Reviews of The Ancient Ocean Blues

The Ancient Ocean Blues was published in 2008 and was well received by reviewers. It was nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People at the 2009 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, as well as for the 2010 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, In November 2008 did an interview about the novel with Open Book Toronto.
A fast-paced spoof on Greek tales… Laugh-out-loud funny with great characters… A new take on the old classics… This book is original, delightful and engaging.

— Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) nomination

The Ancient Ocean Blues has all the elements of an adventure: romance, high, fast-paced action, heroic deeds, gut-wrenching suspense and yes, happy endings! . . . a well-researched story which proves myths and legends are timeless. It is historical fiction at its best . . .

— Resource LInks

As a novel that is both highly entertaining and intellectually stimulating, The Ancient Ocean Blues is a great way to introduce teens to the ancient world . . . Warn your students that a future in classics could be theirs if they read this book!

— Mary Veronica Moloney in Professionally Speaking: The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers

". . . a very funny tongue-in-cheek adventure story that will keep a reader turning the pages, laughing all the while."

— Mary Thomas in CM Magazine

Using a combination of historical figures and his own characters, Jack Mitchell has created this romp – rife with humour and authentic detail – through the heyday of Roman power.

— Canadian Children's Book News

This was a fun read in which the carefully researched history went down painlessly and where the historical figures (including Gaius Oppius) easily mixed with the fictitious ones . . . I especially enjoyed Paulla, a connoisseur of romances who turns out to be anything but a starry-eyed romantic. Young adults, even those not normally interested in the ancient world, will find this an engaging read.

— Historical Novel Society