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The Fatal Fire (Terry Deary's Roman Tales)

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AD 64. Rome is a frightening place. But little does Christian slave girl Mary realise the dangers that await her when she accompanies her master to the city. It is the day of the chariot races and Mary finds herself the only witness to a terrible crime.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by A. & C. Black (first published 2008)
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Ciaran Mcnamee
The Fatal Fire is a fictionalised account of the burning of Rome. It is told from the perspective of Mary, a Christian Roman slave girl. I read this book with my year 3 class. It helped the children appreciate the different roles within Roman society and helped them to expand their vocabulary by prompting them to use "Roman" words. The high-points of the story are the section prior to the fire and its immediate aftermath. Both my class and i felt that the conclusion to the story was a bit of a l ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brief fictional account for older children, on the burning of Rome and Nero. I do like the inclusion of historical fact summary at the end of these tales. It includes the controversy as to whether Nero was to blame or not, for the fire, and is so, why.
I listened to this on audiobook.
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One of the best in the Romans series.
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A former actor, theatre-director and drama teacher, Deary says he began writing when he was 29. Most famously, he is one of the authors of the Horrible Histories series of books popular among children for their disgusting details, gory information and humorous pictures and among adults for getting children interested in history. Books in the series have been widely translated into other languages ...more
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