The Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia: Book 1 Hardcover – 20 Sep 2001
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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)
immensely readable (TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT)
Instantly accessible adventure ... trans-century appeal (THE GUARDIAN)
It's AD 79. Someone is killing Ostia's dogs and Flavia Gemina - inquisitive, bossy and brave - wants to find out who and whySee all Product Description
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During their adventures they are chased by slave dealers, go all around the streets of Ostia and much more with a cliff hanger at the end of every chapter. They learn how to become a Christian and we learn how hard it was to become Christian in those days. We also learn how Romans lived such as how they dressed and ate. We even learn how they used the different rooms in their houses.
I loved the Thieves of Ostia there wasn't one bit I didn't like.
The prose is simple enough to be understood by children at the upper end of primary school, but children older than that might find it a little dull. The same goes for the plot itself.
It is certainly a good place to start for children beginning an interest in historical fiction or classical history, before moving on to authors in the teenage/adult category like Rosemary Sutcliff.
Having finished this I have tried to buy the others from my local bookstores, but it seems the print runs are quite small. So, once this is written I'll just have to use Amazon!
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I missed these in my own childhood, but would have loved this sort of series. It's a wonderful first book to a series set in Ancient Rome, always a favourite period for primary... Read morePublished 6 months ago by K. J. Noyes
Excellent book. Using it in school for the English lessons alongside a Roman history topic. Children love it. Very enthusiastic and can't wait for the next instalment.Published 7 months ago by Mrs S G Norkett
I bought this second hand, for the knock-down price of £1.95. The pages are slightly yellowed with age, which is why I've taken off a star, but the quality isn't damaged enough for... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Laura
...because it had a hard problem to solve and very addictive. I would recommend because it is mysterious, and there is one special thing at the end of the book..…...Published 13 months ago by raisins&sultanas
My daughter really enjoyed this book and didn't put it down until she finished it!Published 14 months ago by oxwads
Great description of reading this with your class for historical settings. Each chapter ends on a cliff hanger which the class love and can begin to make predictions re previous... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mrs L Robson