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The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina (The Roman Mysteries #6)

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A mysterious widow pursues Flavia's father and a lion terrorizes the streets of Ostia in the sixth "Roman Mysteries" adventure.

December, A.D. 79. It is the month of the Saturnalia, a festival when people do as they please, and anything can happen. When a Roman widow, Cartilia Poplica, shows unusual interest in Flavia's father, Captain Geminus, Flavia decides she must find
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Roaring Brook Press (first published June 1st 2003)
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Ähnlich wie bei Harry Potter ist ab diesem Band langsam schluss mit lustig. Caroline Lawrence schreckt nicht davor zurück auch liegbgewonnene Charaktäre zu töten, wenn es im Plot passt. Auch Hauptfiguren kann ein schwerer Schicksalschlag treffen. Es wird immer besser und wird immer spannender. Dieser Band endet mit einem sehr gemeinen Cliffhänger.

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um den 13 bis 15./21. Februar 80 n. Chr.

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In diesem Band erfahren wir, dass
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Eric Zulueta
This novel marks a milestone for this series - in the sense that Flavia (the main heroine from among the ensemble characters) matures from a child - with the attendant stubborn fixed worldview - to an adult who is able to take life's trials and move on (with the help of her friends, of course!)..

The ending is more poignant and heart-felt because of the death of an important character..
Jul 11, 2013 Leah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Older Children/Teens into Mysteries
Recommended to Leah by: The previous novels made me want to buy more
Being mainly about my least favourite character and her being annoyed that her father has a possible love interest, I found this one rather hard to get through.

I had begun to like Flavia again, but this one made her seem brat-like and childish again. I disliked her over-reaction to Cartilia, and if she hadn't kept trying to find out secrets, Marcus would have married her and she would have had a mother, which she realised she wanted by the end of the novel. It just frustrated me.

To be fair to th
Mrs. Roy
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I liked the book because I like mystery stories and historical fiction, Caroline Lawrence has combined the two perfectly. I also like it because of the description Caroline uses.
Laura Bang
Some good (albeit harsh) character development for Flavia -- hopefully it sticks in later books.... The ending was rather shocking and very rushed.
The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina was a great book. It was another mystery set in ancient Rome, but this time in a festive season. I liked how the main character, Flavia Gemina, embarked on the journey of Hercules, to find her clues. Since it was much harder to do what Hercules did, they modified, just to meet someone and pick up a clue. After finding 12 clues, they solved the mystery, and I was able to too! I really liked the significance of family values that was demonstrated in this book. The ...more
My first foray into The Roman Mysteries. The location adds a nice differentiation from the usual formula of children's adventure stories. In a more modern twist, there is an element of romantic infatuation which is interesting to bring into the 10 year old readership age group.
Georgina Ortiz
Five stars because the author was brave enough to make "shocking" character decisions [considering that this is a children's (or does it qualify as YA?) book]. And I learned more Greek myths. And the origin of the Tarantella (interesting and relevant to the book's theme!). On to The Enemies of Jupiter!
Vicki Cline
Flavia is suspicious of a new woman her father's shown an interest in. She and her friends investigate, and help round up some animals who have escaped from a traveling circus. The twelve tasks are related to similar ones Hercules had to perform.
Rachel S.
In this SWEET! book Flavia's father is acting all weird all the suden and she thinks its becouse of the lady who her father wants to merrie!
in this book Flavia has to pass 12 tasks to find out what is realy going on!
The characters continue to develop in interesting ways. Flavia Gemina's determination to somehow keep things the same in the face of potential life changes is very realistic.
Very interesting, quite a mystery. I had no idea what was going on with Cartila. Best one yet!

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Im always game to learn something new, and this book gives you an opportunity to live and breathe rome...
really good book.
A little confusing.
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Caroline Lawrence won a scholarship to Cambridge to read Classical Archaeology, then did a degree in Hebrew and Jewish studies at University College London. She now lives in London with her English husband and teaches Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Art and French to children.

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