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The Gladiators from Capua (2005)

by Caroline Lawrence

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Picking up from the cliffhanger at the end of the previous book, Flavia, Nubia, and Lupus go to Rome to look for Jonathan and see the games and shows for the opening of the Colosseum.

After a moving Bahloo moment in the first scroll, we get plenty of thrills as Flavia and Nubia end up participating in the games, and Nubia gets to meet her long lost brother. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 28, 2009 |
This series is a wonderful introduction to Ancient Rome, warts and all. This book is the most gruesome yet, with a recounting of Titus' games of 80AD. In this book the children from Ostia are missing Jonathan, who is presumed dead after the fire in Rome, but Lupus hears of a curly haired boy beggar boy in Rome who claims to have stated the fire, and thinking this just might be their friend, the children set off once again to investigate the mystery.

Full of rich historical detail, this book is also an enthralling story. Children of about 8+ will love it, but parents be warned - there is some gruesome (if entirely authentic) stuff here. Think "horrible histories" but with a better storyline! ( )
  sirfurboy | Jul 15, 2009 |
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Using the opening of the Colosseum as a pretence to visit Rome, Flavia, Nubia and Lupus go off in search of their friend Jonathan. Unfortunately, their search leads them straight into the games that mark the opening of the amphitheatre, where they must battle wild beasts, criminals, conspirators and gladiators.… (more)

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