Mystery of the Roman Ransom

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Seven toga'd sleuths uncover wit and mystery in Ancient Rome

[intro] In these two delightful history-mysteries, seven boys in Ancient Rome solve strange crimes . . . thanks to some help from their cranky teacher, a little bit of logic, and a lot of amusing misadventure.

It seems the boys can get nothing right: Their teacher's fiftieth birthday is long past (they should have done their math homework); the ...

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Overview

Seven toga'd sleuths uncover wit and mystery in Ancient Rome

[intro] In these two delightful history-mysteries, seven boys in Ancient Rome solve strange crimes . . . thanks to some help from their cranky teacher, a little bit of logic, and a lot of amusing misadventure.

It seems the boys can get nothing right: Their teacher's fiftieth birthday is long past (they should have done their math homework); the servant they bought as a present for his birthday isn't just your run-of-the-mill Gaul slave but a courier running for his life; and, to top it all off, the message he's carrying requests the assassination of a Roman senator—the father of one of the boys.

Author Biography: Henry Winterfeld (1901-1990) was born in Germany. He began writing for children in 1933 when he wrote Trouble at Timpetill to entertain his son, who was sick with scarlet fever. Since then he has written a number of children's books which have been published around the world.

The purchase of a slave for their teacher leads a group of schoolboys in ancient Rome into a dangerous intrigue.

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"For those of you who enjoyed the delightful and witty Detectives in Togas: those seven irrepressible young detectives are back again. . . . Glorious fun abounds on each page, making this a most welcome sequel indeed."—Publishers Weekly
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A quartet of novels by German author Henry Winterfeld comes to light once more. Detectives in Togas (1956), illus. by Charlotte Kleinert, trans. by Richard and Clara Winston, is set in ancient Rome and stars young Rufus, guilty of insulting his classmate Caius, but not of all the other crimes attributed to him; it's up to his friends to track down the truth. In the sequel, Mystery of the Roman Ransom (1971), illus. by Fritz Biermann, trans. by Edith McCormick, Rufus and company present their teacher with a servant on his birthday but, as it turns out, the man is really a courier with a message requesting the murder of one boy's father, a Roman senator. PW called Detectives "delightful and witty" and said of Mystery, "Glorious fun abounds on each page, making this a most welcome sequel indeed." Castaways in Lilliput (1960) and Trouble at Timpetill (1965), both illus. by William M. Hutchinson and trans. by Kyrill Schabert, star friends Jim, Peggy and Ralph. In the first, the three are relieved when they drift ashore on a tiny island after hours at sea on a rubber raft, and soon discover the miniature people who live there. How can the islanders possibly help the trio get back home? In Trouble, the children of Timpetill are so bad that the adults skip town. It's fun at first, but it gets a lot harder when they have to fight the gang that started the trouble. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152162689
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1st Harcourt Young Classics Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 243,349
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 5.02 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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HENRY WINTERFELD (1901-1990) was born in Germany. He began writing for children in 1933, when he wrote Trouble at Timpetill to entertain his son, who was sick with scarlet fever. He went on to write a number of children's books, which have been published around the world.
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