The Eternal City, young adult novel by Paula Morris
Point/Scholastic U.S., 2015

Something soft as a feather brushed Laura’s face – one brush, then another. She looked up, afraid that the stone Cupid was busy shooting more birds. But all she could see above her was the a billowing charcoal cloud, with ash falling like gray snow from the sky.

Laura Martin is visiting Rome on a class trip, and she’s entranced by the majestic Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon . . . Everything in this city seems magical.

That is, until the magic seems to turn very dark.

Suddenly, statues of Cupid and ancient works of art come to life before her eyes. Earthquakes rumble and a cloud of ash forms in the sky. A dark-eyed boy with wings on his heels appears and gives her a message. Laura soon realizes she is at the center of a brewing battle – a battle between the gods and goddesses, one that will shake modern-day Rome to its core.

Reviews

“Morris writes exciting actions scenes, often shifting from the mundane to the supernatural with no warning. And she shows us a Rome full of beauty, mystery and possibility.”
– Iowa Gazette

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