Pompeii, a Roman Girl’s Story
By Sue Reid
Pompeii, A Roman Girl’s Diary is part of the ‘My Story’, featuring a collection of books about people in histories writing diaries about their days. I read this particular one quite recently, so I thought I would share my opinions with you.
Pompeii is set in-guess where-Pompeii, in AD 78, and a young girl called Claudia feels the floor shake. She is ‘convinced’ that it is a bad omen, and after that day even more portents happen. Eventually, the thing-which-must-happen happens, and the family has to escape from the burning rubble of the burning city.
This book didn’t really suit my taste; rather, it wasn’t realistic. The way the author wrote the diary sounded at parts as though a spoiled modern girl was being fussy and refusing to do something, like sew or wash. For example, there was a part in the book which went, “It was horrible horrible horrible!” which hardly suits the scene for an educated young lady living in one of the most prosperous cities of Rome during that time. Also, as you read through the story it turns from a badly-written adventure story to a Hollywood romance. About halfway through the book (which is short and quick for those nippy readers) Claudia meets a Barbarian slave boy who is sold to the arena-master, and is trained to fight and prepares for a battle to the death. Scared that her father will find out about these cuckoos in love, she turns to sneaking out into tiny passageways and making owl noises. Meet people including a crazed old man who blathers on about omens, and Claudia’s friend who is a fashion freak. A bad and unnecessary mix of modern and past points put together.
This book I’d probably recommend to youngers; no older than 11-12. A quick, short read and takes less than a day to read. It’s a mystery how I always read books quickly nowadays. Although it isn’t one for the ever going reasons of why this book doesn’t sum a good read.