Roman Carnival by Serafim Gascoigne

THE DISCOVERY of an ancient Temple of Mithras causes great excitement among the residents of Ladbroke Square, London.  At the suggestion of the curator of the British Museum, the residents decide to hold a Roman Carnival, complete with fancy dress, refreshments, tours and speeches.  However, unknown to the large crowd gathered for the Carnival there are ‘Ravens’, Roman assassins from 65 AD. It is full of interesting facts about life in AD 65, what they wore and what they ate – dormice dipped in honey.  It helps children to be aware of how a passion can lead to obsession.  The underlying metaphysic is that we inherit not only the physical characteristics of our parents, but a part of their spirit too.  This is a surprise element in the story.

Roman Carnival is an exciting read for parents and teens.