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The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid [Kindle Edition]

Rick Riordan
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Book Description

From the creator of the hit Percy Jackson series, this new fantasy brings ancient Egyptian mythology to life in a vivid modern-day setting.

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Starred Review. Grade 4–9—Riordan takes the elements that made the "Percy Jackson" books (Hyperion) so popular and ratchets them up a notch. Carter, 14, and Sadie, 12, have grown up apart. He has traveled all over the world with his Egyptologist father, Dr. Julius Kane, while Sadie has lived in London with her grandparents. Their mother passed away under mysterious circumstances, so when their father arrives in London and wants to take them both on a private tour of the British Museum, all is not necessarily what it seems. The evening ends with the apparent destruction of the Rosetta Stone, the disappearance of Dr. Kane, and the kidnapping of Carter and Sadie. More insidiously, it leads to the release of five Egyptian gods, including Set, who is their mortal enemy. Carter and Sadie discover the secrets of their family heritage and their ability to work magic as they realize that their task will be to save humanity from Set, who is building a destructive red pyramid inside Camelback Mountain in Phoenix. The text is presented as the transcript of an audio recording done by both children. Riordan creates two distinct and realistic voices for the siblings. He has a winning formula, but this book goes beyond the formulaic to present a truly original take on Egyptian mythology. His trademark humor is here in abundance, and there are numerous passages that will cause readers to double over with laughter. The humor never takes away from the story or from the overall tone. A must-have book, and in multiple copies.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
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*Starred Review* Since their mother's death, six years ago, 12-year-old Sadie Kane has lived in London with her maternal grandparents while her older brother, 14-year-old Carter, has traveled the world with their father, a renowned African American Egyptologist. In London on Christmas Eve for a rare evening together, Carter and Sadie accompany their dad to the British Museum, where he blows up the Rosetta Stone in summoning an Egyptian god. Unleashed, the vengeful god overpowers and entombs him, but Sadie and Carter escape. Initially determined to rescue their father, their mission expands to include understanding their hidden magical powers as the descendants of the pharaohs and taking on the ancient forces bent on destroying mankind. The first-person narrative shifts between Carter and Sadie, giving the novel an intriguing dual perspective made more complex by their biracial heritage and the tension between the siblings, who barely know each other at the story's beginning. The first volume in the Kane Chronicles, this fantasy adventure delivers what fans loved about the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: young protagonists with previously unsuspected magical powers, a riveting story marked by headlong adventure, a complex background rooted in ancient mythology, and wry, witty twenty-first-century narration. The last pages contain a clever twist that will leave readers secretly longing to open their lockers at the start of school. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan

Product Details

  • File Size: 6076 KB
  • Print Length: 529 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1423113381
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (May 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E8P9G0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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258 of 286 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent adventure May 4, 2010
Going into this book I had very high expectations. After all, the Percy Jackson books are such a wonderful and unique offering in children's literature. They are funny, witty, filled with action and adventure, they breathe life into some of my favorite myths... They are hard to top. Pretty much this book is what would happen if the 39 Clues series and Percy Jackson books had a baby. There is alot more information being tossed out in this book than in Percy Jackson, but much more fun and mythology than the 39 Clues.

In this first of the Kane Chronicles, Riordan again does a great job of combining humor with action and adventure. This book as a lot to explain in terms of the mythology it is based on, I think most readers on average know less about Egyptian mythology than Greek. However, Riordan again explains it in a way that brings it to life. And once all of the ground work is laid in terms of what is going on in the story everything zooms along at a really fun pace.

Carter and Sadie Kane were raised separately after the sudden and tragic death of their mother. Carter has spent the last half dozen years traveling the world with his father, a noted Egyptologist. Living out of a suitcase and never staying in one place for long, Carter is quiet and a little socially awkward. Sadie on the other hand was raised in London by her grandparents. Even though she's the younger of the two she has a much more forceful personality than her brother. She is loud, wears combat boots and streaks her hair with crazy colors. Carter and his father only are allowed to see Sadie twice a year.

Carter and Sadie barely know each other when the actions of their father leave them on a crazy adventure with only a cat, named Muffin, to help them out.
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97 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scoot Over Percy Jackson, The Kanes Are HERE! May 4, 2010
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I must say, when I read the Percy Jackson series, I instantly liked it. I enjoyed the whole Greek Pantheon of ancient gods & goddesses, magic, etc. So, naturally, I wanted to read "The Red Pyramid" to see if it had the same magic. I can happily say that it does and then some. I would even volunteer that I liked "The Red Pyramid" even more than the Percy Jackson books for several reasons.

First, in "The Red Pyramid", we're introduced to two amazing lead characters who both share in the story's narration. Carter Kane, age 14, is an African American teen who has lived with his father, Julius, his entire life...due to what is described as an ugly custody battle between Julius and his former in-laws (Julius' wife, mother to both Carter and Sadie Kane, died when the children were quite young). Sadie Kane, age 12, looks caucasian (taking after their mother) with light skin, blue eyes, and hair she likes to put colored streaks throughout. Because of the custody agreement, Sadie lives in London year-round with her grandparents - seeing her brother and father only two times per year, which has resulted in the siblings being more like distant relatives to each other. Julius is an archeologist, traveling around the world studying ancient Egyptian artifacts and bringing his son Carter along with him wherever he goes. Carter, because of his father's teachings, is an awkward 14 year old boy, a bit hesitant and unsure of himself. Sadie, on the other hand, despite being two years younger than Carter, is quite a bit more bold, quick to speak her mind and very sure of herself and her opinions. I must say, I loved both Carter and Sadie Kane...for their differences as well as how they grow together as siblings! I cannot reveal much more than this without revealing too much of the book...
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but a little lengthy July 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I know I am a little late catching up to the Kane Chronicles, but I must say that I love the new series by Rick Riordan and I'm very happy that he's switched from Greek to Egyptian mythology. I always felt that his books were great tools to enlighten and interest youngsters on ancient history, which is a nice touch. This series carries the history torch as well. Thought this first book was great and it did keep me interested but every once in awhile a few of those 41 chapters dragged, which is why I gave it 4 stars. The story could have been tightened up a bit and it would have been more engaging. Still, it was a fun read and I am sure others will enjoy it. I hope they turn this series into movies as well. Should translate nicely.
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43 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Adventure Begins May 4, 2010
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Because I so thoroughly enjoyed Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (first book: The Lightning Thief), I was happy to see a new series from him coming so soon after The Last Olympian. Riordan is smart enough not to mess too much with success - The Kane Chronicles also deals with ancient gods - this time Egyptian - and kids with newly discovered special powers. Luckily, he is also talented enough to keep this, the first of a planned trilogy, from seeming like a carbon copy of the characters and adventures found in the Percy Jackson series.

Sadie and Carter Kane are siblings who were separated quite young in life after the death of their mother. (Aside: I loved that their father is African American and their mother Caucasian - I'm all for increasing cultural diversity in children's and YA books.) Carter traveled the world with his archeologist father while Sadie, his junior by two years, lived a more "normal" life in England with their grandparents. They only spend two days a year together with their father and it is on one of these occasions that we are dropped into their story. The action begins immediately with explosive displays of magic and the disappearance of their father. The siblings - whose powers are enhanced when they are together (which turns out to be one reason why they were raised separately) - begin making one startling discovery after another about themselves and their family and are set on course to rescue their father and (of course) to save the world from the evil forces their father unwittingly released from the Rosetta Stone. A variety of ancient Egyptian forces - both good and evil - appear to help or hinder them on their quest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maci's Review - The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan
Hi – We wanted you to know a little about us, before you read this review – We are Maci and Zoe - twins in the tenth grade and are thrilled to share our love of books with you. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Maci and Zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining...
As with all of Rick Riordan's work that I've read so far, this is a fun-to-read and a very well told story surrounding Egyptian mythology. The main characters are likable. Read more
Published 7 days ago by cdl2386
5.0 out of 5 stars Good characters and an imaginative plot make for a good ...
My grandson and I both read Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles, which gives us something more to talk about than video games. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sandra Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Young Adult Books I Have Read This Year.
I really thought that the book was really awesome. I loved both Sadie, and Carter. What I loved so much about it is that right from the very beginning the story sucked me right... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars Deborah review
I have read many books and I have never read a book that I loved as much as this book. It is amazing. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Temesgen
5.0 out of 5 stars The red pyramid
This book was good because of the magic and the fighting. I didn't think that it would be exciting at the beginning, but it was so AWESOME.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it.
My daughter, 9 y.o., loved it.
Published 16 days ago by Jennifer York
1.0 out of 5 stars 12-14 age group
Juvenile adventure. Many complex Egyptian mythological concepts. Would likely interest nerds and geeks. Romance is uninspiring.
Published 18 days ago by Robert G Layton
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This book is amazing!! 5 stars!!! Go Carter and Sadie Kane!! I love all the action in this book. Worth the price.
Published 18 days ago by Emily A. Krieger
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book. I liked it and was interested in the events and magic in it.
Published 23 days ago by Gianna Guarnera
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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.

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The sequel won't be out until spring 2011. Riordan says he is hoping to put out a Heroes of Olympus book every fall and a Kane Chronicles book every spring so that each series will have a new installment every year. Basically while the Lost Hero is being released and promoted he will be writing... Read More
Oct 2, 2010 by KAC |  See all 6 posts
He not only has tapped into a great genre, but he has proven himself qualified to write them.

Just finished this book last night, and he has created a book with its own identity from percy jackson, while sharing much heritage in common with its predecessors. I also liked the references to keep... Read More
Jun 13, 2010 by Cory |  See all 6 posts
First chapter posted on disney website
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Thanks for the link! I love the fact that you can flip the pages as you read the chapter. The book looks great. I can't wait for it to debut!
Feb 22, 2010 by WriterGal |  See all 2 posts
If you were the writer...
I would not and could not dream of changing any of Rick Riordan's books and i dont believe that this story would go well if it did not feauture the egyptian gods.
Jul 2, 2011 by Heels Down Eyes Up |  See all 3 posts
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Have read all these books. how do you like them?
Jul 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer |  See all 2 posts
did they ever air the film version (for PBS, was it?), and did anyone... Be the first to reply
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