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Secrets of Vesuvius (Roman Mysteries #2)

Author(s): Caroline Lawrence

Children's fiction

It's the summer of AD 79 and Flavia Gemina and her three friends Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus go off to Pompeii to stay with Flavia's uncle. They are on the brink of solving a murder mystery when Vesuvius erupts and they have to flee for their lives.


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Second in a six-book series, following THE THIEVES OF OSTIA. A unique concept, combining terrific storytelling with authentic historical detail Ancient Rome a favourite topic with children and National Curriculum Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 All the appeal of a gang of friends solving mysteries The destruction of Pompeii is one of the all-time great historical disasters and is covered in all schools Rights to the series have now been sold in 17 territories Inspiration for the prime time BBC TV series Over 900,000 copies of the series sold in the UK alone

"This is an interesting and exciting read that is extremely well researched. It is packed with accurate detail of everyday Roman life. The story is so well paced and involving that you don't realise just how much information you are absorbing." School Librarian, Summer 2002 "The Secrets of Vesuvius in the immensely readable Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence again features a kind of classical famous five: Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, plus Scuto the dog, meet the great Pliny while on holiday in Pompeii and end up near Mount Vesuvius on the fateful night it erupted. An enormous amount of information about the ancient world is conveyed under the guise of a jolly good romp." -- Fiona Lafferty TES, 30 Aug 02 "Lawrence weaves an engaging spell, painting first-century Italy vividly." Good Book Guide

Caroline Lawrence is American. She won a scholarship to Cambridge to read Classical Archaeology, then did a degree in Hebrew and Jewish studies at University College London. She now lives in London with her English husband and teaches Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Art and French to children. www

General Fields

  • : 9781842550212
  • : Hachette Children's Group
  • : Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : 0.0
  • : June 2002
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Caroline Lawrence
  • : Paperback
  • : New ed
  • : 823.92
  • : From 9 To 99
  • : 224
  • : 1 B/W Photo\Illu(s),1 Map(s)