Shield of Horatius Cover

The creators of the Molly and the Magic Suitcase series bring you the same beloved characters in a new series of chapter books–Molly and Michael Mysteries! These adventure stories engage readers ages 8-14, expanding their exploration of the world. The first book in the series, The Shield of Horatius, takes readers through the streets of Rome. Readers learn history, culture, and language, and experience beautiful Roman sights and landmarks through the eyes of the characters.

Marco Vittorini’s family has a secret. For hundreds of years they protected the location of an ancient artifact. When Molly and Michael help Marco unravel a part of the puzzle, others take notice–including an unknown rival.

Simple curiosity leads to a race against time through the streets of Rome. The search takes them through churches, museums, and ruins. They witness an attack on the city through the words of a mysterious figure known as the Rescuer.

The three friends use every talent they have, but will it be enough? Join Molly and Michael for a mystery 2,500 years in the making.


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This page contains maps, timelines, and links to enhance a readers’ learning experience. In addition to these resources, please explore the web to learn more about the fascinating history, culture, and architecture of Rome.

Click here to see a map of Rome as shown in the book.

Click here to see a timeline of events and emperors that are mentioned in the book.

Click here to download instructor resources.