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"What a fabulous first book in a planned series from Fiona Ingram ... Ingramimmediately draws the reader in ... it's truly a non-stop adventurestory, and one that boys and girls alike will enjoy. Once I startedreading The Secret of the Sacred Scarab I never wanted to put it down,and I was ready to read it all over again as soon as I was done. If thefirst book in The Chronicles of the Stone series by Fiona Ingram is this superb, I hold out high hopes for future installments." - Cheryl Malandrinos, for Children's and Teens' Book Connection (USA)
"This is one of the most thrilling children's books that I have read in along time. Author Fiona Ingram ... has combined an exciting story thatis filled with adventure and suspenseful mystery to keep the readerturning the pages with a lot of interesting factual information aboutthe history and geography of Egypt." - Wayne Walker, for Stories for Children Magazine (USA)
"It is a rollicking tale, in which the young protagonists have to rely ontheir wits and their courage as they come up against influential crooksout to get their hands on some of Egypt's greatest archaeologicaltreasures ... Pacy and lively, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is thefirst in a projected series." - Margaret von Klemperer, for The Witness (Natal, South Africa)
"It's time to tell the other books on your bookshelf to make room for aclassic in the making! Thrilling, riveting, and packed with action,adventure, and suspense, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is destined for greatness. My 14-year-old son devoured this book with relish and isthreatening to run away to Egypt if I don't get my hands on the sequelssoon!" - Phillipa Mitchell, Founder and CEO, Red Pepper Books (South Africa)
"Fiona Ingram is the master of writing historical fiction for young adults.Her way with wording has you feeling as though you are part of theadventure. Each turn of the page delivers more action, adventure, andhistory. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is a must-read for all youngadults especially young Egyptologists. Fiona Ingram has not only added a brilliant cast of characters but has also included Egypt as one of thecharacters instead of using it as just a backdrop for the story. Truly, a book I would recommend reading. An amazing start to what I'm sure isgoing to be a wonderful series, full of action and adventure." - Angela Simmons, for Review the Book (USA)
"Too often it is difficult to find books that will hold the attention of10-15-year-olds. The lead characters in this book ... will appeal to the focus audience. The boys are intelligent, diligent, and brave. They are excellent role models. Fiona Ingram has not shortchanged the secondarycharacters. They are well developed with personalities and voices oftheir own. The plot is fast paced and action packed. Adults will enjoythis book just as much as preteens." - Debra Gaynor, for Readers' Favorite (USA)
"What a great summer read for tween boys especially. This book has all of the elements that boys would find interesting: boys for the maincharacters, the adventure of Egypt, the mystery behind a sacred scarab,and the action of the chase and kidnapping. Girls will enjoy this bookas well. A byproduct of this book may spark an interest in Egyptianculture and history and what a better way for kids to spend time thanlearning. Great book!" - Mindy Detweiler, for Review the Book (USA) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
What would happen in the days following would be a whirlwind of events that would prove daunting for both boys as they travel down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. Join Justin and Adam as they evade their captors and unravel the secrets of the Scarab King. Relying on their wits, courage, and each other, the boys must solve the mystery of the sacred scarab while rescuing kidnapped archaeologist James Kinnaird before their time in Egypt comes to a screeching halt.
- Print Length : 326 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : December 14, 2016
- File Size : 3573 KB
- ASIN : B01N7IC8NK
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,516 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Fiona Ingram's writing is glorious and she paints a vivid setting and plunges the reader into the ancient landscapes of Egypt. The reader will love to watch as the heroes develop throughout the story, growing in courage and learning to work as a team. They are resourceful and the dangers stacked against them make the story even exciting. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is fast-paced and gripping, and when one has turned the last page, one wants to follow the unforgettable characters into the next book.
With Eleven Book Award Nominations & Wins, enjoy outstanding story telling with realistic dialog that will draw middle grade and young adult readers into this action, adventure packed, suspenseful, historical fiction that rivals Indiana Jones. Boys will be boys and soon trouble will find them. Careful not to spoil the story, I quote a passage to whet your appetite.
“Quick as a flash, they dashed behind a marble pillar, trying to smother their giggles. “Now what?” Adam said.
Justin grabbed his arm. “I noticed a room leading away from the main hall. It was full of boxes and crates. The lights were off so no one was in there. Let’s go back and see if we can find something interesting.”
They retraced their steps to the small display hall Justin had seen. It contained several cabinets holding statues, and a few stone sarcophagi. Stacks of boxes and wooden crates lined the far wall. They wandered around, looking at the Arabic-inscribed labels and trying to guess what was inside the boxes. It wasn’t long before the sound of echoing footsteps sent them scuttling behind a large sarcophagus.
Two men walked in, speaking Arabic in low voices. Over the next few minutes, the voices floated around the room and then right past Adam and Justin’s hiding place, before finally disappearing near the back. After a moment of silence, they looked at each other, puzzled, and then listened a bit longer to make sure the men had gone. Then they peeked above the sarcophagus to check that the coast was clear before creeping out.
They both looked toward the back of the room, where the voices had disappeared.
Adam pointed to a door standing ajar. The door was labeled with an Arabic inscription. “What do you think it says?” he asked, as they walked quietly to the door, giving occasional sideways glances to check they were still alone.
“Um … I have no idea,” Justin said. “It’s probably a notice for the museum staff. That door looks like a fire escape. I think those men we heard went down there.”
Justin pushed the door all the way open. A set of stone steps disappeared into inky darkness. If the men had gone through the door, then there was only one way to go—down.
Frightened and excited, they hesitated on the top step, unsure of whether to investigate.
Justin turned to Adam. “We should follow and see what they’re up to, but you know we’ll get into the worst kind of trouble if we’re caught.”
Adam gave a nervous nod.
Justin grinned. “Then let’s go. We just have to risk it.”
The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book One) by Fiona Ingram is well researched. The book cover art and nine exquisite hand drawn graphics within the book are by South African Artist Lori Bentley.
Thirty-four riveting chapters packed with adventure will keep you turning the pages. Author Fiona Ingram continues the history lessons at the end of the book with a Readers’ Guide to Ancient Egypt that includes “Endnotes that will help book-lovers enjoy the story even more while reading. This additional material will increase your knowledge of the world of ancient Egypt, and help you uncover the meaning of the Stone of Fire and the secret of the sacred scarab. In this glossary, you’ll be able to look up information on words or ideas that you read about in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. It will add to your enjoyment of Adam and Justin’s incredible adventure because there are clues everywhere!”
Cold Coffee Press/Café endorses The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book One) by Fiona Ingram as a fictional story illuminated with history that brings Egypt to life for young readers. This first book in The Chronicles Of The Stone Series should be included on summer reading program book lists. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book Two) is also available at Amazon. We reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on January 24, 2016. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Café.
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab: The Chronicles of the Stone - Book One
I lost all sense of time while immersed in Fiona Ingram's award-winning novel, THE SECRET OF THE SACRED SCARAB. Mind you, before reading, most times, I set parameters on my time, considering my day, like yours, is replete with adventure. My habit is to read for 30 minutes and then I'm on to another scene in the production of my day. Not so with this wonderfully crafted read. From the opening page, I felt as if I were off on an adventure right there beside young Adam, as he tingles with the excitement of it all. A trip to Egypt in the company of his beloved Aunt Isabel, "an unconventional journalist who jets all over the world researching incredible stories," a perfect guardian for protagonists, Adam and Justin; Gran, the lively and entertaining matriarch, who loves bright red polish, loads of jewelry and colored tresses; and Adam's cherished cousin, Justin, who feels more like his trusted big brother. I enjoyed them all. Fiona Ingram has a penchant for creating believable, multifaceted characters. Some of my favs from her marquee are Laila, the Brigadier Brice-Gibbons and his opinionated wife, Amaryllis, and Professor of Egyptology, Ebrahim Faza, whose tags were sterling. I loved that he carried a cane with an elaborate silver top carved in the shape of a jackal's head. He was an ideal guardian of the underworld and a smooth, well-mannered guardian for Adam and Justin.
From the moment the family's plane lands in Cairo, the adventure springs to life in Ingram's prowess for plotting and description. Like Adam and Justin, the reader is plunged into the sweltering heat of the places they visit. We see the colorful countryside, the milling crowds, and we feel the amazement of visiting a line-up of historic locates on the tour. Ingram does a stupendous job weaving impressive research into the fabric of the story. If details are pixels, then Fiona makes each chapter a picture worth a thousand words.
I understand why the novel captured a queue of awards and recognition since its publication. It is so worthy of not only capturing the attention of children but adults also. It boasts the elements of a classic adventure story. The adventurer is an intelligent, witty and perceptive young boy, Adam. He absolutely loves learning about one of his favorite topics, Egypt. A child, he is playful yet thoughtful. He is aware of the feelings of others, and his heart is ever open. I love that he is willing to place his life on the line to save others, a characteristic of a real hero. With Justin by his side, he evaluates each clue with a marked diligence and intellect that is lauded by even the story's scholars.
That Justin makes an inspiring "Watson." He is well suited to stand beside Adam, lending his fearless support and intelligence wherever and whenever he can. Undaunted, he forges ahead, even if he teases his younger cousin sometimes, as boys his age will do. His knowledge about Egypt is impressive also, but he has his doubts here and there about the whole adventure. When Adam puts his life in jeopardy to save one of their kidnappers from a horrible death in sinking sand, Justin thinks of leaving the man to his fate, like their watching captor, but Adam persists, encouraging him, and Justin rises to the occasion.
The mystery of the scarab and the Scarab King and the finding of the Scarab King's tomb is quite fascinating. As I read, I imagined watching a movie, each scene larger than life, filled with wonder and hieroglyphics and dark pools in golden tombs and watching eyes and good food and breathtaking scenes of the pyramids, the Sphinx and other mysteries of the Land of Kemet.
That culprit, Dr. Faisal Khalid, the respected head of the Ancient Egyptian Archaeological Research Program and the Department of Antiquities Research at the Egyptian Museum, is cunning and, you got it, ambitious. His motive for acquiring money, power and fame drive him...across the desert, over dark water, and straight through entries that might not be a good idea for his track record. Yet he goes where he must towards his journey to be the Son of Fire and Light.
And let me say, I loved the chapter names and the impressive clues! They kept the reader barreling on to the next adventure, beautifully placed, as they were, throughout the novel. The sacred scarab and Shemsu-Hor are only the beginning! You will revel in others yourself when you read this wholly fascinating story.
There were so many characteristics I adored about Ingram's magical read. When Adam and Justin were kidnapped by the bad guys and had to bear up on their own in the desert with strangers, they depended on their sheet wit, faith and courage to survive. Ingram placed Adam and Justin in "sink or think" situations, and the boys made ample use of their problem-solving propensity, knowledge of Egypt and their ability to face the moment head on. They came into a deeper understanding of the power of working together, the power of one. Aunt Isabel and Gran were separated in the course of the story, and each depended on her ingenuity to survive. Okay, toss in humor as well, for I loved Gran and Aunt Isabel's outlook on life and people.
When I arrived at the final, lit, Kindle page of the story, I discovered the opening chapter of Book Two in the series, THE CHRONICLES OF THE STONE. This new installment, destined to be a classic, quite like its predecessor, is THE SEARCH OF THE STONE OF EXCALIBUR. Yes, Adam and Justin are off on another fascinating adventure, to Scotland, but this time the boys are standing in the departure lounge of the Johannesburg airport, awaiting an unusually tardy Aunt Isabel, who, to my surprise, and theirs as well, eventually shows up briskly leading a young black girl through the crowds. She's about ten years old, is carrying a suitcase, and has big brown eyes and black braids bouncing about her head. The intelligent little cutie is Kim Maleka! I was like: "Alright now! Do it, Fiona Robyn! I'm loving the imaginative blessing of your quill!"
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The boys are shocked. Classic Justin, he's ready to pull the plug on the trip, but Adam suggests, perhaps, she's lost. Their aunt is being a Good Samaritan. Not so! Kim's accompanying them and there's nothing they can do about it...least of all, perturb Aunt Isabel, who is already late for her plane to Paris to check on James Kinnaird, who has been hurt on a dig. And she has no time to put up with two, shocked nephews. She gives them travel instructions and the adventures begins anew!
I enthusiastically recommend Fiona Ingram's THE CHRONICLES OF THE STONE series. If you love adventure stories with humorous scenes, lovable characters, great pace, wit, and plotting, this is the series for you! Enjoy!
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When I first picked up Fiona Ingram's The Secret of the Sacred Scarab I did not begin to imagine the fantastical adventure I would be whisked away on. I loved the rich and vibrant characters and their portrayal, especially their close familial relationship. I found myself grinning, cringing, and releasing bated breaths as I was drawn into a tale that could be straight from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Majestic descriptions make imagining the land easy. If you have never been to Egypt you'll get an amazing feel for the sights and atmosphere, and if you have, like myself, you'll find a vividness in the writing that will stir memories from your own experiences there. There's action, danger, secrets, and a mystery just begging to be solved. Without a doubt a griping and amazing read whether you're old or young. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab gets my heartfelt recommendation. I can't wait until my son is a few years older and we can read this gripping tale together.