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The Last Girls of PompeiiI have loved some of Lasky’s earlier books (Beyond the Burning Time, Night Journey, Beyond the Divide). The Last Girls of Pompeii is an interesting read, but isn’t one her best. In spite of that, it was a good story, full of historical details about Pompeii that add a sense of reality to her fictional tale. The book takes place in the days before the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Julia is the daughter of a wealthy shipbuilder. Sara is the family’s slave, and Julia’s personal attendant and best friend. When Julia’s parents make a decision that will change both Julia’s and Sara’s futures, the girls must decide how to take their future into their own hands.