When We Were Romans

When We Were Romans

eBook - 2008
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When We Were Romans is a haunting psychological novel and another masterful work from the author of the prize--winning English Passengers .Nine-year-old Lawrence is the man of his family. He watches over his mother and his willful little sister Jemima. He is the one who keeps order, especially when his mother decides they must leave their life in England behind because of threats from Lawrence's father. But their new life in Rome does not go as planned. Short of money and living off of his mother's old friends--all who seem to doubt her story--Lawrence soon realizes that things are not what they seem. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008.
ISBN: 9780385528504
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 19, 2014

This compelling story is narrated by a nine-year-old hero who valiantly tries to hold his little family together as his mother becomes more and more unstable. Lawrence has fascinations appropriate for his age - Roman emperors (I learned quite a bit about Nero from him), outer space and his hamster. Convincingly childlike, he also steps up to the challenges thrust upon him. I couldn’t turn away from the story as I rooted for this charming boy on that fascinating edge of childhood, just before adolescence plunges him into a more adult and less trusting worldview.

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Aug 18, 2009

intriguing, though maybe a little simplistic

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