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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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With Sherlock so popular at the moment, the detective genre should receive a boost, and the fact that this is quite instructive on life in Roman times as well as including a murder and several personable young amateur sleuths is in its favour.
Wealthy Flavia and her new neighbours find dogs killed in their street. Alongside the slave girl she rescues and a mute beggar boy, the quartet set out to find who has killed them and why, and of course, involving themselves in a bigger (and more dangerous) mystery.
I loved the historical detail, about every aspect of life from food and houses to slaves and books. The children are well written and not too eager or unrealistic in their language. The audiobook version I read is well-narrated with a talented actor giving distinct voices to all of the characters.
Great start to a series. I would read more if I were the right age, probably 9-12.
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!
I've recommended and loaned this book to Latin teachers in our area (I don't think I'll ever see my book in one piece again), and I would have welcomed having this when I was starting Latin.
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.