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I have a friends searching for some historical fiction to share with her 12yo son.  They are looking for something that deals with the Romans or Egyptians or anything around the 1 A.D. time period.  Does anyone have any recommendations? 
#1 - May 04, 2011, 01:06 PM

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Rosemary Sutcliff!!!! Has a bunch of roman and roman-in-britain novels that are EXCELLENT.

Many of them are out of print, but not all, and she's usually fairly well represented in libraries still.

And all those I've read (and love) have male protags.
#2 - May 04, 2011, 01:49 PM
The Farwalker Trilogy
The Humming of Numbers
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Definitely check out the Theodosia series by R.L. LaFevers-- turn of the century 11 yr old Theo is the daughter of museum curators and a budding Egyptologist herself with a flare for detecting ancient curses.  The first book is called THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS, and I think the series is 4 books long now.  Great historical fiction, fun adventure, fast-paced, and Theo's voice is really fun.   Even though the MC is a girl, I think a boy would get into it.  My friends' 5-year old son loves the series (his parents are doing them as read-alouds to him).   

#3 - May 04, 2011, 03:28 PM

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It hasn't been updated in a while, but check out the Ancient Egypt in Fiction list of YA/MG titles:
#4 - May 04, 2011, 04:08 PM

I just picked up The Last Girls of Pompeii by Kathryn Lasky for my 10 year old and she loved it. I haven't read it, though.
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Ooh!  Detectives in Togas and Mystery of the Roman Ransom, by Henry Winterfeld--oldies but goodies!  And they're boy books, to boot!
#6 - May 04, 2011, 05:19 PM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)

Thank you, everyone!  I'll pass these on to my friend.  She'll be thrilled!
#7 - May 05, 2011, 07:16 AM


My writer friend, Vicky Alvear Shecter has two MG books, ALEXANDER THE GREAT ROCKS THE WORLD and CLEOPATRA RULES! Both are fun and humorous while sharing interesting historical facts.

She also has a forthcoming YA historical novel, CLEOPATRA'S MOON coming out this summer.

You can check out information on her books here:
#8 - May 05, 2011, 07:47 AM

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The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
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Steven Saylor's Gordianus the Finder books. They're adult, but passable for a precocious 12 year old.
#10 - October 16, 2011, 04:43 PM

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Jumping in late -- I have an Egyptian novel, The Eyes of Pharaoh:

The Eyes of Pharaoh, 1177 BC: During the reign of Pharaoh Ramses the Third, Seshta, a 13-year-old dancer in the Temple of Hathor, dreams of becoming a famous entertainer. Horus, the brother of her heart, is content as a toymaker’s apprentice. Reya, at 16, has joined Egypt’s army with hopes of becoming a hero. Despite their different paths, nothing can break the bonds of their friendship.

When Reya hints that Egypt is in danger from foreign nomads, Seshta and Horus don’t take him seriously. How could anyone challenge Egypt?

Then Reya disappears. Seshta and Horus set out to find him—and discover a darker plot than they ever imagined. To save their friend, Seshta and Horus spy on merchants, soldiers, and royalty, and start to suspect even The Eyes of Pharaoh, the powerful head of the secret police. Will Seshta and Horus escape the traps set for them, rescue Reya, and stop the plot against Egypt in time?

Set in ancient Egypt, the ideas in this book echo in the international politics of today, while the power of friendship will touch hearts both young and old. Suitable for ages 9 and up.

First chapter:

I also have lots of links on my "reading list" page -- scroll down to link to historical novel sites:
#11 - June 27, 2012, 03:42 PM
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The Eyes of Pharaoh: a mystery in ancient Egypt
The Well of Sacrifice: a Mayan adventure

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Another older book (which I loved as a child) is Cat in the Mirror about a modern-day girl (who's around 11/12/13?) who travels back in time to Egypt.  It's by one of my favorite authors, as well:  Mary Stolz.
#12 - June 27, 2012, 03:46 PM
Unspun: A Collection of Tattered Fairy Tales:


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