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Vacation Under the Volcano (Magic Tree House, No. 13)

by Mary Pope Osborne

Ages 6-9. Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House! Who wants to vacation next to a volcano? Jack and Annie are about to find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of the Roman Empire. They arrive in Pompeii and soon discover that it is the very day the city will be destroyed. Now Jack and Annie must race against time to find an ancient library before it is buried in ash!

Pompeii…Buried Alive! (Step into Reading)

by Edith Kunhardt Davis

The drama of natural disasters provides prime material to entice young independent readers. In this volume for ages 6-8, the account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius describes village life 2,000 years ago, the eruption itself and its aftermath, and the excitement when the buried town is rediscovered centuries later. A lively and factual glimpse of a devastating moment in history, in an accessible, attractive package.

Curses and Smoke

by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Tag is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master’s injured gladiators. But his warrior’s heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom. Lucia is the daughter of Tag’s owner, doomed by her father’s greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she’s been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air. . . . When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them — to Lucia’s father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?

Wish You Were Italian

by Kristin Rae

Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the local art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?

Eyewitness Travel Guide to Naples & Pompeii & Sorrento Peninsula/Amalfi Coast

If the largest city in southern Italy is your destination, then get an advanced preview of its attractions with DK’s Eyewitness Travel Guide: Naples. More than 600 full-color photographs capture the splendid architecture, art, panoramas, and landscapes of this marvelous city and surrounding area. Street-by-street maps and illustrated aerial views guide you through the city’s six districts to sights such as the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, the Great Cathedral, and the Duomo. Other outstanding articles spotlight Santa Chiara, the Museo Nazionale and Park of Capodimonte, and Certosa di San Martino. Take trips by both land and water around Posillipo, the peninsula that juts out into the Bay of Naples. Beyond Naples, the handbook guides you through Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvuis, the Royal Palace of Caserta, the island of Capri, and more. From its beginnings as a Greek colony to contemporary daily life, the remarkable history of Naples is covered in a chapter complete with timelines, illustrations, and photos of artifacts from a variety of eras.

Pompeii: The History, Life and Art of the Buried City

by Marisa Ranieri Panetta

Pompeii for those who want to know the facts:

The rediscovery of Pompeii in 1748 represented a decisive moment for our understanding of the Roman world. To visit the site on these pages is to travel through time: here is the excitement and drama Pompeii represents for archaeology and Classical studies, a complete tour of the complex and fascinating first-century Roman city. White Star’s partners for Pompeii: Art and Treasures of the Buried City are the official institutions charged with preservation and the continuing exploration of the site: the Archaeological Superintendencies of Pompeii and Naples, and the Università Federico II of Naples. This book is the first collaboration of these two expert staffs and each offers a special authority on the excavations and the art of the ancient city. The text documents the most recent investigations and discoveries from the field – some previously unpublished – and represents the most current available view of one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. Marisa Ranieri Panetta writes for specialized publications, such as Archeo. In 1997 she won the UNESCO “Media Saves Art” prize for reporting on Pompeii. In 2002 she was awarded the International Theodor Mommsen Prize for her reports on Campi Flegrei.

Pompeii: A Novel

by Robert Harris

Pompeii in historical fiction:

In this fine historical novel by British novelist Harris (Archangel; Enigma; Fatherland), an upstanding Roman engineer rushes to repair an aqueduct in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, which, in A.D. 79, is getting ready to blow its top. Young Marcus Attilius Primus becomes the aquarius of the great Aqua Augusta when its former chief engineer disappears after 20 years on the job. When water flow to the coastal town of Misenum is interrupted, Attilius convinces the admiral of the Roman fleet – the scholar Pliny the Elder – to give him a fast ship to Pompeii, where he finds the source of the problem in a burst sluiceway. Lively writing, convincing but economical period details and plenty of intrigue keep the pace quick, as Attilius meets Corelia, the defiant daughter of a vile real estate speculator, who supplies him with documents implicating her father and Attilius’s predecessor in a water embezzlement scheme. Attilius has bigger worries, though: a climb up Vesuvius reveals that an eruption is imminent. Before he can warn anyone, he’s ambushed by the double-crossing foreman of his team, Corvax, and a furious chase ensues. As the volcano spews hot ash, Attilius fights his way back to Pompeii in an attempt to rescue Corelia. Attilius, while possessed of certain modern attitudes and a respect for empirical observation, is no anachronism. He even sends Corelia back to her cruel father at one point, advising her to accept her fate as a woman. Harris’s volcanology is well researched, and the plot, while decidedly secondary to the expertly rendered historic spectacle, keeps this impressive novel moving along toward its exciting finale. Review copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Escape From Pompeii

by Christina Balit

Pompeii for children:

“And then, in one terrible endless moment, they heard mighty Mount Vesuvius roar. Its top exploded in a scream, and flames ripped upward to the sky. A massive cloud of silver ash rose to the heavens, twisting and bubbling in every direction until everything was in total darkness.”

If you plan to take your young children to the ruins of Pompeii, make sure they read this book first. Tranio, like most Roman boys, likes to watch whatever is going on: tradesmen selling their goods, ships unloading their exotic cargoes, politicians making speeches in the forum. But one hot August day a very different scene unfolds. The ground begins to shake, the sky to darken. People run gasping for air. Heading for the harbor, Tranio and his friend Livia hide on a boat and witness one of the most terrifying moments in recorded history-the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of their beloved city, Pompeii.

Christina Balit’s fictional tale is based on the latest research. With her dramatic illustrations and a historical note, this story makes an exciting introduction to a fascinating subject.


edited by Filippo Coarelli

Frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24, 79 C.E., Pompeii, gradually rediscovered and slowly excavated, has had an enormous impact on the “collective imagination.” Editor and contributor Coarelli, an expert on Roman antiquities at the University of Perugia, and his equally impressive contributors, trace Pompeii’s profound influence on literature, history, art, music, and film, and examine the major role it has played in the evolution of archaeology. But these are only two strands in a vividly detailed tapestry that also includes an overview of Pompeii’s history, a chronicle of its daily life, and a comprehensive tour of the spectacular city itself, from its awe-inspiring temples to its taverns, gladiator barracks, bakeries, baths, and shops. And then there are the 500 breathtaking, brand-new color photographs of city vistas, architectural marvels, and exquisite sculptures, as well as jewelry, household objects, and close-ups of mosaics, friezes, and frescoes (some sacred, some erotic). Once a vibrant community, now a city of dreams, Pompeii, as this impressive book proves, remains utterly compelling.