First published in 1966, reprinted in 2009 with illustrations Philip Smiley, and now offered for as a free e-book via Smashwords, The Green Bronze Mirror is a wonderful example of out-of-print books getting new life from the new publishing freedom created by the indie-publishing movement.
The Green Bronze Mirror does not glorify the brutality of the era, nor does it ignore them. The brutality of the era is explained in subtle ways, and the civilizing effects of Christianity are shown. I admire the author for managing to do this in a book meant for children. But because of the book's subject matter, I would suggest the reader be 12+, and preferably older than that!
Once the young girl is transported back to Ancient Roman Britain, the story moves along quickly. The protagonist goes from Britain, through France, into Italy. She spends time in the capital, Rome, before returning to Britain. All her various adventures are explained, but the sexual dangers she faces are only touched on lightly, or avoided altogether, which is appropriate for this level of book.
Full review at Italophile Book Reviews
(review of free book)