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The Thieves of Ostia

(2001)
(The first book in the Roman Mysteries series)
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Flavia Gemina is brilliant at finding things, so it's natural for her to solve mysteries. The daughter of a ship's captain living in Ostia, the port of Rome, in AD79, she acquires a gang of three friends who help her. There is Jonathan, the Jewish boy (and secretly a Christian); Nubia, the African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy. Together they work out who severed the heads of the watchdogs that guard people's homes, and why he did it. Caroline Lawrence is a terrific storyteller and a delightfully readable and accessible writer with characters that children will relate to. Her picture of daily life in Ancient Rome is wonderfully vivid. But THE THIEVES OF OSTIA is first and foremost a whodunnit, with lots of twist and cliffhangers - and a mystery for the reader to solve.

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"I wish these novels had been around when I was a boy!" - Steven Saylor


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Used availability for Caroline Lawrence's The Thieves of Ostia

Hardback Editions

May 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Thieves Of Ostia (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Roman Mysteries (Prebound))
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 1-4176-2817-0 / 978-1-4176-2817-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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May 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia (Roman Mysteries (Prebound))
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-7569-5073-2 / 978-0-7569-5073-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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April 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries, Book I
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-7613-1582-9 / 978-0-7613-1582-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
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April 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries, Book I
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-7613-2602-2 / 978-0-7613-2602-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
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September 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia: Book 1
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 1-84255-079-9 / 978-1-84255-079-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2007 : UK Paperback

Title: The Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of OST
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 1-4056-6204-2 / 978-1-4056-6204-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Galaxy
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April 2006 : UK Paperback

Title: 01 The Thieves of Ostia
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 1-84255-560-X / 978-1-84255-560-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Childrens
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August 2004 : USA Paperback

Title: The Thieves Of Ostia (Roman Mysteries)
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-606-30779-6 / 978-0-606-30779-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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May 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia (Roman Mysteries)
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-14-240147-1 / 978-0-14-240147-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin Books
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December 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 1-84255-020-9 / 978-1-84255-020-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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Audio Editions

2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries Book 1 (Unabridged on 4 CDs)
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-307-58200-0 / 978-0-307-58200-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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July 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia: Roman Mysteries, Book 1
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
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July 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia: Roman Mysteries, Book 1
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2004 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Thieves of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-8072-2342-5 / 978-0-8072-2342-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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April 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries #1
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon   


April 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries #1
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
Publisher: Listening Library
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March 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries #1
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-8072-2341-7 / 978-0-8072-2341-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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February 2004 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia: Book 1
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence, Michael Praed
ISBN: 0-7528-6124-7 / 978-0-7528-6124-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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February 2004 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia: Book 1
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-7528-6125-5 / 978-0-7528-6125-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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November 2002 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Thieves of Ostia
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-7540-6581-2 / 978-0-7540-6581-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Children's Audio Books
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September 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia: Complete & Unabridged (The Roman Mysteries)
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
ISBN: 0-7540-6340-2 / 978-0-7540-6340-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Children's Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia: Book 1
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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December 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Thieves of Ostia: Book 1 (The Roman Mysteries)
Author(s): Caroline Lawrence
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU