Cousins Justin and Adam are ecstatic about accompanying their aunt to Egypt. Both love adventure and know the work of James Kinnaird, an archaeologist searching for the tomb of an ancient Egyptian ruler, the Scarab King. Some dismiss the tomb as legend, but Justin and Adam believe differently.From the moment their plane lands, Justin and Adam bounce from one mysterious event to another, starting from the moment a street peddler gives Adam an ancient scarab. Dr. Khalid, head of the department of antiquities and research at the Egyptian Museum, shows excessive interest in the cousins and their relic. Then, when the boys learn that James Kinnaird is missing, they realize something sinister is afoot.Kidnapped and taken across the desert, the boys are plunged into serious danger and chased by ruthless enemies. Dr. Khalid will stop at nothing to discover the Scarab King’s tomb and claim its treasures. But he has underestimated the boys’ ingenuity.Join Justin and Adam as they evade their captors and unravel the secrets of the Scarab King. Relying on their wits, courage, and each other, the boys must solve the mystery of the sacred scarab and rescue James Kinnaird before time runs out.
My Review: This is not my usual type of book to choose to read because first of all I teach little kids (7 and 8 years old) and second I am pretty much a girly type woman. Having said that – I loved this book and found it hard to put down! The writing is superb, the story line is captivating, and the characters are very likable.
I would also have to say this book is a candidate for the saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” The cover did NOT give me any incentive to read this book. I’m so glad I got past the cover!
I really know nothing about ancient Egypt, though I have taught enough years to know that middle grade kids have a great fascination for it – just as younger kids love dinosaurs. The story also fulfills the desires of middle grade children to be heroes and to be involved in something much bigger than themselves.
From the moment I read the first paragraph, I was hooked. The boys are bright and inquisitive, the aunt and grandma are women I would love to know. The book is full of action and mystery. This book in my opinion is a total winner.
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab was nominated as a Finalist in the Children’s Fiction section of 2009 USA Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as well as the USA National Best Books 2009 Awards.
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is available through Amazon.com, B&N, and independent or chain bookstores.