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Kate Hovey’s Ancient Voices

These illustrated books of verse explore the timeless world of myth. “Elusive and evocative...will interest readers who have studied and enjoyed Greek mythology.” (School Library Journal)Ancient VoicesVoices of the Trojan WarArachne Speaks

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Percy Jackson & The Olympians
by Rick Riordan

When 12-year-old loser Perseus Jackson discovers he’s a demigod and the son of Poseidon, his adventures bring Greek myths crashing into the modern world. The series in order: The Lightning ThiefThe Sea of MonstersThe Titan’s Curse The Battle of the LabyrinthThe Last Olympian • Series guide: The Demigod Files • Riordan’s new series, featuring the Egyptian gods, begins with The Red Pyramid.

The Thieves of Ostia introduces Flavia Gemina, a Roman girl with a penchant for solving mysteries, and her friends — Jonathan, a Jewish boy next door; Lupus, a mute beggar; and Nubia, an African slave girl. The four friends continue their crime-solving exploits in The Secrets of VesuviusThe Pirates of PompeiiAssassins of RomeDolphins of LaurentumThe Twelve Tasks of Flavia GeminaThe Enemies of JupiterThe Gladiators From CapuaThe Colossus of RhodesThe Fugitive From Corinth, The Sirens of SurrentumThe Charioteer of DelphiThe Slave Girl From JerusalemThe Beggar of VolubilisThe Scribes From AlexandriaThe Prophet from EphesusThe Man from Pomegranate StreetLawence’s collection of short stories in the series, Trimalchio’s Feast, is dedicated to Steven Saylor.

Famous Men of Greece & Rome
by John H. Haaren & A.B. Poland

Two classic collections of tales introduce younger readers to the towering figures of Antiquity. Famous Men of Greece includes Ulysses, Pericles, Alexander, Aristotle, and many others. Famous Men of Rome includes Horatius, Coriolanus, Cicero, Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, and more.

Spartapuss Tales by Robin Price

For readers 9-12: I Am Spartapuss, a fanciful tale chockful of wordplay set in Rome, AD 36, in which our feline hero runs afoul of the emperor Catigula and ends up a gladiator. Catigula features a psychic mouse (the Moracle) and a magical Fleagytian coin. In Die, Clawdius, an unlikely emperor plans to invade the Kitons (i.e, Britons).

Popular fantasy author Roberts weaves magic with history; each volume is a self-contained novel centered around one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

In The Great Pyramid Robbery, Senu and his mischievous ka, Red, take on the ruler of the Two Lands. In The Babylon Game, Tia finds dragons in the hanging gardens and challenges the King of Persia. In The Amazon Temple Quest, a young female warrior must uncover the secrets of the Temple of Artemis. In The Mausoleum Murder, the son of a slain sculptor confronts Alexander the Great and the mysteries of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Sorcery, plotting, poison and a power struggle at the Olympic Games provide the backdrop for The Olympic Conspiracy. An ancient race of sea creatures surface when the giant statue that guards the harbor of Rhodes is thrown down by an earthquake in The Colossus Crisis. A young lighthouse keeper in Alexandria becomes involved in the intrigues of Julius Caesar in The Cleopatra Curse.

Also by Katherine Roberts:
I Am the Great Horse, the story of Alexander the Great as told by his famous steed, Bucephalos.

Tales Spun by Stephanie Spinner

For young adults: Quicksilver, in which Hermes, also known as Mercury, puts on his winged sandals and narrates a fast-paced journey through ancient Greek mythology. In Quiver we meet Atalanta, the swiftest of mortals. Illustrated books for readers age 4-8: Monster in a Maze: The Story of the Minotaur and Snake Hair: The Story of Medusa.

Novels by Paul L. Anderson

These classic novels for young adults, first published in the 1930s, are available again!

In A Slave of Catiline, a young slave is confronted by the conspiracy of his master Catiline (the subject of Steven’s novel Catilina’s Riddle.) In Swords in the North, Gaius, a young Roman aristocrat in Caesar’s Tenth Legion, takes part in the invasion of Britain, is captured, and designated for sacrifice by the Druids; only a British princess can save him. In With the Eagles, Roman army life and Caesar’s conquest of Gaul are seen through the eyes of a young legionary soldier. In Pugnax the Gladiator, Dumnorix the Aeduan, sold into slavery and given the Roman name of Pugnax, becomes a gladiator at Rome and encounters undreamed of adventures. For Freedom and for Gaul is a stirring novel of Vercingertorix, defender of the Gauls against Caesar’s invasion.

NOVELS OF ROMAN BRITAIN & HOMER’S GREECE by Rosemary Sutcliff Originally marketed to younger readers, Sutcliff’s books have become beloved classics of the historical genre.

Her stories set in ancient Roman Britain include The Mark of the Horse Lord, the story of a gladiator who impersonates a king •
the million-copy bestseller The Eagle of the Ninth (available on audio cd) and its sequel The Silver BranchThe Outcast, about a Roman boy brought up by a British tribe • The Lantern Bearers, set in post-Roman Britain, and its sequel, Sword at Sunset, the tale of King Arthur’s rise.

Sutcliff also retold the tales of Homer in
Black Ships Before Troy and The Wanderings of Odysseus.

ANCIENT WORLD NOVELS by Nikos Kazantzakis The world-famous author of Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ also wrote novels for younger readers, including Alexander the Great, a view of the conqueror as seen through the eyes of a young boy in the Macedonian court, and At the Palaces of Knossos, the stirring tale of Theseus, Ariadne, and the Minotaur.
BY CLEMENCE McLAREN: Aphrodite’s Blessing: Love Stories from the Greek Myths brings to life three heroines, Atalanta, Andromeda and Psyche, and shows how each obtains a worthy mate. Inside the Walls of Troy is the tale of the Trojan War as seen through the eyes of the beautiful Helen and the tragic Cassandra. Waiting for Odysseus is told from the point of view of the four women most central to the tale of Odysseus.

ROMAN SCHOOLBOY MYSTERIES by Henry Winterfeld First published in Germany in the 1950s and ’60s, Winterfeld’s books feature humor, history, and hair-breadth escapes. In Detectives in Togas, the boys find their teacher bound and a friend blamed for defacing a temple, but there’s more to the case than meets the eye. In Mystery of the Roman Ransom, the boys track down a murder plot. Both books have delightful illustrations. Ages 9 and up.

NOVELS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD by G.A. Henty These handsomely illustrated classics span the length and breadth of the ancient world. In The Young Carthaginian, a young noble follows Hannibal in his campaigns against Rome. In Beric the Briton, a boy-chief is captured by invading Romans and taken to Nero’s Rome. For ages 9-12. Also by Henty: For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem and The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt.

THE FIRES OF ARES by Michael Ford A mysterious pendant changes the destiny of a young slave and sets him on the path to become a Spartan warrior. Followed by Birth of a Warrior and Legacy of Blood. SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD by Mary Hoffman Callimachus, librarian at Alexandria, travels to the wonders with his young servant Philip in this picture book for ages 4-8.
THE LAST GIRLS OF POMPEII by Kathryn Lasky Julia, a girl with a withered arm, and her beautiful slave Mitka both face fateful choices in the shadow of Vesuvius. GETORIX: THE EAGLE AND THE BULL by Judith Geary At 15, Getorix faces death as a captive in a Roman triumph, but the gods pose a different challenge when his life is spared and a young Roman befriends him.
GALEN: MY LIFE IN IMPERIAL ROME by Marissa Moss Jottings and drawings by a 12-year-old working alongside his father, an artist in the home of Augustus. SPEND THE DAY IN ANCIENT ROME by Honan & Kosmer includes projects and activities, from draping a toga to preparing a Roman feast. Ages 8-12.
SIRENA by Donna Jo Napoli A young siren vows to overcome the curse that forces her kind into a life of deadly deceit. LOST IN THE LABYRINTH by Patrice Kindl A cloak-&-dagger retelling of the story of Ariadne, Theseus and the deadly Minotaur.

THE IDES OF APRIL by Mary Ray When a senator is murdered, all the slaves will die unless 17-year-old Hylas finds the killer. A whodunnit set in the reign of Nero. Sequel: Beyond the Desert Gate.

CLEOPATRA VII: THE ROYAL DIARIES by Kristiana Gregory This novel in the form of a diary gets high marks from readers age 9-12, as young Cleopatra journeys to Rome to meet the men who’ll shape her destiny.

A PLACE IN THE SUN by Jill Rubalcaba An attack by a deadly cobra sends a stonecutter’s son on a journey of tribulation and triumph in the Egypt of Ramses II.

THE WADJET EYE by Jill Rubalcaba In 45 B.C., young Damon travels from Alexandria to Spain, encountering warfare and shipwreck and meeting Cleopatra, Cicero and Caesar. An action-packed book for readers 9-12.

THE ARKADIANS by Lloyd Alexander The award-winning author of the Prydain Chronicles explores the world of Greek myth in this lively tale of a poor clerk and a talking donkey on a heroic quest.

IN SEARCH OF A HOMELAND by Penelope Lively Ian Andrew illustrates this masterful and gripping retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid for readers age 9 and up.

TROY by Adele Geras An ambitious 350-page epic transforms the triumphs and tragedies of Homer’s Iliad into a fascinating novel for young adults. An Best of 2001 selection.

ITHAKA by Adele Geras The story of Penelope, wife of Odysseus, seen through the eyes of her servant girl.

THE COURTESAN’S DAUGHTER by Priscilla Galloway A young woman reaches marital age in Athens at a critical juncture in the city’s history. Also by Galloway: Daedalus and the Minotaur. GODDESS OF YESTERDAY by Caroline B. Cooney The prelude to the Trojan War is seen afresh through the eyes of a young princess, Anaxander.
THE TIME-TRAVELLING CAT & THE ROMAN EAGLE by Julia Jarman A boy and his cat visit Roman Britain in 79 AD. A previous volume in this Young Adult series took them to ancient Egypt.

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