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The same feelings sit with the heroes of our story. Justin and Adam are two youngsters getting ready to go on a family outing with their famous Aunt Isabel. Adam and Justin cannot wait for the adventures to start, after a Egypt - full of fantasy, adventure, secrets, curses, and treasure. Adam and Justin cannot wait for the adventures to start, after all, if an adventure was going to start anywhere, Egypt would be the place. Soon after the group arrives the mysteries start to unfold; a merchant slips free gifts to the boys in a hurry and runs off before the boys can question him or even thank him!
Cameras are broken and rucksacks are nabbed. Hidden messages, sacred objects, and danger at every stop. Throw in a smuggling ring, and this is turning into a true life story for these young boys. What the boys soon learn is that the real adventures are often more dangerous and frightening than they seem from the outside. Once fully immersed in the danger, you cannot wish yourself out. This is a grand adventure for any child who is looking for a journey to one of the most fascinating areas on the planet.
With all of the secrets Egypt still has to offer, people of all ages are drawn to this place as were the boys in the story. The pacing may be a bit slow for older readers, but I think any young adult will have a full experience with this book. The story really gripped my interest as the final chapters unfolded. The different tombs, areas, and the culture in this book will make even the most reluctant student want to pick up another book about Egypt.
This is the first of a series, and I have no doubt that the children will be waiting on pins and needles to get the next installment of the adventures of Adam and Justin. The boys are excited about visiting another country. Their Aunt tells them that the archaeologist, James Kinnaird, has disappeared while looking for the tomb of the Scarab King. The tomb of the Scarab King is just a legend and has never been proven to exist by any archaeologist. When they arrived in Cairo, they joined a tour group. A stranger gives three tiny scarabs to Adam. More odd things happen. Adam then discovers a fourth scarab in his back pocket.
What are theses mysterious scarabs? Is someone one following them? Is the legend of the Scarab King real? Adam and Justin must try to solve the mystery. Author Fiona Ingram mixes history and legends in this fast action adventure that keeps you reading till the very end. The characters are cleverly written. Young readers can easily step into the shoes of these two cousins and experienced this exciting adventure that takes you into the heart of Egypt. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Ingram's modern Egyptian adventure is a page-turner.
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Long has Egypt held young readers attention because of its mystic, hidden treasures, and hint of marvelous adventures. Ingram captures the nature of an real Egyptian visit and follows the boys from their arrival in Cairo along with their journey south to Abu Simbel and back to the Ingram's modern Egyptian adventure is a page-turner. Ingram captures the nature of an real Egyptian visit and follows the boys from their arrival in Cairo along with their journey south to Abu Simbel and back to the Valley of the Kings. In each site, readers are enveloped into the mystery, danger, and excitement right along with the characters.
I loved reading this. It just seems that nowhere else on Earth calls to more readers than Egypt.
Ingram delivers tons of information about ancient Egypt, from tomb raiding to mythology. It's a great read for boys, with two youngsters serving as the protagonists. If it had anything to do with treasure, I was in, just like Adam and Justin. There is so much to admire here. The locations have been well-researched, the story is replete with interesting, educational, historical and factual details and there are further notes at the end. It is very well-written and moves along at a cracking pace. I am not at all surprised that it has garnered awards and attracted a good number of enthusiastic, five-star reviews.
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab: The Chronicles of the Stone (Book 1)
Adam and Justin Sinclair have been yearning for an adventure since their journalist aunt, Isabel, invited them to accompany her and their Grandmother aka Gran on an Egyptian tour. Upon their arrival in Egypt, Aunt Isabel and the boys learn that renowned archaeologist James Kinnaird has gone missing while searching for an ancient tomb associated with a lesser-known ancient Egyptian ruler called the Scarab King.
As lovers of Egyptian culture, history and mythology, Adam and Justin immediately see this as their opportunity for adventure without understanding the considerable danger they'll encounter. The boys wander through the local bazaar searching for souvenirs when a peddler attempts to lure them away with the promise of showing them special scarabs.
Their interaction is interrupted by police officers who are looking for the suspicious peddler. Turning to flee, the peddler utters a secret word in haste to the boys and then quickly retreats from the pursuing lawmen. The boys discover later back at the hotel that the peddler also managed to drop an unusual looking scarab into Adam's backpack.
Determined to keep their adventure secret from their aunt and grandmother, Adam and Justin soon realize they are being followed and targeted by the wonderfully evil Dr. Kahlid—James Kinnaird's nemesis. It takes a while for Aunt Isabel to reconcile herself to the fact that they are caught in the middle of a dire situation and the only way out of it is to go through it. Once Aunt Isabel and Gran understand the danger they're in, they become great allies in aiding Adam and Justin to a dramatic outcome.
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is a well-written novel with a good story structure and very good character development, which is often lacking in young adult adventure tales. The characters work together effectively toward the author's ultimate desired conclusion. Ingram has superior descriptive skills that transport readers to sand swept Egypt, which keeps the novel moving despite the book's length.
The story contains lots of historical information as an added bonus for young readers. Laila, the tour guide, is a great source of factual data regarding Egyptian culture, landmarks, pharaohs and even hieroglyphics. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab could be an ideal book for middle school teachers and their students. We found the story to have a slightly slow start, mostly because of important background information readers will need as the novel progresses, so be patient. Once the story gets going, there are few breaks between action scenes and it is a thoroughly enjoyable read for tweens, parents and teachers.
Egyptian fantasy tales of adventure, secrets, curses and treasure are not particularly uncommon. Fortunately, the author doesn't get caught in the trap of trying to be a spinoff of a bigger, better-known brand. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab has its own authentic appeal with unique characters, a fine plot-driven story and an outstanding finish. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.
All the strange possibilities that waken the imagination when mummies are first introduced? The author places them on a plane for their first ever flight, and delightfully conveys their youthful excitement. The same sense of newness and adventure pervades the whole tale. They arrive in Egypt and we see the sights through their eyes, beautifully described so I long to go there too , but never devolving into travelogue.
And then the boys are placed in danger too. The boys must use their wits, intelligence and imagination, as must their grandmother in some truly hilarious scenes.
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Officials, good, bad and indifferent, intervene. Mysterious gifts bestow mysterious powers. She describes the steps of the tour very beautifully and convincingly, and she gives an entirely plausible background to the history of her tale. I really enjoyed this adventure and would recommend it to any adventure-loving readers of any age. Adam and Justin yearn for nothing less than a real-life adventure on their upcoming trip to Egypt. They get just what they're looking for — and then some — from the moment Adam is handed three scarabs from a mysterious peddler on their very first day in Cairo.
As the boys try to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of a famed archaeologist and his connection to the scarabs, they learn a pyramid's worth of information about ancient Egypt. The author has obviously done her research on ancie Adam and Justin yearn for nothing less than a real-life adventure on their upcoming trip to Egypt.
The author has obviously done her research on ancient Egypt! Through museums, temples, and tombs - despite kidnappers, thieves, and corruption - Adam and Justin passionately follow their dream of adventure and determination to know once and for all - is the Scarab King just a legend or does his treasure lay buried in the desert sands? Despite a few inaccuracies about modern day Egypt nagging probably only to me , this book would definitely find its place on my classroom library shelf! I love learning - and teaching - through stories and The Secret of the Sacred Scarab would make a great supplemental trade book to a unit on ancient Egypt, motivating reluctant learners and readers or providing an extension read for the more curious.
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab would be especially appealing to readers who prefer an action-packed plot. I want to be Adam. 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 stand at the pyramid of Giza, dream come true. Author Fiona Ingram did a fantastic job in describing every detail of Egypt.
I ho I want to be Adam. 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 year old's maybe a little younger and older both. Everyone loves a great adventure and treasure hunt!
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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. This is a book targeted to tweens but it still held my interest. Two young cousins, Adam and Justin are very excited about their trip to Egypt with their Aunt. And adventure they find.
While the boys are exploring a marketplace a strange peddler gives them several scarabs; three are quite ordinary but one is very unusual. From that point on the boys are a target of a madman who ultimately kidnaps them as part of a This is a book targeted to tweens but it still held my interest.
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From that point on the boys are a target of a madman who ultimately kidnaps them as part of a plot to steal ancient treasures. I don't want to give too much away but your tweens will be enthralled with this tale. The story manages to be both educational and compelling. Ingram teaches about ancient Egypt and about the wrongs committed by smugglers in a smooth fashion that ties into the plot. The characters are well developed and in some cases downright fun. The bad guys are very, very bad!
I think the target audience will find themselves racing through the pages to get to the very satisfying conclusion. The book is the first in what I hope is a long series. These boys are smart and fun. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram This is a tale of two boys visiting Egypt and their mysterious adventure eminently suitable for the young and even mature reader. This is a rousting adventure story for young readers. It had nothing inappropriate. There was violence but not overblown or dwelled upon.
The characters were likeable and painted clearly. Ingram did a very insightful work on the young male psychic. She clearly captures the age appropriate disregard for safety and sanenes The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram This is a tale of two boys visiting Egypt and their mysterious adventure eminently suitable for the young and even mature reader.
She clearly captures the age appropriate disregard for safety and saneness. Her protagonists blithely fly into danger with little caution for the consequences. It is refreshing to have an adventure story for this age group that has no vampires or wizards. The setting is aptly described. Young Indiana Jones stand back and watch Adam and Justin steal your thunder.
This is the first book in a series that is sure to please. I highly recommend the book. They were taken on one of their finest adventures ever by their Aunt and Grandmother, until weird and sinister things started happening and black robed characters with guns kept appearing around the corners. They were plagued with break ins, kidnappings and even murder.
This was truly a one in a million vacation, the story was well written with an intense and thrilling ending, fast pace and truly exciting.
Adventurous kids would enjoy this book. Adam reminded me of my 11 year old son. He wants adventure, thinks he can be Indiana Jones and I bought this book with him in mind. It suited his age perfectly and seemed to be written just for him! The illustrations were very well drawn, and my son thoroughly enjoyed it. Imagine my delight in realising this was the first in a series of seven books! The story revolves about two young boys on a family holiday to Egypt with their ecce Adam reminded me of my 11 year old son.
The story revolves about two young boys on a family holiday to Egypt with their eccentric gran and Aunt Isobel. They soon discover that a famous archaeologist is missing and Adam has a scarab slipped to him from a mysterious stranger. Full of mystery and adventure. Move over Harry Potter, welcome Adam and Justin! I love a good mystery, and this is a good mystery. There are a few predictable elements, but there is still plenty of suspense. The story is loaded with lots of factual detail about prehistoric Egypt, touring Egypt, and topical issues like protecting a national treasure.
Of the two boys, Adam is the more well-developed character, and he is the one kids will most likely connect with. To read our full review, go to the Reading Tub. Ancient Egypt has kept many secrets for millennia. Now two young cousins are coming to Egypt on holiday. This is a story of Adam and his older cousin Justin. They are on holiday with their Aunt and Grandmother when an apparent peddler in the street gives them three scarabs and slips a fourth into Adam's pocket. Now, some very dangerous men are trailing them. This is a well written story. It is intended for young adults but adult adults will enjoy it too.
I believe I've found a Christmas gift for Ancient Egypt has kept many secrets for millennia. I believe I've found a Christmas gift for my niece. The adventure as these two boys set out on their quest to find the tomb of the Scarab King is amazing. I got hours of enjoyment out of this book. Definitely worth picking up!
Egypt - full of adventure, magic, danger, secrets. Ingram brings that Egypt to life. Great story for middle schoolers - exciting, exotic, fun. Sometimes a book comes along that you want to read over and over again This is it. Thankfully I get the chance as my kids read this book and enjoy the adventure. Great book! Nov 17, Alice Gent rated it it was amazing. A fantastic children's book of non- stop action that has certainly renewed my interest in Ancient Egypt.
The first half of the book followed their explorations in Cairo, Memphis and then their cruise visiting temples and bazaars off the Nile. Having never quite done this style of holiday, I found this part fascinating, like visiting all these places and learning about their rich history wit A fantastic children's book of non- stop action that has certainly renewed my interest in Ancient Egypt. Having never quite done this style of holiday, I found this part fascinating, like visiting all these places and learning about their rich history without ever leaving my house.
I was so intrigued, I was soon googling all about the Shemsu-Hor and Neteru. I'd never realised the link between Atlantis and Ancient Egypt via Plato. I have to admit that even as a grown adult, I learnt a lot from this book! The history was presented in an exciting way that was sure to intrigue even the most reluctant of 11 year old historians! Then again a gang of evil Egyptians complete with a belly dancer, trying to kill you, is enough motivation for anyone to work out a mystery, I think! The second half turned into non-stop adventure in true Indiana Jones style with hidden treasures, collapsing tombs and of course the risk of 'the end of the world.
It was any school kid's dream. Find the hidden treasure, save the world, and be rewarded with a medal in front of all the children in your class. If I had to improve one thing, it would be that sometimes the head-hopping was a bit jarring. The first half of the book was told almost exclusively from Adam's point of view POV , which was easy to settle into.
Later the plot needed parts of the tale told from other's POV, such as Gran's hilarious adventure pretending to be the English queen, which saved them all. As these were separate chapters, that worked well. What I found tricky was when the POV all of a sudden changed mid section, flicking between Adam, Justin, Isabel and even the captain of the boat.
The most jarring point was when we suddenly understood Ismal's Arabic from a brief dive into Aziz's head. Having spent the whole book not knowing what the Egyptians were saying, it felt quite odd, and didn't add to the plot.
This is however something I suspect I notice as an adult that wouldn't put off a younger reader at all. All in all, I would highly recommend this read to all children between , especially those who struggle to read, and look forward to reading it to my own son, when he is old enough. It is exciting, educational and well put together.
Two cousins are caught up in thrilling and perilous exploits in the mysterious land of Egypt in the exciting children's adventure novel, The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram. Twelve-year-old Adam and thirteen-year-old Justin are excited to be traveling with their Aunt Isabel and Gran during their school holiday. Aunt Isabel is a prestigious investigative journalist, and she invited them all to accompany her on a tour in Egypt.
At Memphis, their first stop on the tour, a ragged peddler Two cousins are caught up in thrilling and perilous exploits in the mysterious land of Egypt in the exciting children's adventure novel, The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram. At Memphis, their first stop on the tour, a ragged peddler accosts the two boys. Astonishingly, instead of haggling over the price of his goods, the agitated man forces Adam to take his scarabs.
When the police move in their direction to investigate the effusive wrangling, the harried man disappears into the crowd. Then a young thief tries to get away with Aunt Isabel's camera. Not long after that, Adam has a harrowing experience at the Sphinx and is nearly killed. After a few more incidents, it becomes evident to Adam and Justin that when they received the unsolicited relics from the frantic stranger, they unwittingly got caught in a dangerous plot.
How will Adam and Justin survive in the unfamiliar exotic land of sand, sun, and crocodiles, with unknown adversaries pursuing them? Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. Description 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. 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. Khalid will stop at nothing to discover the Scarab King's tomb and claim its treasures.
But he has underestimated the boys' ingenuity.