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SECRET OF THE EGYPTIAN CURSE: Kids of Ancient Mythology by [Peters, Scott]
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Historical Novel Society
Set in the ancient Egypt of 1323 BC, this is the story of a boy named Ramses who has great skill at drawing but, when we meet him, horrible luck: his parents have died, and their farm has passed to his imperious, short-tempered Aunt Zalika and Uncle Hay, who install themselves in the family home, install their sickly son Sepi in Ramses' old room, and send Ramses himself out to work in the fields with the rest of the hired hands. Fortunately, the farm manager and his wife are kind people who stick up for Ramses--and he also gets along quite well with his cousin, who one day informs him that the revered temple called the Place of Truth is looking outside its own dwindling ranks for a new apprentice. There's to be a contest, and Ramses longs to compete, despite all the obstacles in his way. This novel is billed as a young adult story, but 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. 
--Steve Donoghue, Historical Novel Society, 2012, All rights reserved
 
  

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.
  
Other books by Scott Peters:
Scott Peters' Secret Book Of Mummies
  
Zet mystery books:
    Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll
    Zet and the Egyptian Amulet Mystery
    Zet and the Egyptian Temple Mystery

Product Details

  • File Size: 4668 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Best Day Books For Young Readers (April 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WEPFSY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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This might be a "kid's book", but like "Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll, Secret Agent Zet", I recommend this to anyone, of any age. You find yourself on the edge of your seat hoping Ramses prevails. His gift has been deemed unholy by the priests. Only his father, mother, and the farm manager believe in him and his gift. His journey is long, filled with challenges and danger.
There's enough history, details of Egyptian life, adventure and mystery to satisfy any reader. It could have been longer, but was complete as it was. I just hope there might be another book in the works.
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Five stars for awesome characters! I totally fell in love with them, despite our cultural barrier, and found myself rooting for Ramses during the entire roller-coaster of a journey. The boy is born with a gift that no one can explain and everyone sees as a curse- except Ramses father and mother. After they die and his aunt takes over the farm, Ramses finds life getting harder and harder. His only hope of escaping a life of insignificance and abuse is to use his ability- but how can he if the whole world is out to get him?
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"The God Catcher" is a heartwarming adventure that's set in ancient Egypt and revolves around a young boy's struggle to become an apprentice to the Chief Scribe, the governor of an artisan village called the Place of Truth. A gifted artist whose pictures take on a life of their own, Ramses is little more than slave labour on the farm his aunt and uncle confiscated after the death of his parents. Continually thwarted by his aunt who wants her son to win the examination that will determine the next apprentice, Ramses is equally determined to enter his submission if he can procure a piece of papyrus which could entail dealing with a devious grave robber and his henchmen.
In a subplot Neferet, the Chief Scribe's daughter and apprentice to the village healer is continually tormented by Layla, a jealous rival who hates her because of her friendship with Paneb, the former apprentice who leaves the village to seek his fortune in Memphis. But when the lives of Ramses and Neferet collide not only will a lasting friendship emerge but both will overcome adversity and realize their potential.
I loved the contrast in personalities in this well-written and captivating story; the passionate artist Ramses, duty bound to save his parents farm and protect his friends; the reticent and sickly Sepi who loves his cousin but hesitates in any confrontation with his domineering mother; Neferet, warm-hearted and strong-willed who lashes out against injustice.
Into the mix add the hate-filled, power-hungry and greedy Uncle Hay and Aunt Zalika so different from the generous and caring farm manager Sobek and his tender-hearted wife Hebony who protect and support young Ramses in his dream.
Woven into a story that deals with tragedy, rejection, insecurity, and bullying are elements of friendship, loyalty, love and triumph. This is a emotionally charged and gripping story that's well-worth reading.
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The God Catcher: An Ancient Egyptian Mystery: The Boy Who Could Draw is by Scott Peters. It is set in Ancient Egypt near where they are building the tomb of King Tut. The characters are well thought-out and are realistic and would actually have been in Ancient Egypt.
Ramses is a young boy who has a great talent drawing in the sand. This is thought to be evil by the Priest who comes to see his Father. His Father protests and says it is a great gift that his son has. He tries to protect him; but he dies. Ramses’ Aunt Zalika, Uncle Hay, and Cousin Sepi come to stay with him on the farm until Ramses is old enough to own it himself. However, his Aunt and Uncle are simply there to get as much money as possible then sell the land before Ramses comes of age. They treat him terribly and forbid him to come near his ailing cousin. However, Sepi and Ramses become friends and see each other whenever possible. The only other friends Ramses has are Sobek and Hebony, peasants who had served Ramses parents. They protect and help Ramses whenever they can.
Sepi tells Ramses about the examination. It seems the Place of Truth, the place where those who build and paint the Pharaoh’s tomb. It is a great honor to live here and only those born in the small town had been able to work on the tomb. However, they have no young boys who can paint well enough so they are looking in the town of Thebes and the surrounding area for someone who can draw and paint to become an apprentice. Ramses has the talent to draw in sand; but can he transfer that to papyrus? Where can he get the expensive papyrus? Can he enter the contest? Aunt Zalika has hired a teacher for Sepi so he can learn to draw and win the contest. Sept tells Ramses he can request the papyrus from him.
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I enjoyed this look at ancient Egypt and coming to know the Place of Truth that used to sit outside of the Valley of the Kings in ancient times. The plot was a little contrived, but it only slowed me down a bit. Never any doubt that I wouldn't finish this one. Definitely recommend for any one interested in ancient Egypt.

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Ramses, a young Egyptian farm boy in the time of Tutankhamen, has always secretly dreamed of being an artist in the sacred village called the place of truth. This dream is ever more impossible each day as his world unravels around him. His Mother and Father die suddenly and his farm is taken over by his Aunt Zalika and Uncle Hay who begin to treat him as a slave when he is the rightful heir to their farm. All he wants to do is draw, but his evil relatives make sure he cannot.

Fortunately for the boy the farm manager Sobek and his wife look after Ramses, and make sure he is fed and not beaten too badly by his Aunt and Uncle.

When a contest to discover a new apprentice in the Place of Truth arises, Ramses must try to enter but how will he afford the precious papyrus sheet to create his entry? How will he make the journey? When a Tutor comes to groom his cousin for the apprenticeship he sees his chance...

Filled with action and suspense, this book will transport you back in time. A must read!
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