The amusing adventures of a runaway boy and girl, and a delightfully self-obsessed sacred chicken, by the bestselling author of Kisses for Daddy.
Felix and Livia are being pursued across the Roman empire, from the darkest, dampest corner of Gaul to the dry, desert sands of Tadmor. They must reach Rome by the Ides of April to rescue Livia's brother before he is sent into the arena to do battle with lions - and perhaps a vicious ostrich or two! Along the way, the pair are helped (and hindered) by a selfish sacred chicken, a foolish camel and a grumpy magic carpet as they encounter bandits, a shipwreck and a false accusation. Will they save Livia's brother in time, or will they all fall victim to the chicken's curse?
A classic adventure of friendship, fate and fortune, from the winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction.
'An original and exciting epic.' Jaclyn Moriarty, award-winning author of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone
'Fabulous fun!' Katrina Nannestad, award-winning author of The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome
Frances Watts is the author of more than 25 books for children, including the bestselling picture book Kisses for Daddy (illustrated by David Legge), which has been published in 20 languages; Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books (illustrated by David Legge), a Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year; and Goodnight, Mice! (illustrated by Judy Watson), winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction. She is also the author of the medieval Sword Girl series (illustrated by Gregory Rogers) as well as two young adult novels, The Raven's Wing and The Peony Lantern. Frances lives in Sydney, Australia.
Shortlisted Best Children's Fiction, Aurealis Awards 2020 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
8 - 12
Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)