The Town Mouse and the Spartan House by Terry Deary

The Town Mouse and the Spartan House

Written by Terry Deary
Illustrated by Helen Flook
Part of the Greek Tales Series


The Town Mouse and the Spartan House by Terry Deary

430 BC. Darius has been orphaned by the plague in Athens. To escape the sickness he runs off to join his Uncle Alcmaeon who is a general with the Spartan army. But he finds the Spartan way of life quite shocking. To the arrogant and ruthless Spartans, he is as worthless as a mouse. Then his uncle falls sick and only Darius can find a cure. Now Darius is a hero and his uncle offers him a life of luxury in Sparta. Still Darius finds the brutal Sparta too much and wants to go back to plague-stricken Athens. As Aesop said, 'Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.'

About the Author

Terry Deary

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors Terry Deary is the author of 249 fiction and non-fiction books published in 36 years and is one of the most successful children’s authors of all time. His Horrible Histories series has sold over 6 million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 40 languages, as well as being adapted into a BAFTA award-winning television series for CBBC. Terry was also voted The Outstanding Non-Fiction Author of the 20th Century (Books for Keeps). He has now turned his attentions to adult fiction and non-fiction and more television and stage work.

He is married to Jenny and they have a daughter Sara who recently had twins, Terry's first grandchildren. He lives in Durham.

Q+A with Terry Deary

Favourite Hero: Guy Fawkes

Favourite Monster: The Chimera

Your weapon of choice: Machine Gun

Special Secret Power: Invisibility

Favourite Fight scene: Gladiators

Goodie or baddie: Baddie

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Book Info


64 pages


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A & C Black Publishers Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

1st March 2007



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