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Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos Paperback – May 5, 2008
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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.
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2. Changing a baby's diaper for the first time.
3. Digesting aforementioned broken glass.
4. Selling a boy on a great adventuresome novel with a female heroine.
It's a bit of a stereotype but one with at least a grain of truth to it. Certain boys of a particular literary persuasion will offer an unpleasant amount of resistance to reading a book when its protagonist is of the feminine variety. This is understood. Few quibble the point. As a result, nine times out of ten a hero who discovers a fantastical world in a fantasy novel will sport a name like Harry or Percy or Sebastian (no one said they had to be manly names). This can make it difficult for girls heroes. Either they have to share the spotlight with a boy (and is pictured on the cover with him if the publisher has their way) or their heroine already exists in a world of her own when the action begins. The latter is the case with one Theodosia Throckmorton. If you called her "spunky" to her face she'd probably grind your foot beneath her boot heel. Theodosia isn't cute or plucky or wide-eyed. She's sly and clever with just half a sandwich more intelligence than her fellow man. "Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos" is not a perfect creation, but it has enough originality and sheer verve to make up for those imperfections a reader might find.
When you're living in Edwardian England as the child of easily distracted museum curators, you have to do a lot of growing up on your own. Theodosia Throckmorton , for her part, has done her fair share.Read more ›
Theodosia, who is "cleverer than most", has a rare natural gift for sensing ancient curses, and removing them. When her mother brings home a very important, and seriously cursed artifact, the Heart of Egypt, Theodosia finds herself at the heart of a conspiracy. She has to recover the artifact, after it's stolen by evil-doers, and go to great lengths to un-do the damage wrought by the Heart of Egypt. She wrestles with a secret brotherhood, German troublemakers, an appealing young pickpocket, and her pesky younger brother, Henry. Not to mention stowing away on a ship, facing scorpions, and removing a curse from her black cat. Through it all, Theodosia remains strong and smart, considerably more on top of things than her relatively hapless parents and snooty grandmother. She's very cool.
Theodosia has an appealingly snarky voice (the story is told in the first person). Here are a couple of examples:
"I weighed my options: being followed through the streets of London by a menacing stranger or catching a lift with Grandmother Throckmorton.Read more ›
Her mother's latest find is Thutmose's Heart of Egypt. Unfortunately, legend has it that whoever removes the Heart of Egypt from the tomb will bring about famine, plague and pestilence. Members of a secret society give Theo an important mission: return the Heart of Egypt to the tomb to save the British Empire!
Readers will enjoy Theodosia as she is precocious and a lot of fun. Her observations are dry and often hilarious. For example, she is able to identify one of the curators based on his signature scent of onions and boiled cabbage. She is also a sympathetic character because she has learned to be self-sufficient. While her parents love her, they often get caught up in their latest discovery. Theo has learned to fend for herself. She does what she can to get her parents' attention and admiration. Although Theo is often told she is a bit too clever for her own good, this trait helps her stay one step ahead of the villains.
This is a very well-written adventure story that will appeal to adult and younger readers. I started to read this book before going to bed, thinking that I would just read one or two chapters to start. I stayed up late because I kept turning the pages to find out what happened next.
I can't wait for Theodosia's next adventure! [...]
Armchair Interviews says: Two thumbs up for Theodosia Throckmorton!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 8-year old daughter loves the whole series. Strong, young, female main character outwitting grown ups. What's not for a kid to love.Published 22 days ago by David W.
I looooove the Theodosia series! She's very spunky, quick thinking with lots of wit and a relatable set of complaints.Published 4 months ago by Kelly Lowerey
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I found this book at a used bookstore and became... Read more
Strong female character, historical London setting, Egyptology, adventure - what's not to like? I bought it as a Kindle deal of the day, but was so charmed I then read it aloud to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Fulmer
Well, here we are . Spending time with yet another self-willed, lie-telling little sod. Such a weight of self aggrandizement nearly overwhelms her few, but considerable, gifts... Read morePublished 9 months ago by shiner
Such a great and creative writing,especially for the first book In the series! Awesome book you should totally read this!!!!Published 12 months ago by Seaside
Granddaughter loved it so I ordered the other three in the series. She is 12. She finished it in one setting of a few hours.Published 13 months ago by Dqindian44
A spunky young girl brings us on loads of adventures. Never a dull moment with Theodosia and her crew! A fast read for all ages. Even good adults that are still a kid at heart.Published 13 months ago by Shannon Boudreau