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Robin Price is the author of three historical series’ Spartapuss , The Olympuss Games and Beowuff – where cats and dogs rule the world. His graphic novel London Deep was chosen as a Recommend Read for World Book Day in 2011. An Olivier nominated songwriter, Robin writes songs for Tall Stories theatre company. His writing credits include The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom (by Julia Donaldson) and a musical version of Something Else by the Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. When he’s not writing books. Robin leads creative writing workshops for kids and has run writing workshops for Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and The Young Archaeologists Club.
The Olympuss Games series, of which this is book three, is set in ancient Rome, the twist however is that cats rule the world and people have never existed. Hero and narrator of the stories is Son of Spartapuss, a young ginger cat from the land of Kitons, i.e. Britain – the stories are absolutely littered with cat puns - and in this episode, he and his companions are shipwrecked near Knossos and find themselves in the labyrinth facing the terrifying Minopaw. The stories are fun and exciting and the descriptions of life in classical Rome are actually very accurate. Young classicists will enjoy picking up all the references, while those who know less about the ancient world will want to find out more.
The Olympuss Games series is set in ancient Greece and ancient Rome. Cats rule the world, people have never existed. This 4 book quest is a 'purrfect' way of bringing history alive for 6-8 year olds. Each title is packed with fun historical facts about ancient Greece and ancient Rome and there are photocopiable writing resources to download from the publisher www.mogzilla.co.uk.
Age range 8 to 12 Spartapuss books are filled with marvellous characters and weird historical facts, which makes them ideal for both cat lovers and history enthusiasts from around 7 years and upwards. 'Packed with more catty puns than you ever thought pawssible, this witty Roman romp is history with cattitude.' - Junior Magazine
Ages 9 to 12 years The London Deep series is half graphic novel and half book - with comic art on every page. It's set in the future in a flooded London, where rival police forces for kids and adults compete to keep the peace. London is menaced by a mysterious plague. The disease, which leaves a spider web pattern of fine lines upon the victim, has been nicknamed 'Threadneedle'. The YPD order a full scale evacuation of London, claiming that adults are the carriers. When her father is taken to a 'Safeguarding' centre, Jemima Mallard enlists the help of a team of mercenaries to bust him out.
This edited book brings together empirical studies of young people in paid employment from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and in different national settings. In the context of increasing youth labour market participation rates and debates about the value of early employment, it draws on multi-level analyses to reflect the complexity of the field. Each of the three sections of the book explores a key aspect of young people's employment: their experience of work, intersections between work and education, and the impact of other actors and institutions. The book contributes to broadening and strengthening knowledge about the opportunities and constraints that young people face during their formative experiences in the labour market. This book will be required reading for all those working in the fields of sociology, employment relations and education
Follow SOS and his fiery friend Furia on a quest that takes them from gladiator school to Mount Olympuss. Find out more at www.spartapuss.co.uk
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