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THE PIRATES OF POMPEII by Caroline Lawrence


Roman Mysteries: Book III

by Caroline Lawrence

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: May 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7613-1584-5
Publisher: Roaring Brook

It’s the summer of a.d. 79. Flavia, her friend Jonathan, the young mute Lupus, and the slave Nubia have lived through the eruption of Vesuvius. A camp has been set up for those who fled Pompeii. Children are disappearing, however, and rumors of slavers terrify an already scarred people. The four young heroes are sent to a lovely villa, home of the charismatic Publius Pollius Felix, ostensibly out of harm’s way. Felix is called The Patron and at first they think he may be responsible for the missing children. His own daughter is spoiled and selfish, and a catfight between her and Flavia is the proximate cause of pirates’ grabbing all of them, except Lupus. With Lupus’s wily assistance, they instigate most of their own rescue, and Flavia formally frees Nubia. What made the two earlier titles so good was their fast pace and Roman setting: this one is marred by events and mindsets that sound a bit too contemporary; still, readers will want to continue the story. (glossary, author’s note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)