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The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence
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Jul 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: christianity, italy, mystery, rome, slavery, ancient-rome, theft, historical-fiction, animals, k-6, books-for-reluctant-boys

I read this for a kids' book club, and found it very charming. The four main characters are individuals and interesting, and they really do solve mysteries on their own, without adults sweeping in to save the day. The mysteries themselves are simple and show kids the traditional literary detective models, but the book really shines in its portrayal of ancient Rome. There were several times I was surprised at some of the details included for kids (so I probably wouldn't let anyone too young read them), but the author has a strong academic background and did a great job keeping important aspects of Roman life in tact for the books. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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