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on 16 August 2017
A fun, short story set in Roman times with a few references to Roman and Celtic life. I bought it as a text to use alongside our Roman topic and think the kids will enjoy it as it's great story and the characters are very accessible.
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Bought the full set of 4 Roman Tales for my 7 year old to read before starting his next school topic on Romans. This is perfectly pitched at his age group, and he read the seven chapters over 2 sittings.

The story is about a young English druid boy captured by the invading Romans and taken back to Rome as a slave. His master's daughter is unkind to him and he is miserable in Rome. After speaking out he is imprisoned and while awaiting execution meets Caratacus, the famous Celtic hero. Caratatus makes a speech in the senate, translated into Latin by our young hero, and both their lives are spared. Caratacus goes on to settle in Rome, but the boy eventually escapes back to England.

The story is based on the historical record of Caratacus, and the author explains the history behind it in an Afterward section. The series is particularly useful if you want to give your child more than the traditional view of the Romans as a brave conquering army and advanced civilisation; these books show another perspective on the Romans, from the view of slaves, children and fallen enemies, and shows the cruel side of their civilisation.

My son enjoyed the book (and indeed the whole set) very much, but the story opens with the druids planning to sacrifice a Roman soldier and then all being slaughtered (the boy's parents and baby sister included) by the Roman army. While is is not gratuitously graphic, it could nonetheless be quite disturbing for some children, and certainly leads to lots of questions and discussion.
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on 22 May 2012
The story is about a young British boy whose mum and dad are Celts. The boy's mum and dad die with the Celts. The boy survived and the Romans captured him and take him into Prison.
What I liked about the story was that the pictures are amazing because they link to the words and if you like quite long stories you may like this story .It's well told and factual ,also unexpected. But the best of all is that the story flows amazingly well. But one bad thing is that when you read it, the story finishes quickly and he could have added more details.
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on 2 September 2014
Should be good for using as a starting point for diary writing.
Lots of blood and gore for the boys, whilst sticking to the facts of Roman life. Humorous illustrations and the captivating style of Terry Deary produces another 'want to read more' book.
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on 9 June 2014
the book is amazing and discribes charecters amazingly . and good to read at any time.last thing is that the pictures are lovely.
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on 28 April 2016
Used for year 4 Romans. Think better suited for year 2/3. Quite short and nothing to get teeth into really.
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on 26 September 2015
Good
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on 13 May 2015
Thank you A****
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