Marcus is an eleven-year-old runaway slave, who with his father, are fleeing the hands of a brutal master. They shouldn't be anywhere near the bustling city of Pompeii but as it so happens, fate intervenes and the father and son find themselves right at the center of chaos when Mount Vesuvius erupts and decimates the entire city. Marcus and his father are afraid of the mountain, unlike all the residents who expect the "great monster" to quiet down. Will they have time to escape? A fictionalized account based on true events.
The beast beneath the mountain is restless...
No one in the bustling city of Pompeii worries when the ground trembles beneath their feet. The beast under the mountain Vesuvius, high above the city, wakes up angry sometimes -- and always goes back to sleep.
But Marcus is afraid. He knows something is terribly wrong -- and his father, who trusts science more than mythical beasts, agrees. When Vesuvius explodes into a cloud of fiery ash and rocks fall from the sky like rain, will they have time to escape -- and survive the epic destruction of Pompeii?
Lauren Tarshis is the editor of Scholastic's Storyworks magazine and group editorial director for language arts for Scholastic classroom magazines, in addition to being the author of the I Survived series and the critically acclaimed novels EMMA-JEAN LAZARUS FELL OUT OF A TREE and EMMA-JEAN LAZARUS FELL IN LOVE. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, and can be found online at www.laurentarshis.com.
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