The Secrets of Vesuvius by Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson

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The friends attempt to solve a riddle that could lead to treasure, while Mount Vesuvius threatens to erupt, in the second of The Roman Mysteries.


The Secrets of Vesuvius by Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson

It's the summer of AD 79 and Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, set sail for the Bay of Naples where they are going to stay with Flavia's uncle near Pompeii. Once they arrive, they are soon absorbed in a quest to solve a riddle that may lead to treasure. But then tragedy strikes: Mount Vesuvius erupts and the friends must flee for their lives! Not just a mystery - this is an absolutely thrilling action adventure that brings history to life!


'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

'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

'Lawrence weaves an engaging spell, painting first-century Italy vividly.' - Good Book Guide

'In accessible, uncomplicated prose, Lawrence weaves an engaging spell. Her young protagonists are nicely differentiated, and the details of day-to-day life in first-century Italy are painted vividly. This is the second of Lawrence's Roman Mysteries, and bodes well for further titles in the series.' - Kirkus UK

About the Author

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 lives with her husband, a graphic designer, by the river in London and is active as a speaker in schools and at book festivals.

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224 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

1st July 2002




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