Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram

                                          






            
Title: THE SECRET OF THE SACRED SCARAB
Author: Fiona Ingram
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-0-595-45716-8                       
Publication date: 1 December 2008
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, adventure, 262 pages (includes map and graphics). 


A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives two young South African tourists, Adam and Justin Sinclair, an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They survive terrifying dangers in a hostile environment (such as a giant cobra, as well as sinking sand), pursued by enemies in their quest to solve the secret of the sacred scarab. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out. They must also learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive … only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!

My review:

I want to be Adam. What an INCREDIBLE vacation to take with your Aunt and Grandma..TO EGYPT! Egypt is HONESTLY one of my bucket list destinations. I am forever fascinated with Egyptian History, legends, culture and lore. I would love to go to the Valley of the Kings just to admire it all! To see the Sphinx (although NOT in the manner Adam did) would be breathtaking. To stand at the pyramid of Giza, dream come true. 

Author Fiona Ingram did a fantastic job in describing every detail of Egypt. I honestly felt as though I was on the bus with Adam and his family, standing in front of the must see places of Egypt and sweating! The heat of Egypt may be the one thing that will keep me from visiting if it really is how Adam describes it (not a fan of the heat)!

I loved this book. It was an absolute joy to read. I can honestly see it appealing to 11-14 year old's (maybe a little younger and older both). Everyone loves a great adventure and treasure hunt! To add in anything Egyptian makes for an incredible adventure! This book reminded me of The Hardy Boys Mystery series (my absolute favorite as a young girl).  The book is told from the view point of preteen Adam but not through the eyes of a child. The descriptions and scenes are so real. 

I can't wait for my son to get the privilege of reading this book in a few years. 


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Awards:
* Finalist Children's Fiction USA Next Generation 2009 Indie Book Awards
* Finalist Juvenile Fiction USA National Best Books 2009 Awards
* Winner Pre-Teen USA 2009 Readers' Favorites Awards
* Number 2 in the USA Children's & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favourite Books of    2009 for Kids, Tweens & Teens
* Winner Silver Medal Teen Fiction 2010 Nautilus Book Awards
* Finalist Children’s Fiction 2010 International Book Awards
* Winner Bronze Medal Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards
* Finalist Children’s Fiction 2010 Rubery Book Awards 

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for a wonderful review! Yes it is very hot in Egypt, but the airconditioning works perfectly everywhere and it's very cool inside the temples and on the Nile, so please experience Egypt as soon as you can. Adam and Justin's adventures continue in Book Two in The Search for the Stone of Excalibur so I will keep you posted.

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  2. Yes please do keep me posted! I would love to review the next book! I can't wait to go on another adventure with Adam and Justin. I honestly feel like I am a young girl again reading The Hardy Boy mysteries but they never went to Egypt...one of the most fascinating places on Earth to me!!

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  3. This book sounds amazing. I love Egypt and would love to take a trip there. This book sounds like something I could really get into. I also enjoy mysteries. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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