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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. In Rome, in the year 79 A.D., a group of children from very different backgrounds work together to discover who beheaded a pet dog, and why.
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The place is Ostia, the port of Rome. Flavia Gemina, a Roman sea captain's daughter, is about to embark on a thrilling adventure. Set in a graveyard, marketplace, and courtyards of a Roman city, this fast-paced mystery paints a vivid picture of the life in ancient times.
When the dogs on Flavia's street start dying, she is determined to find out who is killing them--and why. Her investigation leads her to three extraordinary people: Jonathan, her new neighbor; Nubia, an African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy. They become firm friends as they search for the killer, narrowly escape being kidnapped by a slave dealer, and uncover a series of burglaries.
Caroline Lawrence is the author of seven books in the popular "Roman Mysteries" series. She lives in London, England.
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