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Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry…

Mystery of the Roman Ransom (original 1959; edition 2002)

by Henry Winterfeld (Author), Fritz Biermann (Illustrator), Edith McCormick (Translator)

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Title:Mystery of the Roman Ransom
Authors:Henry Winterfeld (Author)
Other authors:Fritz Biermann (Illustrator), Edith McCormick (Translator)
Info:Hmh Books for Young Readers (2002), Edition: First, 230 pages
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Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfeld (1959)



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This one is a mystery in the sense that "Scooby Doo" is a mystery. You need some sort of plot in which to intertwine the jokes. Set in ancient Rome, "Mysteryof the Roman Ransom" tells the story of seven boys--all classmates and sons of famous senators. They buy a slave, Udo, as a birthday gift for their tutor and it turns out that Udo was unwittingly involved in a plot to murder one of the boys' fathers. But which father is threatened and how will they save him? The book plays out like a good sitcom with lovable characters and amusing twists to the story. 'Tis definitely worth checking out.
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  Hamburgerclan | Mar 10, 2006 |
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[intro] In these two delightful history-mysteries, seven boys in Ancient Rome solve strange crimes . . . thanks to some help from their cranky teacher, a little bit of logic, and a lot of amusing misadventure.

It seems the boys can get nothing right: Their teacher's fiftieth birthday is long past (they should have done their math homework); the servant they bought as a present for his birthday isn't just your run-of-the-mill Gaul slave but a courier running for his life; and, to top it all off, the message he's carrying requests the assassination of a Roman senator--the father of one of the boys.

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The purchase of a slave for their teacher leads a group of schoolboys in ancient Rome into a dangerous intrigue.

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