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Fifth title in this unique fiction series Ancient Rome a hot favourite among children Authentic detail perfect for KS1 + 2, National Curriculum Great storytelling combined with authentic historical detail Appealing theme of four friends Inspiration for the major BBC TV series Over 900,000 copies sold since publication in September 2001 Rights sold in 17 territories
Caroline Lawrence is American. She 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. She is a brilliant speaker, extremely active in promoting her books in schools and at book events all over the country, and through her website is corresponding with fans round the world.
Gr 4-6-In this fifth entry in the series, Flavia Gemina's family faces ruin after her father's trading ship is wrecked. She and her friends Lupus, Nubia, and Jonathan are suspicious when creditors show up trying to seize the house soon after the sea captain arrives home, barely alive, with news of the disaster. They have only a day to find enough money to pay the debt. In the forum, Lupus unexpectedly sees Venalicius, the slave-dealer who killed his parents and cut out his tongue. Hoping for revenge, the boy tries to hire an assassin, but discovers that to do so will require a large sum. The friends, along with Flavia's father, take refuge at a country estate where they learn of a sunken treasure ship in the dangerous waters nearby. Lupus claims to be an experienced diver and informs the others that he can retrieve the submerged cargo. However, Venalicius is after the treasure, too-and has his own reasons for attempting the perilous dive. The taut mystery is cleverly plotted, with good clues scattered throughout. There are many interesting and authentic details of early Roman life as well. Familiarity with the earlier volumes is helpful, but not essential. A good choice for mystery fans who enjoy historical settings.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"The Dolphins of Laurentum will delight your children...An enjoyable and educational book" Evening News (Norwich), 15 August 2003 "Ditch those old famous five books (yes, I loved them too) and read this far superior version instead." Bournemouth Daily Echo, 27 September 2003