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Roman Invasion: A British Boy, AD 84 (My Story: Boys)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Part of the million-selling MY STORY series that brings the past into the real world, giving it a truly human touch. It's AD 84 when Bran, a prince of the Carvetii tribe, is captured by the Romans. A legion of soldiers is marching east, to build a military road. It's hostile country, and Bran is to go with them as a hostage to ensure the legion's safety ... but no one is ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 2008 by Scholastic
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Hallie
May 09, 2014 Hallie rated it did not like it
This is a slightly-edited version of what I wrote on LJ when I read this book 5 years ago, having been delighted to stumble across it in a bookshop - the title made it very clear that we could expect a certain ideological slant. What we'd been finding, and what continued to hold true, is that books about Roman Britain written in the 1950s were generally pro-Roman (though Rosemary Sutcliff, at least, was pro in a very nuanced way), while those written in the 2000s tended to be decidedly ...more
Jess Zahra
Jun 22, 2016 Jess Zahra rated it really liked it
Reread in June 2015
4*. I thoroughly enjoyed this when I was about 9 years old and yet it was still enjoyable for a more mature reader. Where I find that some books in the "My Story" series simply state historical fact like a history lecturer and have no PLOT ( not mentioning any names *hem hem* Suffragette) this book had a bit of a sub plot with Simeon wanting his revenge which gave the reader some incentive to continue on.
However, I felt the characters and story were lacking charisma and in
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Matilda Rose
11 year old Bran is a British boy from the Brigantes tribe. When the Romans invade, he is taken prisoner. His mum and sister are held hostage, so if Bran steps out of line, they will be murdered. He sleeps in a tent with two other prisoners - Greek citizens. Bran feels safe with them, to talk and share secrets, since they're not exactly Romans.

But Bran has bigger problems - he has to observe the Roman ways. They build roads with drainage systems, long, straight roads, so they can always see ahe
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Molly
Nov 11, 2012 Molly added it
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Drayson
How would you feel if you were captured by the Romans and your mom and sister were killed? How would you feel if you were forced to work on building the road? Roman Invasion 84 AD is written by Jim Eldrige. The British prince (Brain) is captured by the Romans and has to work with Talos and Pentheus on building road. I recommend this book to anyone how likes war and traveling.
Rose Dawson
Feb 08, 2013 Rose Dawson rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenage, my-story
Ze série Můj příběh jsem přečetla snad všechny,co u nás vyšly.Tato se mi zas tak moc nelíbila,ale nebyla zas průměrná.Zřejmě to bude tím,že se mi líbí více z pohledu dívek.
Ramona
Mar 08, 2016 Ramona rated it really liked it
A great story for young children who want to be able to imagine what it was like to live through the times of the Roman invasion.
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Jim Eldridge is the author of many books for children, including titles in the My Story series, the Warpath books, and How to Handle Grown-Ups. He has had 250 TV scripts broadcast in the UK and internationally for children's and teen television, and is also the creator and writer of Radio 4's long-running comedy-drama series, King Street Junior.
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