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Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii

by Vicky Alvear Shecter (author)

Suitable for 12 - 13 years

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Product description

Two star-crossed lovers. One city on the brink of destruction.

Tages is a medical slave, doomed to spend the rest of his life healing his master’s injured gladiators. But his warrior’s heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.

Lucia is the daughter of Tag’s owner, doomed by her father’s greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she’s been noticing some odd behavior in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air. . . .

When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But soon after an argument divides them, she’s sent to Rome for her wedding, while he’s thrust into his first gladiatorial contest. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?

Product Details

Catalogue number

1244 in SCB Offer August 2020

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781407146621

Date published

February 6th, 2014

Other details
  • 336 pages
Condition

New

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  1. iman-sid1
    on 23 March 2014

    So far it is really good if your like me you would prefer it. I just got it from the scholastic book club catalogue a few days ago and I’m loving it. Lucia and tag should be together and I’ve read a few chapters so far because they are quite short and I just want to keep reading and finis the book. I would say the blurb is a spoiler and the front picture the first time you look at it you find out quite a lot. It was horrible what happened in Pompeii with the horrific erupting volcano bursting lava everywhere and destroying the town, people and everything else left in its past. The few people that survived were lucky and and remained to tell the story of the deaths of their friends, family and villagers and are trying very hard to rebuild their town, houses and etc. It is a true story of two star-crossed lovers fighting for freedom and locked in a blinded wall of love and friendship with a sea of hatred and difficulty. Will they survive in time and help each other when the volcano erupts?

  2. heart29
    on 7 March 2014

    Great book about the events that happened at pompeii

    5out of 5
  3. Spidergirl
    on 6 March 2014

    Very boring … Read only few pages and went back to the shelf

    2out of 5
  4. Athena14
    on 5 March 2014

    A beautifully written book about a tragic event.

  5. mhenehan
    on 5 March 2014

    Oh my god can’t wait to read!!