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The Thieves of Ostia Paperback – 1 Apr 2002
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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)
The Thieves of Ostia sets up this wonderful series in fun and exciting way ... I enjoyed learning surprising details of Roman life in the company of four memorable characters. And everyone loves mystery solving! (The List)
If you like detective stories, you'll love the first in this exciting mystery series (The Week Junior)
It's AD 79. Someone is killing Ostia's dogs and Flavia Gemina - inquisitive, bossy and brave - wants to find out who and why ...See all Product description
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The Thieves of Ostia is a delightful and well-written read, full of accurate yet lightly woven-in descriptions of 1st century AD Roman Italy. The heroine, the courageous Flavia, is a curious girl with more than a touch of the detective's skill. As the story progresses, she makes friends with Jonathan, Nubia and the mute beggar boy, Lupus. These three become her willing co-sleuths as Flavia tries to discover who is killing dogs in her neighbourhood.
The book is short, fast-paced and full of wry humour. The descriptions of life in Ostia, from its temples, houses, forum and harbour, to the people who lived, worked and died in it, are richly detailed. Lawrence has not, as I suspected she might (because of her intended audience), shied away from the grim realities of life in ancient times. *Mild spoilers ahead* Thus we read about the deaths of people though rabies, see a suicide, and watch as wild dogs are shot down with arrows. These topics are dealt with with a delicate yet straightforward touch, in a manner that is entirely suitable for younger readers, but which also presents the brutal reality of life 2000 years ago. For this, Lawrence is to be commended highly. I for one will be heading for the second volume of the series, as soon as possible!
Ben Kane, author of The Forgotten Legion.
Unfortunately the part about dogs being beheaded was simply too gruesome for my 9-year-old daughter, who was completely spooked by it, and had to abandon the story around chapter 8. Like most kids, she is fond of animals, but she is not overly sensitive, and I'm honestly surprised at how few others had a problem with this.
Clearly there were harsh aspects to life in Roman times, not least the institutionalised slavery, and it is entirely right that these form part of the narrative. But I would suggest that parents skim-read chapters 6-8 before letting any child under 10 loose on the book.
I have given 4 stars because, animal decapitations aside, this is a fine book, and I seem to be in the minority in finding the gore inappropriate.
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