Academic journal article Language Arts

Mark of the Thief

Academic journal article Language Arts

Mark of the Thief

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Mark of the Thief Written by Jennifer A. Nielsen Scholastic, 2015, 339 pp., ISBN 978-0-545-56154-9

Jennifer A. Nielsen's newest series, set during the Roman Empire, is full of mythology and history. Nicolas Calva and his sister are slaves working in a mine south of Rome where their master whips them and keeps them in chains. Nic is ordered to explore a dark cave that is believed to contain Julius Caesar's lost treasure. Once inside, he finds a griffin named Caela guarding piles of gold coins, rings, and goblets. In order to fight offthe king of the birds and the beasts, he puts on a gold bulla, a good luck pendant, and immediately receives magical powers. With the cave's entrance blocked, Nic and Caela take flight before the cavern collapses. Later, both are captured and forced to fight in an animal show in an amphitheater. …

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