A mix of fantasy, the ancient Roman world and an author’s early work finally becomes reality. Lynne Ellison started out years ago, when she was but a school girl when she began writing The Green Bronze Mirror. Since then, she has added and perfected her novel to a delightful YA book that is sure to indulge the imagination and historical fancy of anyone daring to relive Rome through the eyes of a fifteen year-old.
Karen is a young girl transported back into time through the finding of an ancient mirror found on an island close to her home. From then on it is one experience after another to get herself back home. Karen is sold as a slave numerous times before she finally reaches her goal. Along the way, she meets Kleon, a boy a bit older than herself. Together they flee as they try to escape prosecution and death due to their religion, Christianity. At a time where Nero ruled, not much is possible for a poor slave girl. Nonetheless, Karen survives and even manages to accomplish favouritism and some sort of notoriety for her art and written knowledge.
A delightful read that I could not help myself from comparing it to the likes of Alice in Wonderland. There is the same kind of magical flavour, except not as much fantasy. The setting in this novel is based on a true historical timetable. The setting, the customs, the period costume descriptions, the different religious factions are all detailed with great accuracy and quite impressive for a novel of this type.
The Green Bronze Mirror is a quick and entertaining read that will surely delight. I would recommend this book to ages: 11-15.
The Teacher in me says: For any history teachers out there: This is the book you want for your class. It’s history in story telling format. Great for English lit and history courses alike.
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