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In the Shadow of Vesuvius Paperback – June 25, 2011
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About the Author
Liz Carmichael, an editor as a well as a writer and illustrator, loves reading about history, especially ancient history. Her favourite books are historical fiction, so it makes sense to write in that genre. Although born in Scotland, most of her life has been in several other countries. She is now happily settled in Australia, with family nearby.
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The volcano is not her only enemy in her attempt to get to safety. Bullying owners, the threat of soldiers and slave runners and even her fellow slave, Levi, all pose challenges and dangers to her.
The action takes the reader to different parts of Herculaneum and Roman life, keeping up a cracking pace and balancing narrative and background nicely. Mira is small but tough and resourceful, a suitable heroine for this personalised slice of history. We all know how it ends for Pompeii, but finding out how it ends for Mira and Remy will grip you until the last page.
Mira, a fifteen year old nanny, knows what is going to happen but trying to tell her master and those around her is next to impossible. Who is going to believe a slave about the destruction of an entire city? Mira sticks to her guns (which you'll love, because she grows - not only in maturity, but also some guts to stand up against others).
A hint of love interest will also keep you reading.
I enjoyed the story, the characters and excellent plot line. I'd recommend the read.