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Book Title: The Roman Quests: Escape from Rome
Author: Caroline Lawrence
Publisher: Orion Children’s
Publication Date: May 2016
Suitable For: Years 5/6
The first of Caroline Lawrence’s four Roman Quests, Escape from Rome is a completely gripping adventure filled with danger, excitement and some really gritty themes to get stuck into.
Taking his siblings with him, twelve-year-old Juba is forced to flee the Emperor Domitian in Rome and set off on a journey to find his uncle in Britannia (the edge of the known world). Uncertain who to trust, Juba’s leadership skills are tested as he uncovers a sinister secret about his uncle’s lifestyle, requiring Juba to act like his hero Aeneas and make some difficult but important decisions.
Steeped in interesting historical details and covering challenging themes including slavery and immigration, this story is abundantly thrilling from the very first page and we highly recommend it for Upper Key Stage 2.
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