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I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D. (I Survived Series #10)
     

I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D. (I Survived Series #10)

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by Lauren Tarshis
 

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The beast beneath the mountain is restless...

No one in the bustling city of Pompeii worries when the ground trembles beneath their feet. The beast under the mountain Vesuvius, high above the city, wakes up angry sometimes -- and always goes back to sleep.

But Marcus is afraid. He knows something is terribly wrong -- and his father, who trusts science more

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The beast beneath the mountain is restless...

No one in the bustling city of Pompeii worries when the ground trembles beneath their feet. The beast under the mountain Vesuvius, high above the city, wakes up angry sometimes -- and always goes back to sleep.

But Marcus is afraid. He knows something is terribly wrong -- and his father, who trusts science more than mythical beasts, agrees. When Vesuvius explodes into a cloud of fiery ash and rocks fall from the sky like rain, will they have time to escape -- and survive the epic destruction of Pompeii?

Editorial Reviews

The great volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius occurred in the first century A.D., but each year, over two million visitors flock to the once-buried city to relive in their imaginations that devastating disaster. In this exciting addition to the I Survived series, a young boy somehow manages to escape from this sudden onslaught of molten lava. Like Lauren Tarshis' earlier historical fictions, this story gives readers an immediate sense of the magnitude of a life-changing event.

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Children's Literature - Suzie Davis
It is a pleasant and sunny August day in the city of Pompeii. Children are playing in the streets and people are bustling about in the shops. Little do they know that their world will literally come crashing down around them in just a few hours. Mount Vesuvius has been rumbling and shaking the very ground they walk on for weeks, but no one seems to notice or worry except for Marcus. He knows something is wrong. He also knows he has to leave Pompeii, but how? And where is his father? Marcus is a slave to a brutal master who sold Marcus’ father in Rome and took Marcus to Pompeii to work in his villa with his other slaves. Marcus has no idea what to do or how to find his father, until he spots him in a parade of gladiators marching to the arena to fight to the death. When Marcus recovers from his shock at seeing his father, he manages a desperate attempt to free him and they flee the city. Once outside the city, they discover the truth about Vesuvius being an active volcano; despite fears for their own safety, they decide to return to Pompeii to warn the villagers of the imminent danger. Will the villagers listen to them? Will they escape the destruction in time? Tarshis’ endearing characters and her unique storytelling style bring a terrifying and tragic moment in history to light in an age-appropriate manner. This addition to the “I Survived” series will keep readers enthralled until the very end. Reviewer: Suzie Davis; Ages 7 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545459396
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Series:
I Survived Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
14,563
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.53(h) x 0.27(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Lauren Tarshis is the editor of Scholastic's Storyworks magazine and group editorial director for language arts for Scholastic classroom magazines, in addition to being the author of the I Survived series and the critically acclaimed novels EMMA-JEAN LAZARUS FELL OUT OF A TREE and EMMA-JEAN LAZARUS FELL IN LOVE. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, and can be found online at www.laurentarshis.com.

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I Survived The Destruction Of Pompeii, 79 A.D. (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST BOOK EVER!
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This will be a good book
Anonymous 11 months ago
It is not a comic book, but a print book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very descriptive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will aomeone please tell me how many pages there are? Please?
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
Just as Robert Harris’s “Pompeii” managed to capture the spirit and sensations of the Roman Empire, along with a 1st century CE scientific look at volcanology vs. the “The gods are angry with us!” approach one expects from watching old movies, Lauren Tarshis does the same in “I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79”. Except Ms. Tarshis uses a lot fewer pages and a lot fewer / smaller words to accomplish this task. (Not to take away from Harris’ excellent book, but to praise Tarshis!) Young slave Marcus must deal with the realities of living as a non-citizen in the Roman Empire, of having his family separated through the sale of his father, of being beaten for not carrying out the expressed wishes (or even non-expressed) of his master. If this sounds like something set in the pre-Civil War south, you may have caught onto an unintended parallel – or perhaps the author meant to convey this after all! However, there are differences – American slaves weren’t sent to face gladiators and wild beasts in what passed for entertainment. And American slaves weren’t facing earthquakes and a smoking mountain right next to their home. Lauren Tarshis’s “I Survived” series successfully conveys the sensation of historical disasters and the times in which they are set to middle grade readers by centering on a protagonist of their own age. “I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii” is another fine addition to that collection. RATING: 5 stars.
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This series is fantastic, and provides fictional information including nonfiction. It was great , however I believe the Gettysburg and Nazi ones Were better. A must read!
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Comic book?
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It is so cool
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Please lend me this
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I read LOTS of "I survived" books and I liked them all !!! I hope I will be able to read "The great chicago".
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She walked in and picked the injured kit up carefully. She took it to ore survived (these books im at) result 7 (main camp) i can adopt you because im having kits soon. Meet you at camp.
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Tigerstrike. Mostly a night cat, but sometimes on in eavening
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