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Green Bronze Mirror by Lynne Ellison

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Leading Author Naomi Lewis selected this book for Hamish Hamilton's The Best Children's Books of 1966, and made the following comment therein:-

"A schoolgirl's able novel of a schoolgirl who looks into an old bronze mirror and finds herself a slave in Nero's Rome. The author has done her homework well on Roman mores: affairs of boudoir and kitchen; a gruesome afternoon out at the Amphitheatre... All presented with cheerfully youthful insouciance."

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Karen is playing on the beach when she finds an ancient mirror buried in the sand. She looks into it, and is transported back in time to the Roman empire. Finding herself a slave, she faces many hair-raising adventures in her struggle to return to her own time.

This Long-lost work of young adult fiction, written when the author was 14, first published in 1966 and since out of print, is NOW Available in a new paperback edition with BRAND-NEW illustrations by Philip Smiley. It is available from this site.

Errata

(Note that these refer to the 2009 printing , and should be corrected in the 2010 version).

On page 2 ISBN should be ISBN-10: 0956347509 ISBN-13: 978-0956347503

On page 14, the first to fourth lines of the paragraph beginning "Davus Stared" should read
"Davus stared , his grey brows raised incredulously 'Where have
you been, not to know that' he said, and Karen felt like a country
bumpkin 'Nero, of course- may the gods bless his soul' The last words

were spoken in a tone which implied that the gods had better because,"

The third line from the bottom of the page should read

“‘Why do you speak of him in that tone’ inquired Davus, and Karen covered”



On page 19, the second line of the final paragraph (beginning " The area was crowded with people") should read
"all waiting to buy and sell, and, of course, slaves. They were lined up along"

On page 20 , the penultimate line of the first paragraph ( beginning “a watchful slave-master”) should read

“hand, Duillius left Karen at the end of the queue and went to see the”

On page 22 the third and fourth paragraphs (beginning “Sure enough, the auctioneer asked in vain for more bids”) should read

"Sure enough, the auctioneer asked in vain for more bids and the hammer fell. Karen's hands were tied behind her back and she was told to sit down at the back of the platform. She did so with rather a bump and consequently grazed her knuckles on the rough stone. She was then so uncomfortable that she wriggled about until, she was able to bring both bound hands underneath herself and round in front of her. She only achieved this after a great struggle that was witnessed with interest by one of the sad-faced group sitting to her. 'That's a good idea' he said, and did the same, though it was easier for him because his arms were longer. When the slave-master came round and saw them sitting there with their hands demurely in their laps, he stared suspiciously and frowned, scratching his head. Karen tried not to laugh.

Although she looked out for Kleon, Karen did not manage to see him before the legionary who had bought her came to fetch her away, and she was dragged off down the street clutching the brown dress in a bundle.

On page 23, the sixth and seventh lines in the fourth paragraph (beginning “if the hatches were closed”) should read

“ if the hatches were closed. Walking about the ship, she could see

them through the square hatchway, heaving and straining at the oars,  their bodies”

On page 24, the second paragraph (beginning “Karen didn’t mind feeding the rowers”) should end with the sentence

“One drunken soldier actually seized her round the waist as she passed, but she managed to throw him off, furious, before he could kiss her.”

On page 25, the passage from the second paragraph, (beginning with “The first few days after she was on her feet”) should read

“The first few days after she was on her feet again tired Karen hopelessly, but she gradually became hardened to it and needed fewer rides on the cart.

She was content now to go along with events and see what would happen to her. From what Marius had said about being his surety, she knew”


On page 28, the fourth line from the top of the page should read

“himself up with a room at an inn. It was an old, crumbling place”


On page 65 ( the beginning of Chapter IX), the page should begin with the lines

“ABOUT THIS TIME KAREN FIRST BEGAN TO

NOTICE THAT Rhoda used to slip off for an hour, regularly each”


Page 66 should end with the line


“sitting on the chairs and talking among themselves.”


On page 70, the paragraph beginning “‘I’ve joined a secert group of people who worship Christ.” should read

“ ‘I’ve joined a secret group of people who worship Christ.

It’s a new religion. We’re trying to make converts, you see, and

actually I was thinking…’”

On page 70, the passage beginning “He sighed, and looked down” should read

“‘He sighed, and looked down. ‘I don’t know’ he said ‘A new

religion sounds a dangerous business in Rome. And what do you get out of it?’

‘Get out of it? What do you mean’”

On page 75, the sixth line of the final paragraph (beginning "During the daytime") should read
"completely devoid of clouds, rain or otherwise. She was becoming"


On page 82, the penultimate paragraph should begin " 'Let's spend the afternoon here'"

On page 83, the penultimate paragraph (beginning " Down the wide road a girl came tearing") should end with the line
"crowd must have found out somehow that she was a Christian."


On page 94, the paragraph beginning “ ‘No, I‘m perfectly serious” should read

“‘No, I’m perfectly serious. I’m only in this century because I

found a mirror and - oh, it sounds silly- it was a- well, it was a

magic mirror, and I looked into it and I’m here. Locusta”


On page 94, the paragraph beginning “‘I’m not mad!’” should read

“‘I’m not mad. If I was, I wouldn’t talk like this’ I’d ramble and”


On page 97, the thirs paragraph (beginning “the roads were good”), should end with the lines

"waggoner, which helped, and the donkey was either bundled into

the waggon or made to trot behind.”

On page 98, the penultimate line of the paragraph beginning “They went out early next morning” should read
“a familiar face, and went white when she realized who it was. She”


Customers are invited to notify the publisher of further errors.

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