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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


The Five Hundred by Eilís Dillon
Published by The O’Brien Press Ltd., 1991
ISBN 0-86278-262-7

Luca has saved for over a year and bought a Fiat Five Hundred. Now that he has a car he can bring more goods to market, and as a result make more money.

However, not everyone is happy with his success and disaster strikes when the Five Hundred is stolen. Pierino, Luca’s son, is a clever child and his intuition prompts him to follow the rather strange policeman investigating the case, and in so doing he finds out who the thieves are.

The Five Hundred by Eilís Dillon

He and Luca are reunited with their Five Hundred just in the nick of time before it gets scrapped.

The Five Hundred is a Red Flag Reader from O’Brien Press and is a thrilling adventure story set against the lifestyles of the Roman people and the city of Rome towards the end of the twentieth century.

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