The Thunder Omen by Caroline Lawrence
Orion ISBN 9781444004571
It is the midwinter festival of Saturnalia and Threptus, the young apprentice of the soothsayer Floridius, is enjoying the feasting and fun. However, along with the celebrations, pantomimes and general mayhem, disaster is threatened by the thunder omen. Will Threptus be able to help Floridius overcome his latest dilemma? With Floridius and the sacred chickens, Threptus' life in Ostia is always chaotic. This is an exciting mystery full of historical facts about ancient Rome that will delight young readers.