POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION – Recommended Reads from Carnegie Science Center


Our friends at Carnegie Science Center dug up some great reads about Pompeii!

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Ancient Rome and Pompeii: A Companion to Vacation Under The Volcano

This is the nonfiction companion to VACATION UNDER THE VOLCANO (Magic Tree House #13).

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #13- Vacation Under the Volcano, they had lots of questions. Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Ashes to Ashes: Uncovering Pompeii

Shocker facts, word stunners, and bite-sized bits of seriously strange information shake up reading interest in the Shockwave – the exciting new series that serves up the world’s most extreme science and history for readers to discover.

Exploring Ancient Cities

Investigate famous excavations and the archaeologists and paleontologists who led them with Exploring Ancient Cities. Through ancient cities such as Pompeii, Troy, and Machu Picchu, readers will discover how we learn about ancient cities and what they teach us about the people who lived in them. You can also check out this title as an eBook from Hoopla

Gladiators at Pompeii

The brutal, thrilling world of gladiators was a popular motif in the art of Pompeii, as this informative book demonstrates. Gladiators at Pompeii, illustrated with striking Pompeiian depictions of these ancient combatants, presents a complete picture of the gladiators of the Roman Empire and the highly organized and regulated tournaments in which they competed.

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

No one in the bustling city of Pompeii worries when the ground trembles beneath their feet. 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? You can also check out this title as an eBook from Overdrive/Libby or as an eAudio from Overdrive/Libby or Hoopla.

The Last Girls of Pompeii

In Pompeii, in the summer of A.D. 79, Julia and Sura appear to lead opposite lives. Julia is the daughter of a wealthy ship-builder; Sura is an orphan. Julia bears the Curse of Venus–a withered arm; Sura’s beauty turns heads. Julia is free; Sura is her slave.

Then Julia learns that her parents are planning to put her in the service of the Temple of Damia, the center of a cultish new religion, and Sura will be sold to an awful man who plans to make her his concubine.

But when Mt. Vesuvius erupts, Julia’s and Sura’s fates are forever altered, forcing them both to face the true meaning of freedom.

Pompeii: The Living City

The ash of Mt. Vesuvius preserves a living record of the complex and exhilarating society it instantly obliterated two thousand years ago. In this highly readable, lavishly illustrated book, Butterworth and Laurence marshall cutting-edge archaeological reconstructions and a vibrant historical tradition dating to Pliny and Tacitus; they present a richly textured portrait of a society not altogether unlike ours, composed of individuals ordinary and extraordinary who pursued commerce, politics, family and pleasure in the shadow of a killer volcano.

Secrets of Pompeii: Buried City of Ancient Rome

Dig through the ruins at the base of the mighty Mount Vesuvius to discover the archeological wonder of the once-buried city of Pompeii. Travel along with scientists to find out how their discoveries shed light on this historic site’s deepest mysteries. You can also check out this title as an eBook from Hoopla

Vacation Under the Volcano

Who wants to vacation next to a volcano? Jack and Annie are about to find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of the Roman Empire. They arrive in Pompeii and soon discover that it is the very day the city will be destroyed. Now Jack and Annie must race against time to find an ancient library before it is buried in ash! You can also check out this title as an eBook from Overdrive/Libby

What Was Pompeii?

No one was prepared when the nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, spouting ash that buried the city and its inhabitants. The disaster left thousands dead, and Pompeii was no more than a memory for almost 1,700 years. In 1748, explorers rediscovered the port city with intact buildings and beautiful mosaics. This easy-to-read account is gripping and includes photos of the ruins. You can also check out this title as an eBook from Overdrive/Libby.