Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Summary:  When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds himself in possession of an ancient amulet filled with magic once reserved for the Gods, and becomes the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and destroy Rome.

Scholastic

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3 thoughts on “Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer A. Nielsen

  1. I greatly enjoyed Mark of the Thief because it is very suspenseful. I didn’t want to put it down! The author did an amazing job developing the characters. While it was great and I enjoyed reading it, I don’t believe this is worthy of a Newbery because the plot is similar to many other books I have read (like the False Prince also by the same author). The ending left me hanging. I’m looking forward to the next book. I recommend this book to fantasy/action lovers ages 9 and up. (There are descriptions of people killing other people in arenas.)

  2. While this book was enjoyable, I’m not sure it would count as self-contained because the end did not feel finished. I would recommend this book to boys in upper elementary.

  3. I really liked this book. It was very well developed in the plot and characters. This could be a newbery winner and I definitely would recommend it.

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