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Shortlisted for the 2009 Canadian Children's Literature Award, The Ancient Ocean Blues sets a new standard in historical fiction for the young reader. Witty, humorous, and absolutely riveting, you'll not regret picking up this book. A definite must-read. Recommended for readers in grades seven through nine.
Recommended by Sheila N., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Anyone who thinks ancient history is dry will think again after dipping into these ocean blues. Here, political corruption, intrigue, high-seas adventure, romance, and comedy are all presented in abundance by the likable Marcus Oppius Sabinus, a teenager with a very contemporary attitude. Marcus is unwittingly involved by his cousin in “promoting” the ambitious young Julius Caesar in an upcoming Roman election. When Marcus proves to be even better at bribery than his cousin had hoped, he is assigned a difficult and dangerous mission. He must spy on, and undermine, those who would support Ciceros control of Rome, so that Julius Caesar can continue his power grab. The mission carries its rewards and risks. If Marcus succeeds, he will be on the inner circles of Romes elite. If he fails, he faces exile — or worse. Given very little choice but to accept his assignment, Marcus travels to Greece, but not before he is sidelined by shipwreck, enslavement, and pirate attack. Oh, yes, and the beginnings of love.

Beautifully researched and fast-paced, The Ancient Ocean Blues is a solid story that is sure to stand the test of time and put historical fiction in a whole new light for todays young adults.

About the Author

Tundra author Jack Mitchell was born in New Brunswick and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. At the age of fourteen, his admiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings prompted him to take Latin in high school. He has been interested in Roman history ever since. He studied Classics at McGill University and holds a Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University, where he wrote his first novel, The Roman Conspiracy. Jack Mitchell lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780887768323
Author:
Mitchell, Jack
Publisher:
Tundra Books (NY)
Subject:
Historical - Ancient Civilizations
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Ancient Civilizations
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 8
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
7.58x5.18x.41 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
10-13

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Shortlisted for the 2009 Canadian Children's Literature Award, The Ancient Ocean Blues sets a new standard in historical fiction for the young reader. Witty, humorous, and absolutely riveting, you'll not regret picking up this book. A definite must-read. Recommended for readers in grades seven through nine.

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