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Hieroglyph: TC's Adventures Book 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – September 30, 2016
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About the Author
Wendy has a NZ Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch. Wendy writes adult fantasy as Wendy Scott and children’s stories as WJ Scott. In 2012 Hieroglyph was selected by NZSA for one of five mentorships (mentor author Anna McKenzie). Hieroglyph won the Gold Medal in the UK Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2015, 9-12 year category, and the Silver Medal in the International Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, Children’s/Preteen 2016.
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Our story opens and we are introduced to our heroine, thirteen year old T.C. Harrington, sitting in the Principal’s office while her Aunt Letty is within, battling with ‘Mr. D.’ regarding an accusation of theft against T.C. The scene is used both to introduce Letty, (her green-peace save-the-whales vegetarian guardian), as well as give us an idea of some of T.C.’s somewhat unusual life circumstances. We learn that she is an A student, an orphan, has lived all over the world while in the company of her archaeologist parents, prior to their mysterious demise, and that she has a strange power, hinted at but not completely revealed, that causes her to affect gloves as a form of protection.
As the confrontation with Mr ‘D’ comes to a close the story shifts almost immediately into high gear. T.C. is ‘suspended’ from school, resulting in her Aunt declaring that she was planning to take T.C. away from her boarding school in New Zealand in any case for a ten day holiday in Australia with her Uncle Max (Letty’s twin brother). Max is also an archaeologist and he is on the verge of a great discovery which may change the course of recorded history. No sooner than we (the reader) can draw breath – T.C. is on a plane to Sydney.
If all this seems like a lot, it is, and the whirlwind of events that comprise this story only pick up pace from this point. The action and adventure elements of this tale are relentless and somewhat forced by its abbreviated timeline. The only way forward for the reader is to dive in and be swept away, and for a YA type audience this certainly will not disappoint. There is also a very interesting Egyptian twist in the story – no spoilers – but T.C. is certainly not the only hero!
I gave this book a rating of four stars, though it probably would only bear this rating when considered through a YA genre lens. As a work of general fiction it is lacking a consistent plot structure and it relies too heavily on coincidental plot elements and somewhat stereotypical characters. Overall what saves this work is the author’s good writing and the interesting premise and twist in the tale.
All that said, I did enjoy this short read and I look forward to other works by this author. Recommended for a YA audience.
There are so many levels on which this book is encouraging and empowering, showing that she has an amazing life, and even though her parents have vanished, she was left with the imprints of their talents, gifts, and love of history.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and would highly recommend it to any person who is young in age, or young at heart!. Beautifully done!.