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The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina


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Over 900,000 copies sold so far! A unique concept that is immensely popular with children. Authentic detail and great storytelling. Series now sold in 17 territories. Great for schools - the Romans are Key Stages 1 and 2. Inspiration for the prime time BBC TV series.

About the Author

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 5-8-In this sixth book in the series, Flavia Gemina has marriage on her mind. Her friend Jonathan's sister celebrates her betrothal to Flavia's uncle, her father announces his intention to find a suitable husband for her, and, worst of all, he becomes enthralled by a new woman in town. Flavia convinces her friends that Cartilia must be a witch causing changes in her father's behavior, and when Hercules comes to her in a dream, she knows she must solve the mystery of who Cartilia is and how she has bewitched her father. This is a mixed bag of a book. While Lawrence does an excellent job of re-creating the customs and daily life of ancient Rome, the mystery is a bit thin. Cartilia's intrusion and integration into Flavia's family is abrupt, and the girl's dislike of her is extremely modern. A bigger issue comes with the fact that Lawrence writes with the assumption of familiarity with her characters. However, if readers are willing to suspend a bit of disbelief and figure out the relationships among the people, they will be in for a treat. The glimpses of life from another time are fascinating, and the story moves quickly enough to keep interest going.-Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"The unravelling of the mystery is thrilling and is underpinned by a huge bank of information on the ancient world. An exciting and informative read." Teaching & Learning Magazine, 1 Mar 04

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