Kings Mountain Intermediate School

Kings Mountain, North Carolina

Hello, 5th and 6th graders! I visited you to talk about my book, Bodies from the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii.

I told you about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 and the destruction of Pompeii. I explained how Pompeii was rediscovered some 1700 years later. Early excavators were interested in the valuable items that they found in the volcanic debris. Eventually, they realized that, if they filled the hollow area around any skeletons that they discovered, they would be able to recreate the person at the time that he or she died. The plaster casts created a sensation around the world.

After my presentation I answered your questions. Thank you for your warm welcome and for your Positive Behavior. You have a great school!

An attentive audience at KMIS


Explaining the eruption of Mount Vesuvius

Lining up to ask questions


I'd like to thank Christy Conner of the Mauney Memorial Library and Tonnie A. Bearfield of KMIS for making my visit possible.