The Eagle of the Ninth

The Eagle of the Ninth

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One of Rosemary Sutcliff's acclaimed books set in Roman Britain. The Eagle of the Ninth tells the story of a young Roman officer who sets out to discover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of the Ninth Legion, who marched into the mists of northern Britain and never came back.The Eagle of the Ninth is the first in an outstanding series of books about the Roman occupation which was followed by The Silver Branch and The Lantern Bearers also published by Oxford Children's Books.Packed with real-life detail about Roman warfare and featuring a likeable adventuring hero, this story will have particular appeal for boys.Rosemary Sutcliff is the acknowledged master of children's historical storytelling, she was awarded the OBE for her services to children's literature in 1975. She died in 1992.show more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192719483
  • 9780192719485

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"Sutcliff has a genius for the re-creation of an historical period."--"Horn Book Reflections""An unusual blend of stirring action and poetic symbolism. Authentic in background, skillful in plot, and perceptive in characterization."--"Booklist""Imaginatively conceived."--"The New Yorker""Decades later, I can still hear echoes of The Eagle of the Ninth in my head: the chink of mail, the tired beat of the legionaries' feet."--"The Independent""What a splendid story it is, compulsive reading!"--"Junior Bookshelf"An ALA Notable Bookshow more

About Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) wrote dozens of books for young readers, including her award-winning Roman Britain trilogy, "The Eagle of the Ninth," "The Silver Branch," and "The Lantern Bearers," which won the Carnegie Medal. "The Eagle of the Ninth" is now a major motion picture, The Eagle, directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Channing Tatum. Born in Surrey, Sutcliff spent her childhood in Malta and on various other naval bases where her father was stationed. At a young age, she contracted Still's Disease, which confined her to a wheelchair for most of her life. Shortly before her death, she was named Commander of the British Empire (CBE) one of Britain's most prestigious honors. She died in West Sussex, England, in 1992.show more

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