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The Pirates of Pompeii: The Roman Mysteries, Book III Hardcover – April 9, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: Roman Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (April 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761315845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761315841
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7-Flavia, Jonathan, Lupus, and Nubia are once again faced with a mystery. The year is 79 C.E. and Mount Vesuvius has just erupted, leaving chaos and destruction in its wake. The children are living in a refugee camp with Jonathan's father and Flavia's uncle. The sky is hazy and red, everything is covered in a thick layer of ash, and the wails of professional mourners and families who have lost loved ones pierce the air. One by one, children disappear from the area and Flavia and her friends decide to find out why. Woven into the mystery are problems and issues of Roman life such as the abusive treatment of slaves and the class structure of the patron/client system. The search for the missing children is fast paced and in several instances peril seems imminent. Newcomers to the series may be a little confused by this one but fans will enjoy it.
Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 4-7. This third book in the Roman Mysteries series continues the first-century B.C.E. adventures of teen sleuth Flavia and her sidekicks. This title begins in a refugee camp in the aftermath of Vesuvius' eruption. While assisting the camps' doctors, Flavia and her friends discover that many children have disappeared in the chaos. Suspecting a kidnapping plot, the friends investigate, and their inquiries lead them to the opulent villa of a wealthy, charming nobleman. Is he behind the kidnappings? The friends discover the answer in a series of terrifying near-death adventures. As in the series' previous titles, Lawrence combines vivid period details and graceful imagery with a thrilling pace and some gory action scenes, always portraying Flavia and her friends as well-drawn young people whose playfulness, jealousies, outrage, and courage will resonate with contemporary readers. Additional themes of slavery and class issues add depth to the plot, while a glossary defines the many Roman terms used throughout. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

More About the Author

Million-selling author Caroline Lawrence writes detective stories with the double aim of entertaining children and teaching them. Combining fast-moving plots with historical accuracy means her history mystery stories are beloved of children, parents and teachers.

In 2009, Caroline won the Classical Association Prize for her Roman Mysteries series, which comprises over 20 books and inspired a glossy BBC TV series in the UK.

In 2011 Caroline launched a second historical detective series, the Western Mysteries, staring P.K. Pinkerton: a 12-year-old doubly orphaned detective who has trouble "reading people". The Case of the Deadly Desperados was the Sunday New York Times Editors' Choice in February 2012.

"I want to know everything about the past, especially the exciting things. Also the sounds, smells, sights and tastes. I write historical novels because nobody has invented a Time Machine. And I write for kids because 11 is my inner age."

Caroline is also writing a spin-off series of Roman books for readers aged 7+, starting with
The Sewer Demon

Here are the Roman Mystery novels in series order:

The Thieves Of Ostia: The Roman Mysteries 1
The Secrets Of Vesuvius: The Roman Mysteries 2
The Pirates Of Pompeii: The Roman Mysteries 3
The Assassins Of Rome: The Roman Mysteries 4
The Dolphins Of Laurentum: The Roman Mysteries 5
The Twelve Tasks Of Flavia Gemina:The Roman Mysteries 6
The Enemies Of Jupiter: The Roman Mysteries 7
The Gladiators From Capua: The Roman Mysteries 8
The Colossus Of Rhodes: The Roman Mysteries 9
The Fugitive From Corinth: The Roman Mysteries 10
The Sirens Of Surrentum: The Roman Mysteries 11
The Charioteer Of Delphi: The Roman Mysteries 12
The Slave-Girl From Jerusalem: The Roman Mysteries 13
The Beggar Of Volubilis: The Roman Mysteries 14
The Scribes From Alexandria: The Roman Mysteries 15
The Prophet From Ephesus: The Roman Mysteries 16
The Man From Pomegranate Street: The Roman Mysteries 17

Here are the mini-mysteries:

The Legionary From Londinium And Other Mini-Mysteries
Trimalchio's Feast And Other Mini-Mysteries

Plus quiz books, omnibus editions, a travel book and a treasury:

The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Second Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 1-3) (B) (Feb)
The Roman Mysteries Omnibus (Books 4-6) (B)
From Ostia To Alexandria With Flavia Gemina
The Roman Mysteries Treasury

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We both loved it - and waited so patiently for the second!
B. Claypole White
Violence, death and disaster mark this excellent book, in the tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Marius Gabriel
She recommends this book to anyone interested in the time period and this type of writing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Pirates of Pompeii was a captivating book that took you from the night after the horrifying volcanic eruption to the healing of one of the four detectives. On the day after the eruption, the slave girl Nubia and the freeborn Roman, Flavia went out to look for the healing flower for the doctor of Pompeii, scrounging in the ash of the aftermath. When the two girls found the flower they also found a girl who could not find her brother. They took her to the village where the other two detectives were waiting Jonathan and Lupus. In the village they found out another boy was missing they were all curious to find out who it was they have clues but will they find the pirates of Pompeii? This book is very intriguing it takes you in to a new ancient world. Pirates of Pompeii are the third of Caroline Lawrence's three books. I truly recommend this book to inquiring readers wanting to know more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Claypole White on November 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My son and I discovered the first book in The Roman Mysteries series in our local library. We both loved it - and waited so patiently for the second! Then, in the summer, we visited England. And discovered the rest! Pirates of Pompeii, which is, thankfully, available in America, was our favorite. If it was possible to choose. We could not put this down! I would recommend reading this after The Secrets of Vesuvius, since the action picks up from the next day. What a great page turner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Pirates of Pompeii brings more complexities into the lives of Flavia, Nubia, Jonathan and Lupus. In the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius a refugee camp has been set up where Doctor Mordecai spends his days treating the injured. No one knows what happened to Clio and there is little hope that she survived. The people of the camp are visited by the Emperor Titus, who has brought supplies paid for out of his own funds.

Amid the hope that life might return to normal, parents report that their children are missing. In a nearby cave, Flavia finds a little girl who was almost kidnapped by two men wearing masks - her brother was not so lucky and has joined the missing. Flavia becomes determined to find the missing children and after an initial investigation has more questions than answers.

The setting of the majority of this story is at modern Sorrento at a fabulous villa built on a small island. Our intrepid children are guests as they go about solving the mystery but in the process their relationships with each other undergoes a test.

The Pirates of Pompeii is a nicely conceived mystery and is beautifully written by Caroline Lawrence. Ms Lawrence has really outdone herself in the complex weaving of the plot and her descriptions of places and daily life are magnificent. The series of the Roman Mysteries seems to get better with each book, and I must admit that my enthusiasm for Ms. Lawrence's book has spread to more people as I have talked about each volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Graham on June 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Pirates of Pompeii follows immediately after the events in The Secret's of Vesuvius, and is the third in Lawrence's Roman Mysteries Series. Here we rejoin Flavia, Nubia, Jonathan, and Lupus as they find themselves in a refugee camp near Surrentum. As with the previous books, this volume is set in the first century, 79 A.D. As we start out here, the group (along with Uncle Gaius, Aristo, Miriam, Mordecai and the dogs) are working hard to help the survirors with Mrodecai offering his services free of charge and running a surgery out of a bath house near the harbor of Stabia. Not long after arriving there, the foursome discovers a frightened young girl hiding in a cave on the mountain and learns that children are disappearing from the refugee camp...and we all know this is a mystery that Falvia and her friends cannot turn their back on. They begin immediately trying to solve it, a task which takes them to Villa Limona the home of Publus Pollius Felix. Their mystery leads them to search for a man known as "The Patron" and they have encounters with run away slaves, pirates, and the Emperor himself all in the course of solving this mystery!

As with the previous book, this is an excellent glimpse into the daily life of the Roman people and deals with wide ranging issues from disaster relief, the treatment (abuse of slaves is a big topic in this book) of slaves, the division of the class system, and the fall of Jerusalem (ten years prior). The children must deal with all manner of human failings from pirates who want to sell them as salves, to spoiled bratty rich children, to the issue of profiteering from the disaster at Pompeii. All in all, it manages to address a lot of series issues, give a solid look at life in the given time period, and still be entertaining and fun to read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found the book The Pirates of Pompeii interesting. In the beginning I found it boring, as I read on it became better and better. It is an excellent mystery that keeps you guessing until the last page.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LME on October 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book seems to suffer from a mixed identity. Although recommended for grades 4-7, I and my discerning viewer team (15 and 11 yrs old), say it is best for Young Adults, age 14 and up (12 yr minimum). This is due to the adult concepts and descriptions, which are a little harsh, even grim.

One need look no further than P.3 to find "He only knew that the man's bloated corpse had washed up on the shore around noon. One of many in the past two days." and "The heat of the flames seemed to make the blackened corpse shiver, and for a moment, Lupus imagined it was the body of Pliny, the great admiral who had treated him with courtesy and respect, but who had died gasping like a fish.".

Also, apparently there is a bit of a young romance as well, hardly a standard plot fixture in a book for 9-12 year olds. So, although the concepts and descriptions are older, the writing style is typical of a 9-12 yr old book, in that it is direct, straightforward, and very much a narrative. Hardly the deeper, more reflective style more indicative of a Young Adult book.

Simply put, it is as though it is told from an adult perspective, although it lacks the depth and understanding. Normally, a book for this age is told from the general perspective of a 10-12 year old.

All that said, and hopefully understood, the book is an entertaining read for Young Adults, but is certainly not destined for literary greatness. However, that was probably not the author's intent in the first place.
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