Morris, Paula The Eternal City, 304 p. Point (Scholastic), 2015. $18. Language: G, Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (lots of fighting, not graphic).
Laura Morris, 17, is at the tail end a school trip to Europe when a volcano erupts, causing their plane to be delayed and making most of their group sick. It isn’t until she sees a boy appear in a cascade of water in the Pantheon that Laura has an inkling that there is something other-worldly about the bad things happening to her and her group. And it all traces back to the bead on a bracelet that her grandfather gave to her before he died. The gods and goddesses of Rome are fighting and Laura is the object of their ire. With the help of a couple of classmates and a few muses made human, Laura may survive the next few days.
Unfortunately, Morris takes quite a while to lumber into the action and core of this adventure. It is almost like she couldn’t decide if this were a romance or an adventure. From the tag lien on the cover (The past never dies…), I was hoping for a much different book. This would be a good book to grab from the Scholastic book fair when it shows up.
MS, HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS