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I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D.

I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D.
Lauren Tarshis
Scholastic, 2014
Audience: Children
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
During the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one boy struggles to escape. Can he survive the most devastating disaster of ancient times?

In this thrilling addition to the bestselling I SURVIVED series, readers are taken back to antiquity with a young boy trying to escape as the giant Mount Vesuvius erupts. Does he have what it takes to survive the epic destruction of Pompeii?


I love historical fiction, especially children’s historical fiction. I don’t know why, but it’s underrated to most. In general, historical fiction gravitates to semi-recent wars or tragedies. That is why this I Survived book is so refreshing. It was a major time warp for the series. I think kids will love it! I remember being fascinated by Pompeii in school, but never really learned about it in-depth as an adult. The story followed its usual format, but I’ll set aside my feelings on that and say that it was one of the most compelling books in the series.

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