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Starred Review. Grade 4-8–In A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted and within 24 hours, ash, pumice, and volcanic rubble had covered, and annihilated, the city of Pompeii. It was not until the 18th century that workers began to uncover the remains of this nearly forgotten, except in legend, city and its inhabitants. In this well-researched account, Deem retells the story of this devastating eruption, combining a lively text with photographs of the bones and artifacts that have been unearthed through the years. In 1863, an excavator discovered a fascinating way to study human remains. As bodies covered in hot ash and enveloped by volcanic material decayed, spaces were left around the skeletons. After the hollow areas were filled with plaster, the surrounding debris was chipped away, resulting in detailed plaster casts that preserved imprints of the people's dying moments, showing their facial expressions and body positions as well as their clothing and possessions. Deem explains how scientists have used these molds and other evidence to piece together the life styles and final moments of some of the victims, and conveys these heart-wrenching tales. Dramatic photographs of the casts capture the horror of this event and help readers to envision day-to-day life in this civilization. With incredibly engrossing images and narrative, this is a powerful and poignant piece of nonfiction.–Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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Gr. 5-8. On August 24, 79 C.E., the long-silent Mt. Vesuvius erupted, and volcanic ash rained down on the 20,000 residents of Pompeii. This photo-essay explains what happened when the volcano exploded--and how the results of this disaster were discovered hundreds of years later. A tragedy this dramatic demands an affecting text, but this one begins rather ploddingly with the events of August 24 and 25, and moves through the rediscovery of the city and the surrounding areas, with progressively more being learned. What the text lacks in excitement is made up for by the enormous amount of information Deem offers, some of which was acquired in on-site research. The excavations and body preservation techniques are explained in detail; everyday life in the city and the later tourist activity centered in Pompeii are also highlighted. But the jewels here are the numerous black-and-white (and some color) photographs, especially those featuring the plaster casts and skeletons of people in their death throes. The horizontal format, with pages looking as though they were partially bordered in marble, makes an attractive setting for the art. Excellent for browsers as well as researchers. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618473084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618473083
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James M. Deem is the author of numerous books of nonfiction and fiction for children, including the 2009 Sibert Honor Book, BODIES FROM THE ICE: MELTING GLACIERS AND THE RECOVERY OF THE PAST. His latest book, THE PRISONERS OF BREENDONK: PERSONAL HISTORIES FROM A WORLD WAR II CONCENTRATION CAMP, is the first English-language book about this little-known Belgian camp.

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, he has lived in Kansas, Michigan, New York, and Arizona. He earned a Bachelor's degree in language arts from the University of Kansas and a master's degree and doctorate in reading education at the University of Michigan. For twenty-seven years, he taught reading and study skills to underprepared college students. He and his wife live in Tucson, Arizona, where he writes fulltime.


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 7, 2006
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Having only just begun his examination of the ancient dead with, "Bodies From the Bog" (a title that bears more than a passing resemblance to a kitchy 1950s horror flick), Mr. James M. Deem returns to look at the ancient dead of an entirely new region. As a child I was fascinated by mummies and the bodies of human beings from so very long ago. History was never my favorite subject and often I found that unless I could see a person in the flesh (rotting, decomposing, flaking flesh though it might be) I was unable to understand how similar to us the people of the past were. Pompeii, naturally, is a fascinating subject in and of itself. How could it not be? You've three-dimensional images of people in the last throes of death. I challenge anyone to come up with anything half as gripping (i.e. feeding on our more macabre instincts) when talking about any other ancient civilization. With plenty of amazing photographs, clear concise writing, and a plot that will keep many a kid spellbound, this is probably one of the finest non-fiction titles to grace library bookshelves in years.

"On August 24, the last Tuesday that they would live in their town, the people of ancient Pompeii awoke to a typical hot summer's morning". And we're off! No long drawn out Preface on why Deem wrote this book or dull page long sermon on the history of archeology itself. Nope. Instead we are treated to a highly accurate encapsulation of the events that lead up to Mount Vesuvius erupting and the good people of Pompeii perishing. With some reliance on the accounts of Pliny Jr., Deem tells us what happened on August 24 and 25, A.D. 79. There's even a timetable of events marking the different stages in the eruption.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Rahamim on March 29, 2014
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Last summer we spent a couple of weeks in Italy and included a private tour of Pompeii. It was wonderful but many of the interesting artifacts are no longer on site. We were extremely disappointed.
I had bought some of the tourist guide books but they didn't totally satisfy my needs.
I took a chance on this book and it absolutely lived up to my expectations. It was filled with the most interesting photos of artifacts that are housed in areas that are no open to the public. The book is absolutely fascinating.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Mellies on March 4, 2009
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I loved this book. The pictures were fabulous. The background material and research was very informative. I am going to Pompeii next fall and wanted to bone up on the history. Easy, interesting read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William M. Smith, Jr. on April 4, 2014
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This book provides a brief but very well illustrated summary of what has been discovered at Pompeii and the surrounding area. Equally importantly, it gives the history of how the discoveries were made, what has been lost, and what is being done to preserve that which remains.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 2, 2013
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After visiting Pompeii I developed a great fascination with finding out all about it. Books that tell/show you anything new or interesting are not always easy to find. I avoided this book for a long time because it was listed for "ages 9 and up". I shouldn't have been so fussy. It was a very good book. Is it a deep introspection of life and death in Pompeii? No. But it WAS interesting and it did include photos. I wish the author would write one for adults now so I'd have something to read for longer than an hour or two. And I don't think there can ever be enough photos from Pompeii. MORE, please.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Musikal on October 6, 2010
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I am a home-schooling parent and also own a business offering classes for home-schooled students. I purchased this book for a class on Ancient Greece and Rome aimed at K-2nd grade students. It is an excellent resource for this time period.

The text of the book is simple enough to read out loud to younger children, but is not dumbed down or simplified, so don't be afraid to purchase for an adult or older child. Older students will enjoy reading the book independently. However, don't expect to use it as a read-aloud in a class situation for younger students, as the book is about 50 pages and the text is dense on each page. It's more useful as a reference text to show students photos, or would be a great addition to a school library for the children to read at home. I thought the text was interesting and well written, with lots of details and good explanations of more difficult concepts (such as making of the plaster casts of the victims.) The book is laid out gorgeously and is filled with full page photographs of Pompeii, artifacts and especially the casts and skeletons. I don't think the photos selected are particularly disturbing, unless you have an extremely sensitive child who wouldn't like ANY skeleton photos.

The book has six chapters. Chapter 1 focuses on what we know of the actual eruption on Aug 24 and 35, AD 79. The text explains how historians use physical evidence and primary sources to create a timeline of events. Chapter 2 tells the history of excavations. Chapter 3 tells about the history of making the plaster casts of the victims, while chapter 4 tells about individual casts and how historians can tell about the actual people from these casts.
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