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In this departure from our first person diaries, we leap into ancient times in a third person novel filled with action, adventure, and glory -- all the drama of life in ancient Rome.
Acclaimed author Barry Denenberg brings to life the intrigue of Roman politics and the bloody violence of the gladiator games in this story about ancient Rome.
Atticus, a young boy who has been torn from his family and home and sold as a slave to a Roman aristocrat, quickly learns that not all is as it seems in the republic of Rome. Politicians and greedy merchants plot against each other, and Atticus must do his best to protect his kindly master...and, in turn, the Emperor of Rome. Murder and lies fill his new life as a spy for Lucius Opimius.
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Reviewed with Barry Denenberg's Pandora of Athens, 399 B.C.
Gr. 4-8. These entries in the Life and Times series feature young adults facing difficulties in ancient times. In the first book, Atticus is captured by Roman soldiers and sold into slavery to an influential political figure in need of a spy. Atticus' skills help him to uncover a plot to murder the emperor and to reconnect with his father, a gladiator. In the second novel, Pandora, who chafes at the social restrictions placed on young women, meets Socrates, and, during his imprisonment, comes to appreciate his wisdom. Both novels are rich in setting details and dutifully describe a wide range of ancient customs--from clothing to personal hygiene. Occasionally, the details overwhelm the action, especially in Pandora, in which the protagonist must observe rather than participate in her own story because she is female. With short chapters and intriguing covers, however, these will be popular among students assigned historical novels or in classes in which history is taught through fiction. Caroline Lawrence's The Thieves of Ostia (2002) and its sequels provide an equally informative look at the period. Kay Weisman
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