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Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh (The Theodosia Series) Hardcover – April 4, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Theodosia Series (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547390181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547390185
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
– A BookSense 2007 summer pick
– Starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly
– A Junior Library Guild selection
– Exclusive audio rights sold to Audible
– Included in Target’s fall ’09 plan-o-gram
– French, German, Polish and Italian rights sold
– Nominated for the Agatha Award (mystery writing) in Best Childrens/Young Adult category
– Selected for Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers (VOYA, 2007)
– Selected as one of the Top Ten Crime Fiction for Youth 2008, Booklist on-line
– A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year 2008

"A sure bet for Harry Potter fans.” – Booklist, starred review

"A perfect blend of mystery and humor.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers
– Selected for the Winter 2008-2009 Kid's Indie Next List
– Exclusive audio rights sold to Audible
– Enthusiastically reviewed for the Amazon Vine reading program
– Polish and French rights sold
– A Today Show Holiday Book Pick, 12/12/08
– Nominated for the 2009 Cybils awards
“Clever and exciting, just like the previous book, this also features a layered relationship between Theodosia and her grandmother. Nonstop action in a delightfully English package.” - Booklist

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus (spring ’10)

About the Author

R.L. LaFevers lives in Southern California. Learn more at her website:

Yoko Tanaka lives in Los Angeles and Bangkok with her husband and three cats. In addition to illustrating the Theodosia books, she has also illustrated The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo and a picture book, Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker. Her artwork can be found at

More About the Author

R. L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she's in really big trouble) grew up surrounded by shelves of old dusty books, a passel of brothers, and a wide variety of pets, including a goat, chickens, chipmunks, a baby anteater, and, for a few short weeks, two bear cubs, who were very wild and untamed. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren't there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction. She is the author of eight books for young readers, including Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) which received starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Booksense Summer Pick, and nominated for the Malice Domestic's Agatha Award. Kirkus calls her most recent book, Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ". . . an exciting tale." Look for the sequel, Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: The Basilisk's Lair (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in Spring of 2010.

R. L. lives in Southern California with her family and spends her time daydreaming, making up stories, and wallowing in old forgotten texts. Although she no longer has any exotic pets, she does have raccoons who visit her back porch, coyotes who howl at her window, and hawks that soar high overhead.

Customer Reviews

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The book is fast paced, well written, funny at times and very, very entertaining.
Lizz A. Belle
All of the Theodosia books can be read as a stand -alone, however, reading the previous books while not only fun, will explain things that happen along the way.
Having read all of the books in the Theodosia series, I have to admit this this is my favorite.
Biblioholic Beth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert on March 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the fourth book in the Theodosia Thockmorten series by R.L. LaFevers. This was my favorite book in the series so far, it really took the story to another level.

Theodosia has journeyed with her mother to Egypt supposedly to help her mom on an archaeological dig. Theodosia's real purpose it to return the Emerald tablet and other important artifacts to the protection of the Brotherhood so that they don't fall into the evil hands of the Serpents of Chaos.

I really enjoyed this book. Theodosia takes on more responsibility than in previous books and is really maturing; she has started making decisions that take the welfare of others into account. We also get some great new characters thrown into the mix.

In general it was just cool to have this book take place in Egypt. Theodosia finds out a ton of interesting things about her birth and history and about how she is tied into the ages long battle between the Serpents of Chaos and the Brotherhood. All in all a very solid addition to the series.

I continue to enjoy Theodosia's intelligence, snarky attitude, and ability to work her way through almost anything. There were a lot of twists and turns in this novel so it really kept me guessing and was hard to put down.

I did have one small complaint and that is things are getting complicated. Between the secret groups in London and the similar but separate secret groups in Egypt I was having a bit of trouble remember who belonged to what group and what the focus of each group was. This would have been clearer in my mind if I had read previous novels more recently.

Overall a great addition to the series. If you liked previous books you will like this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LibraryGirl2014 VINE VOICE on May 21, 2011
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I enjoyed reading this book, although I'm now in my early forties. The book is aimed at 9 - 12 year olds (or grades 4 - 7). I have not read any of the other books in the series, and this is the fourth in the series, so I wasn't sure how easy or difficult it would be to "catch up" with the characters. The author has the main character (Theodosia) appear in chapter 1 writing a list, while traveling by train to meet her mother. The list summarizes the main plot and characters involved in the series so far, and while it isn't the most exciting way to begin a novel, it helps if you are completely new to the story and only able to begin with Book 4.

As a child at this age, I remember being very fascinated by all things Ancient Egyptian. I read every book I could find at the public library on the topic, including several fiction books I remember fondly.

Children (and adults) who enjoy the Theodosia series (or just enjoy all age-level books about Ancient Egypt)might want to dig up these classics as well:

Time Cat, by Lloyd Alexander Time Cat (Puffin Modern Classic) (Puffin Modern Classics)
The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder The Egypt Game
Wraiths of Time, by Andre Norton Wraiths of Time (Tor Fantasy)
Cat in the Mirror, by Mary Stolz
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacee on December 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've read all of the Theodosia books and I was very excited to read this last book. It feels like the series has come to an end, but I am secretly holding out for Theodosia to grow up and marry one of the young boys in her exciting adventures! Haha! The books are incredibly easy to read and they are fun to exaggerate. I definately plan on reading this series to my daughter (currently 2 years old) when she gets a little older. I'm sure she will love the adventure as much as I did. The author has done a great job of grasping the innocence of Theodosia while also making her whimsy and reliably 11 years old. Read this series for an easy and exciting read for the young ones and the young at heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on April 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
Review by Sofia H., age 9, Denver Mensa

Theodosia and The Last Pharaoh is an exciting and entertaining story about a girl named Theodosia who goes on an interesting adventure. She goes through lots of different mysteries and meets a young boy named Gadji. She sets off to Egypt to return the Emerald tablet, traveling with her cat Isis. While in Egypt things don't exactly go as planned and she gets tangled up in more mysteries. Brush up on your Egyptian history for this one!
I think other kids would enjoy it because it is a mystery and adventure story and kids that like mystery and adventure will definitely like this. Like with all series books you should probably read the books in order. I only read the 4th book so it was a bit confusing.
My favorite part in the story was when Theodosia met Gadji, the donkey boy. I liked it because Gadji and Theodosia had to work together to get away from the mad men that were chasing them. It was an exciting part.
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