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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.