Ingram has crafted a fascinating story of adventure. Ancient Egypt is a topic that captivates most young adults, and Ingram incorporates information about Egypt's modern culture, as well as ancient legend. --Whitney Hallberg, Foreword Literary Review Magazine
This is entertainment for readers up to age 14 and for those who wish they were 14 again. It is at once adventure and history, art and architecture, humor and redemption, travel writing and social studies, and great fun. Fiona Ingram presents this as her first of seven in a series Chronicles of the Stone
. --Barbara Milbourn, Writers in the SkyThis is one of the most thrilling children's books that I have read in a long time. Fiona Ingram has combined an exciting story filled with adventure and suspenseful mystery to keep the reader turning the pages with a lot of interesting factual information about the history and geography of Egypt. --Wayne Walker, Stories for Children Magazine
The story is loaded with lots of factual detail about prehistoric Egypt ... and topical issues like protecting national treasure. There is plenty of action and some history in this mystery adventure for preteens. This is a very enjoyable story and would make a great selection for a history buff or mystery lover. --Terry Doherty, The Reading Tub This middle grade fiction book reminded me why I fell in love with reading in the first place. The author has a great writing style, and a great sense of humor that shines through her writing. It's books like this that spark a love of reading. -- Trish Collins, TLC Book Tours
From the Author
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab was inspired by a trip I took to Egypt with my Mom and my two nephews, then aged 10 and 12. We had an amazing time exploring this wonderful, ancient culture. When I came back I thought a short story with my young relatives as the heroes would be a unique memory of an amazing trip. I also put myself in as the boys' aunt and my mother in as their intrepid adventure-loving Gran. Many of the characters and events in the book were inspired by people we met and our experiences in Egypt. Six months later I was hard at work in the first book and had already planned an entire series. If you love history, geography, action, adventure, archaeology and a story that grips you from page one (plus lots of danger!) then this is the book for you. This will also appeal to anyone who wants to save the world or (for those readers a little older) remembers their plans to do so!