The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence
(Roman Mystery #1)

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The first in Caroline Lawrence's internationally bestselling Roman Mysteries series, re-issued with a fantastic new cover look.

Flavia Gemina is a natural at solving mysteries. The daughter of a ship's captain living in Ostia, the port of Rome, in AD79, she and her three friends, Jonathan, a Jewish boy (and secretly a Christian); Nubia, an African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy, must work together to discover who is beheading the watchdogs that guard people's homes, and why.
A talented storyteller, Caroline Lawrence has created a delightfully readable and accessible series that children will want to read time and time again.

About Caroline Lawrence

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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 lives with her husband, a graphic designer, by the river in London and is active as a speaker in schools and at book festivals.
Published December 9, 2010 by Orion Children's. 164 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Action & Adventure, Young Adult. Fiction

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This lively group takes it upon themselves to find out who has been beheading household dogs, and they fasten upon a man unhinged by the death of his daughter from a rabid dog bite.

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When the guard dog belonging to Flavia's secretly Christian neighbors is slaughtered, Flavia sets out to find clues.

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