Season 6 - Episodes 5 & 6 - An Ancient Roman Adventure

An Ancient Roman Adventure

An Ancient Roman Adventure: Part 1  is sponsored by Scholastic.

An Ancient Roman Adventure: Part 2  is sponsored by Sourcebooks.

Lauren and the Reading Bug adventure way, way back in time to visit ancient Rome, where they find themselves face-to-face with a fierce gladiator, and seeking the help of the Roman gods. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse... they do!

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Books Mentioned in this Podcast

Fiction: 
See You Later, Gladiator #9 (Time Warp Trio #9) By Jon Scieszka, Adam McCauley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Adam McCauley (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780142401170
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Published: Puffin Books - April 26th, 2004

Everyone’s favorite time-travelers are changing their styles! The Time Warp Trio series now features a brand-new, eye-catching design, sure to appeal to longtime fans, and those new to Jon Scieszka’s wacky brand of humor.


Danger in Ancient Rome (Ranger in Time #2) By Kate Messner, Kelley McMorris (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate Messner, Kelley McMorris (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545639170
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 30th, 2015

Ranger is a golden retriever who has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog. In this adventure, Ranger travels to the Colosseum in ancient Rome, where there are gladiator fights and wild animal hunts! Ranger befriends Marcus, a young boy Ranger saves from a runaway lion, and Quintus, a new volunteer gladiator who must prove himself in the arena. Can Ranger help Marcus and Quintus escape the brutal world of the Colosseum?


Roman Myths (Volume One) By Fiona MacDonald Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781912904785
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Published: Scribblers - March 3rd, 2020

Filled with excitement and adventure, stunningly illustrated, and retold in simple language, these timeless legends will instill in children a love for reading, the power of the imagination, and a glorious past. Enter the world of Ancient Rome through the magic of storytelling Follow Aeneas's journey from the fallen city of Troy to the new kingdom of Rome, see how Hercules defeated a fire-breathing cannibal, and find out about Romulus and Remus, the wolf twins who founded Rome. Eight extraordinary stories.


Roman Myths (Volume Two) By Fiona MacDonald Cover Image
$12.95
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ISBN: 9781912904839
Published: Scribblers - March 3rd, 2020

How did the hunter Orion become a constellation? How was Lara, the water spirit, punished for being too loose-lipped? What happened to Mercury and Jupiter when they came down to earth disguised as humans? This second volume of Roman myths explores everything from the kidnapping of the Sabine women to how the city was saved by geese during a surprise attack by the Gauls.


Non-Fiction: 
The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome: A Handbook for Time Travelers (The Thrifty Guides #1) By Jonathan W. Stokes, David Sossella (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
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ISBN: 9781101998106
Published: Puffin Books - August 20th, 2019

If you had a time travel machine and could take a vacation anywhere in history, this is the only guidebook you would need!

The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome contains information vital to the sensible time traveler: Where can I find a decent hotel room in ancient Rome for under five sesterces a day? Is horse parking included? What do I do if I’m attacked by barbarians? What are my legal options if I’m fed to the lions at the Colosseum?


What Was Pompeii? (What Was?) By Jim O'Connor, Who HQ, John Hinderliter (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jim O'Connor, Who HQ, John Hinderliter (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780448479071
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Published: Penguin Workshop - March 13th, 2014

The morning of August 24, AD 79, seemed like any other in the Roman city of Pompeii. So no one was prepared when the nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, spouting ash that buried the city and its inhabitants. The disaster left thousands dead, and Pompeii was no more than a memory for almost 1,700 years. In 1748, explorers rediscovered the port city with intact buildings and beautiful mosaics. This easy-to-read account is gripping and includes photos of the ruins.


Ancient Rome and Pompeii: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House (R) Fact Tracker #14) By Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375832208
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 25th, 2006

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano, they had lots of questions. How did ancient Rome become an emipre? Where did ancient Romans go for fun? What happened to the Roman town of Pompeii? What have we learned from it? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.


50 Things You Didn't Know about Ancient Rome By Sean O'Neill, Sean O'Neill (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sean O'Neill, Sean O'Neill (Illustrator)
$10.34
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ISBN: 9781634408004
Published: Red Chair Press - August 1st, 2020

Explore daily life in Ancient Rome from the Colosseum to commode and how this powerful empire ruled much of the world for more than 1,000 years.


Roman Diary: The Journal of Iliona, A Young Slave By Richard Platt, David Parkins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Richard Platt, David Parkins (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763670535
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Published: Candlewick - April 22nd, 2014

Iliona never imagined that her sea voyage from Greece to Egypt would lead to Rome, but when she is captured by pirates and auctioned off as a slave, that’s where she lands. Readers are invited to view the wonders of Rome through Iliona’s eyes—the luxury, the excess, and the politics.


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