books and I was proved right.

It's a great story, the main character is very likeable but the story is much too directed at young children for it to be placed in my 'favourite books' list along with 'The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina', 'The Sirens of Surrentum' and 'The Man from Pomegranate Street'.

The story is about a young boy, Threptus, who hears that there is a 'sewer demon' causing trouble in Ostia and thanks to Lupus' (one of the main characters in 'The Roman Mysteries') encouragement, he sets off with his new guardian Floridius to solve the mystery. He gets chased by some bullies and pushed into a sewer. The story is mainly about him exploring the sewer, finding clues about what the 'sewer demon' could be (by hearing people's conversations in the toilets (which are above him) and finding out what the sewer demon is, by nearly being dragged under the sewer water by it (yuck) and why it's causing trouble.

The book when the sewers are being talked about, mentions 'poo' and 'pee' by name a lot which I think young boys would love and find very funny, (or maybe that's just my cousin who grabbed the book out of my hand when he saw the words first mentioned ;) ).

All in all, I think the book is well worth buying as the story creates the Ancient Roman world in a really interesting way and brings it to life using well thought out, interesting, funny and likeable characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toilet humour at its very best..... 8 Feb 2012
My daughters and I are huge fans of Caroline Lawrence's wonderful series, The Roman Mysteries, and I was delighted to read her latest book - The Sewer Demon - which is pitched at a slightly younger audience.

Threptus is a young beggar boy from the Roman port of Ostia who has become "apprenticed" to a self-proclaimed soothsayer named Floridius, who works on the shady side of legal trading. What starts off as a simple shopping trip leads Threptus through a frightening journey into the sewers and the chance to solve a mystery involving a suspected demon in the sewer of a Roman lady's house. It is crammed full of fascinating information about life in Roman times, especially toilets and the dreaded sponge stick, and will appeal to children aged 7+, or to even younger confident readers.

Mild peril, fast-paced adventure, oodles of lavatorial humour and bravery permeate the whole book, and it is destined to become a firm favourite for any child with an interest in history, the Romans or who just wants a really, really fun book to read.

I thoroughly enjoyed it even if I am 48 :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poo, pee and trumping!! 22 Mar 2012
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I read The Sewer Demon with my 6 yr old daughter, well infact she read it to me I just helped out with the big words and the explanation of the latin names and phrases. I was a bit worried that that she might struggle with the book but she didn't, the story rolls along at steady pace just perfect for ages 6 and above.

The story revolves around a young ex beggar boy named Threptus living in the Roman port of Ostia who helps out Floridius a down on his luck soothsayer. Threptus has a run in with some older boys and inadvertantly ends up in the sewer system underneath Ostia where he encounters all sorts potential hazards such as demons (or does he??)and at one point finds himself directly under the public latrines where he almost literally gets dumped on!! My daughter loved this part of the book and giggled all the way through and I must admit so did I!The story continues with Threptus and Floridius getting into more scrapes and solving mysteries along the way.

The humour through out the book is perfect for young children, lots of poo and pee and trumping incidents will keep the kids laughing along while at the same time there's plenty of interesting facts about how the ancient Romans lived, plus the added tension when the dreaded sewer demon finally makes an appearance makes this book an excellent introduction to ancient Rome for the younger reader.

The Sewer Demon reviewed by Isabel Age 6

The story is about a young boy called Threptus. Threptus gets bullied by 3 older boys, he goes into the sewer to try and get his mentors charms back. He ends up under the public toilets and he see's a man having a poo, it made me laugh. I learnt that the Romans used a sponge on a stick to wipe their bum and after they used to put it in vinegar.

I thought that it was really funny and interesting and sometimes a bit scary.

I loved this story and can't wait to read the next one.

Isabel 6
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