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MYSTERY OF THE EGYPTIAN AMULET: Adventure Books For Kids Ages 9-12 (Zet Mystery Case) by [Peters, Scott]
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Historical Novel Society:
Peters is such a natural and gifted storyteller, so adept at bringing the sights and sounds and smells of ancient Egypt alive, that readers of all ages will be swept along. (The God Catcher)
--Steve Donoghue, Historical Novel Society, 2012, All rights reserved
  
"a very happy and rewarding find" ~ PopBop, AMAZON TOP 500 Reviewer
 
"5 Stars, a story that will have readers turning pages"  ~ Mallory Anne-Marie Haws, Amazon TOP 1000 Reviewer
  
"An amazing page turner!!!" ~ Alyssa

From the Author

Q: Why do you think people love ancient Egypt?
A: Most readers will agree--something magical happens the first time you hear about ancient Egypt. Maybe you see a mummy movie or visit a museum. Or, like me, a teacher hands you a mysterious worksheet at school. At that moment of discovery, a jolt grips you with intense curiosity. 
  
Q: Fascination draws you in?
A: Exactly. Who were these people? What did their strange symbols mean? How did they create such intense history and what were their daily lives like? You wonder what it would be like to walk the streets of ancient Egypt and see what they saw.
  
Q: What defining moment made you write about ancient Egypt?
A: On a school field trip to a museum, I saw a mummy in a glass case. The mummy's fingers were poking through the wrappings. When I got over how wonderfully creepy it looked, something happened. It dawned on me that those fingers, that hand, once did normal human things; tucked a child in at night, held another person's hand, brushed hair out of eyes on windy days. All thousands of years ago. Somehow, the emotion of the person was still there in that mummy. He wasn't just an artifact. He was a person with stories to tell. I decided then and there I wanted to give life to the ancient past in a way that was fun and approachable.

Q: What message do you have for your readers?
A: I know many of you are Egypt obsessed like me. Thanks for letting me share my love of ancient Egypt with you.
  
Zet mystery books:
    Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll
    Mystery of the Egyptian Amulet
    Mystery of the Egyptian Temple
  
Also By Scott Peters:
    Secret of the Egyptian Curse
  
NEW!
    Scott Peters' Secret Book Of Mummies: 101 Ancient Egypt Mummy Facts & Trivia

Product Details

  • File Size: 6710 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Best Day Books For Young Readers (January 16, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P4C4P6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 17, 2015
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This book, which is the second of the Zet stories, offers main characters who are developed far beyond the usual for a middle grade mystery, as well as an intriguing and fast paced mystery/adventure. But where the book truly excels is in its ancient Egyptian setting.

The story is set in the time and place of fabulous and romantic New Kingdom Egypt. Scott Peters has written other works for kids that explore ancient Egypt, (and mummies!), and he has seamlessly drawn all of that scholarship into the sights, sounds, colors, and feel of his Zet mysteries. The history and the descriptions of everyday life and conditions are introduced subtly and naturally in the context of the telling of the adventure story. We learn about what people ate and wore and worked at even as we investigate a sort of Hardy Boys style mystery

For starters, we get two kids, Zet and Kat, (a brother and sister team), who are relatable and appealing and yet clearly of their time and circumstance. Then we add friends and family and neighbors. Merimose the local medjay, (policeman), is a regular character, as are a few of Zet and Kat's fellow stall keepers in the local market. This is all presented in broad brushstrokes which keeps it interesting and entertaining even while it is informative in a general and impressionistic way. The fact that there is a mystery, thefts, talk of demons, and loads of chases and a big action finish, just keeps the excitement and interest level high all of the way through to the satisfying conclusion. Because the overall writing style is direct and basic it seems that it best lends itself to being read by kids moving beyond chapter books but not quite ready for more demanding fare.

So, a very happy and rewarding find with a lot of middle grade reader appeal. A very nice book to recommend.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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I am reading this story to my sixth graders. They are quite pleased. They like the characters and it gives the study of the ancient world a bit of glamor and interest that it might otherwise not have. Of course the book is easy enough for them to read it to themselves but this book has created interest in historical fiction which did not exist before. Several students want to borrow the book.
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I wish this book had been around when I was a youth reader. I enjoyed it as an adult and I am sure youth will too. Plenty of adventure and working out the clues to come to a conclusion. Order one for a young person in your life and one for yourself too!
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My 7-year old and I have been reading this one chapter at a time. We aren't done yet, as he is reading it to me and I assist with any words he has problems with, but he enjoys it very much so far and will ask if we can read the mystery book. :-)
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Review of Zet and the Egyptian Amulet Mystery

A very enjoyable historical mystery, with a target audience of middle graders, "Zet and the Egptian Amulet Mystery," and its predecessor, "Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll," are delightful for YA and adult readers too. Filled with good characterization and characters who readily elicit empathy, great historical detail, and the conviction that humanity in historical eras was no different in personality or character than those in contemporary society, this is an easy read and a pleasurable read.

Author Scott Peters deftly weaves mystery, history, and likable characters (and their opposition, those nasty villainous guys, plus in this case, rumours of a demon army) into a story that will have readers turning pages to see how Zet, his sister, and their best friend, jewelry apprentice Hui, can solve the multiple mysteries, and stay alive and in good condition while doing just that.

I reviewed an e-book copy provided by the author in return for my fair and impartial review.
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Ancient Egypt, secrets, mysteries, demon ghosts, golden scarabs and Secret Agent Zet -- a great combination. This new book by Scott Peters is a fun read. Scott really knows his subject and its great to follow Zet and Kat through the dark temples, narrow alleys, and bustling marketplaces of ancient Egypt as they try to solve a mystery before danger strikes again.
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I choose this rating because it was definatly one of my better reads. I just loved how this story kept my guessing just about the entire time!! I would have to reccomend this book, as well as the entire Secret Agent Zet series, to any one who is interested in mystery stories.
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This book was a free eBook I received from online book review company when I first started reading it I was a bit concerned because the author mentions in the book another book that came before it so this was part of a series book two I suppose ,but the good thing is that it didn't throw me off reading it out of order . this book is about a boy name Zet who lives in Egypt with his sister mom and baby brother .Zet stumbles into solving mystery's around the city he had solved a mystery involving him capturing a man who was plotting to kill the pharaoh . after that Zets reputation had been pretty good until the pottery that he ordered for the women in town for the Opet festival went missing he runs the pottery stall in a market with his sister Kat they took over for his father who is away fighting a war .his mother stay at home with their baby brother taking care of the house .not only is the pottery the women ordered not arrived yet but his bestfriend Hui who is apprenticed to the best jewelry repair workshop in town hasn't answered or sent any letter and Zet has tried to go and see him he was scared away by a huge guard who .

Rumors are flying around about a demon army that is going to show up at the Opet festival a yearly festival that the city has where everyone throws parties and make special food and celebrates .There have also been jewels stolen from houses all over the city ,someone has been stealing scarab amulets but nothing else is taken and all reports from owners say they don't find anything has been missing .
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