Title: The Shadow of the Volcano (Shadows From the Past, Book 5)
Author: Wendy Leighton-Porter
Publication Date: April 15th, 2013
Publisher: Mauve Square Publishing
Recommended Age: 8+
The ancient Roman town of Pompeii lies in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, but its inhabitants are blissfully unaware of the deadly threat of the volcano which is about to devastate their lives. Twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot, still on the hunt for their missing parents, venture once more into the past, accompanied by their friend Charlie and Max, their adorable Tonkinese cat. Arriving in the middle of a slave auction in the Forum, the children are shocked to find themselves being sold to the highest bidder. Trapped in the household of a wealthy Pompeian, how will they manage to escape before the town is buried by the erupting volcano?
“Our loveable characters take a trip in time once again – this time to an angry volcano! Will the children be able to save the day – and get any closer to finding what they seek? Get into this series and you won’t be disappointed. Having visited the area of Pompeii many years ago, it was lovely to be transported back – and have lots of fun and excitement in the process. Kids will devour this latest offering from Wendy.” ~ 5-Star review from John C., Amazon
“I loved this book. Having visited Pompeii and Herculaneum, it transformed for me the eeriness of those places into bustling towns full of real people who are about to be killed. I remember Caecilius from my daughters’ Latin studies – how nice to see the man made into a human being with his own story. The near escapes are thrilling. You can almost smell the ash and cinders as destruction rains down and people flee. I like volcanoes and have visited Vesuvius as well as read Tacitus. This is a wonderful combination of the classics with children’s adventure. I recommend it.” ~ 5-Star review from Michele M., Goodreads
“AD 79 and Mount Vesuvius blows its top. The terror this must have caused for the citizens of Pompeii was preserved forever in the anguished bodies of those unearthed from the ruined city, but now, because of Joe, Jemima, Charlie and the loveable talking Tonkinese cat, Max, these ash-frozen ghosts are brought back to life in another lovely ‘Shadow from the Past’ tale. Wendy’s enjoyable ease of style will make this all the more believable for young readers… plus encourage them to delve further into the history of this cataclysmic event. My grandchildren are going to love this one, I know!” ~ 5-Star review from Eddie N., Amazon
About The Author, Wendy Leighton-Porter
Dividing my time between homes in England and South-West France, I live with my husband Simon and our two beautiful Tonkinese cats. I spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, but now write books for children instead of teaching them.
The Shadow of the Volcano is the fifth book in a series of 15 planned time-travel stories, featuring 3 children and, unsurprisingly, a rather special Tonkinese cat. Having recently completed number 6, The Shadow of Camelot, I’m currently working on the seventh book in the series, The Shadow of the Norman Arrow.
As I take my young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I’m also hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too. Personally, I’m enjoying the journey so much, I don’t ever want it to end! Why not come along with me for the ride?
Author Website: www.wendy-leighton-porter.com
Goodreads: Wendy Leighton-Porter
Purchase the Books
All of the books in Shadows From the Past series, including The Shadow of the Volcano, are available as paperbacks and e-books from Amazon and the Book Depository:
Amazon U.S. * Amazon Canada * Amazon U.K. * Book Depository
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We Need YOUR Help!
If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we think Wendy’s Shadows from the Past series is AWESOME – that’s why we keep sharing information about them! Well,this fantastic series is beginning to receive well-deserved attention on a wider scale. The second book in the series, The Shadow of the Minotaur has just been nominated for The People’s Book Prize, Autumn 2013. The People’s Book Prize is a competition organised to support the eradication of illiteracy and is voted for by the public. Voting takes place online and is currently on-going through to the end of November, 2013. Will you take a moment to vote and to help Wendy receive some well-deserved recognition, please? You just have to click on the cover to the left to visit the website. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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