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The Night Raid by Caroline Lawrence
The Night Raid by Caroline Lawrence
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The Night Raid by Caroline Lawrence is based of Book 9 of Virgil's Aeneid, an epic poem in Latin about the hero Aeneas who, after fleeing burning Troy, travelled around the Mediterranean and having many adventures, before settling down at the future site of Rome. Nisus and his young friend Euryalus (Rye) escaped Troy to follow the Leader, Aeneas to a new land, to found a new Troy. Along the way, Nisus teaches Rye to fight for seven years, until they arrive in Italy, where there are unforeseen obstacles.

The Night Raid is a quick, simple read, presented in short chapters and sentences with wide spacing. It's designed for reluctant readers and children with dyslexia, which… Read more
Changeling by Philippa Gregory
Changeling by Philippa Gregory
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings, 17 May 2014
In Italy 1453, Luca Vero, expelled from his monastery of heresy, is tasked with plotting the End of the Days in Christendom, with the spit boy Frieze and Brother Peter. Meanwhile, in the Abbey of Lucretilli, Isolde is forced to be become the Lady Abbess by her father's dying words with her maiden, the Moor Ishraq. Strange happenings, witchcraft, greed and a plot brings the two characters together.

I've heard good things of Philippa Gregory, which was why I read this book. The beginning was interesting, introducing an unknown, hooded man and handsome (which is mentioned repeatedly) Luca Vero, who is apparently likes numbers. He doesn't mention them again for the rest of the book… Read more
Halo by Zizou Corder
Halo by Zizou Corder
'Halo' is the story of a young girl named Halo, who was washed ashore onto the Greek island of Zakynthos as a baby. She is taken in by a herd of centaurs, and grows up happily, as their equal. Until, many years later, she is captured, and sees that in this world of humans, not everything's the same. She struggles to find who she is and her 'brother to the left', but that's hard, when she pretending she's not who she is, because Halo has to be a boy.

A wonderful story of a girl's view on Ancient Greece, on how despite it being wonderful, it can be cruel and restraining to girls. Halo is lovable, strong, courageous and can provide for herself. Her Centaur parents are just plain… Read more