When We Were Romans

When We Were Romans

Book - 2007
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Lawrence is only a child, but he's the man in his family. His little sister is still too young to understand. When their mother drives her young family through the night across the continent to Rome, what begins as an adventure ends in imprisonment.
Publisher: London : Picador ; New York : Random House, 2007
Description: 296 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780330435710
Branch Call Number: Knea


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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.

Aug 18, 2009

intriguing, though maybe a little simplistic

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