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By Marilyn Nelson

ISBN-10: 0698407903

ISBN-13: 9780698407909

This riveting novel in verse, excellent for lovers of Jacqueline Woodson and Toni Morrison, explores American background and race throughout the eyes of a teenage boy embracing his newfound identity

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Connor's grandmother leaves his dad a letter while she dies, and the letter's confession shakes their tight-knit Italian-American family members: the guy who raised Dad isn't his start father.

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Portia turned her eyes on him, and there was neither amusement nor petulance there. “He is just the sort of man you always opposed in Rome, Quintus. ” Cato turned back to the spilled wine, but Remus had it all cleaned. Portia had not finished. “It would give your coming here purpose. indd 34 6/28/13 10:20 AM C i t y on F i r e : A Nov e l of P om pe i i Cato scowled. “Not as rich as you seem to think, Portia. And my ‘idle pastime’ will no doubt yield more fruit than any of my efforts in Rome. ” Portia started again, but her mother stilled her with a gentle hand on her arm.

The truth was that he would have rather been at the arena, but the new gladiators had just arrived and would not perform for another two days. They cleared the stairs and stood above the highest gallery of the theater, gazing down into the middle tier of twenty rows, accessible by vaulted corridors at the side of the building. Below the middle tier a covered gallery curved around the half circle, separating it from the lowest tier for slaves and the poor and providing special box seating for the magistrates whose generosity sponsored the event.

They sparred for what seemed hours, but Ariella did not back down. Even when she saw the beige tents go up nearby and imagined falling into one and sleeping until autumn. Her short tunic grew damp with sweat and dingy with kicked-up dust, and the collective odor of the men hung heavy over the field. Her sword felt weighted in her hand, and the grunts and calls of the fighters muddled together. Would that she had an arm of iron rather than flesh. But still she did not yield. It was not until the mountain loomed purple to the southwest, with the sun hiding behind it, that Drusus called an end to the drills.

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