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Lawrence, Caroline.
Brookfield, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 5.3
ISBN 0761326022
The year -- A.D. 79.  The place -- the Roman port city of Ostia.  The crime -- dog murder.  Yes, that's right.  Someone is murdering dogs in the area.  Young Flavia Gemina decides it is up to her to solve the crime.  The magistrates have no interest in this type of crime.  When Falvia's neighbor's dog is beheaded, she teams up with an unlikely group of children to discover who is doing this and why.  Her neighbor, Jonathan, is the son of a Jewish convert to Christianity who has moved to Flavia's neighborhood to escape the taunts of the Jewish community.  Nubia is an African slave who Flavia purchased.  And Lupus, an 8 year old beggar who has no family and no home.  An unlikely group of detectives but they are hot on the trail.  Who would do such a terrible thing?  And why?  Travel the streets of Ancient Ostia with our heroes and see if you can discover who the culprit is.
SUBJECTS:     Dogs -- Fiction.
                        Stealing -- Fiction.
                        Rome -- History -- Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D. -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.
                        Historical fiction.


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