Ancient Ocean Blues

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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 ...
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Overview

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 Cicero’s 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 Rome’s 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 today’s young adults.

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Praise for The Roman Conspiracy:
“Mitchell’s classical adventure rivals Caroline Lawrence’s “The Roman Mysteries” or Jane Yolen’s “Young Heroes” series . . . Fast-paced action, an authentic setting, and realistic characterization all work together to make this an exciting journey to the ancient world.” — School Library Journal

“. . . a marvelous tale with the forward drive of a chariot . . . The Roman Conspiracy should find a place alongside books by such esteemed writers as Rosemary Sutcliff and Geoffrey Trease.” — Bill Richardson, CBC Radio

The Roman Conspiracy is a good strong adventure story . . . with lots of action, [and] a likable hero . . .” — Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

Children's Literature - Melissa Zanot
Marcus Oppius is a young man who becomes involved with the election of Julius Caesar. Marcus tries to keep control of power out of the hands of Cierco with humor and corruption. As Marcus spends time on the sea, he encounters pirates, shipwrecks, and love. As Marcus and crew are on a ship to spy on an enemy, the boat is taken over by pirates and involved in a wreck. Everyone wonders if they will make it out alive. While I did not particularly enjoy this book because it seemed to use words that would be difficult for students, and the book seemed longer than necessary, I do see a use for the book. If a teacher was teaching a unit about Ancient Rome, this would be a great literature circle book. It could help students make even more sense of history. Reviewer: Melissa Zanot
School Library Journal

Gr 7-9

In this story set in ancient Rome, Marcus is asked to stop a young, idealistic soldier named Spurinna from reaching Pompey, who is at sea fighting pirates. Cicero has proposed that Spurinna and Pompey join forces and halt Caesar's rise to power. Marcus reluctantly goes, and finds himself stuck on a ship with Paulla, whom he dislikes even though his parents expect him to marry her, and she is interested in Spurinna. After a violent storm, their vessel is shipwrecked and the two, along with Spurinna's old secretary, Homer, are soon forced into slavery by an evil Spartan farmer. Once they manage to escape, they must contend with pirates, and later Greek men thirsty for vengeance. The writing in the opening part of the story is choppy, with little to no historical background, but once Marcus is at sea, the action steadies and flows smoothly. The characters are wonderfully drawn: Homer and Paulla are particularly engaging, and teenaged Marcus is a lovable, if bumbling, hero. While this appears to be a companion to Mitchell's The Roman Conspiracy (Tundra, 2005), readers need not have read that book to understand this one. If kids can wade through the first 30 pages, they will find themselves on a rollickingly good adventure.-Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887768323
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 322,554
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet 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.
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