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Growing up in Ancient Rome, puny Dorkius Maximus dreams of becoming a great hero. Unfortunately, heroism doesn’t come naturally to him. So he enlists the help of his father’s friend, Stoutus, to teach him the noble art of fighting. But lifting his weapons makes him topple over backwards. How will he strike fear into the heart of the enemy when he can’t even stand up? Off the battlefield, things are equally dire. His dad doesn’t listen to him, his friends pick on him, and his mum is more interested in her sacred chickens. But Dorkius knows there’s a mighty warrior inside him. Can he prove himself a legendary hero – or is he destined to remain an ancient geek?

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Buster Books

Date published

February 7th, 2013

Lexile measure

790L Lexiles are the global standard in reading assessment. They are unique as they are able to measure a child and a book on the same scale – ensuring the right book gets to the right child at the right time.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.1; Middle years; 2.0 points



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  1. thunderball72
    on 8 March 2013

    Awesome read!

  2. fiery75orange
    on 7 March 2013

    I love it

  3. natashakrywald
    on 7 March 2013

    another similer diary of a wimpy kid copy. smart name!

  4. rockstar101
    on 6 March 2013

    liked it

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