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The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence


When I said in my last post that I don’t usually read kids books, I’d forgotten to mention the fact that I have recently read the first book in the Roman Mysteries series “The Thieves of Ostia” by Caroline Lawrence.

This has recently been made into a CBBC series (I haven’t seen it), and is very popular with a lot of children at the moment. There are currently about 14 books in the series, so I have a lot of catching up to do! Luckily a really kind and generous friend bought me the first 10 books in the series, so they are sat on my book shelf calling out to me to be read!

Anyway, the Thieves of Ostia is the first book, and is a kind of introduction to the 4 main characters in the series. There is also a mystery for the kids to solve (the main characters are children) as they get to know each other.

The story is based around the main charcter of Flavia – a girl who lives with her father in the Roman port of Ostia. The other three characters are a boy who moves next door to Flavia, a slave girl and a mute boy (I’m very interested to see how his character develops and how the writer handles a character with no dialogue).

The story has some gorey bit, some funny bits, some serious bits. But overall it’s a good mixture to keep you interested.

“Roman” things are explained well without being patronising (always a plus!) and the characters are suitably different to give a great mix. This is an easy read (for adults) and I didn’t have any problem picking it up again once I had put it down.

I would recommend this book, at least to give it a try. Though I do love the Victorian period best, this is a great and “different” time period.

Rating 8/10

1 comment March 2, 2008






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