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Sons of the Sphinx by [Carpinello, Cheryl]
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CROSSING THE SANDS OF TIME
"The author has done a marvelous job of negotiating the disputed points of this era and woven them into a seamless time travel historical adventure for middle grade, teen readers and adults. Her characters are well-developed and manage to appear authentic in both the ancient and modern time periods." - Amazon - Barbara Ann Mojica on February 21, 2015.

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How Sons of the Sphinx came to be

Sons of the Sphinx
is based on the schism that shot through ancient Egypt when, according
to historians, the Pharaoh Akhenaten turned his back on Thebes and the gods of Egypt. He built his own city to honor his god the Aten, and he insisted that the people of Egypt do the same. Along with this, he supposedly refused to send troops to defend Egypt's borders thus
incurring the wrath of the then General Horemheb. When Tutankhamen becomes pharaoh, he reverses Akhenaten's proclamations and returns the governing center to Thebes and the worship back to the god Amun.

However, the damage has been done, and by the time Horemheb attains pharaoh status, he has proclaimed the betrayal of the Egyptian people by Akhenaten so widely and so much, all members of the family including Tutankhamen, Ankhsenamun, and Ay are dishonored.

The historical significance of my story is the main reason I was able to write Sons of the Sphinx. Needing to help right a wrong done over 3000 years ago and reunite the boy king with his queen (whose tomb has yet to be identified or found), allows my protagonist Rosa the opportunity to come to terms with who she is and what her place is in this world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 898 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500554936
  • Publisher: Beyond Today Educator (October 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MVGC96Y
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Prepare yourself for an incredible adventure in ancient Egypt when you pick up Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello. The story starts with a prophecy that sets the tone for magic, mystery, and mayhem in places. Rosa, 15, has an unusual gift she inherited from her grandmother: she hears the dead. Maybe it would be easier if she could see them and tell them to go away properly, and not have to put up with an annoying interruption in her maths test. Of course it is all Nana’s fault because once Nana told Rosa and a friend about the spirits that visited her, life was never quite the same. At age 15, when all you want to do is fit in and be accepted, that’s not the kind of thing guaranteed to win friends and influence people. The really scary part comes when, from only being a voice, the young pharaoh Tutankhamun appears large as life in Rosa’s bedroom, telling her he needs her to help in a vital mission. How much better can it get? Tut tells Rosa that part of his one true love, Ankhesenamun, is now contained within Rosa, and he needs to take Rosa along with him to find her burial place so they can be united. The problem is this mission must be fulfilled within seven days and Rosa’s parents, who’ve gone to a movie, will be back by midnight. But that’s not a problem as Tut explains what a time wrap is to the bemused Rosa. However, hurtling back to the ancient past isn’t going to be an easy ride. Danger, magic, evil and the possibility that Rosa might not be able to return home dog their footsteps.

What a story as Cheryl Carpinello displays her expertise as both a writer and an educator in her incredibly detailed portrayal of life in ancient Egypt. Readers will feel the sun’s heat, smell the perfumes and spices, taste the food, touch the artefacts, and bask in the glory of Egypt’s past.
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Cheryl Carpinello is a very gifted writer. Sons of the Sphinx is a fast read that is geared toward younger readers but, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed every page. This is a fast read. A PERFECT read for the weekend, cuddled up on the couch. The story centers around 15 year old Rosa. Rosa is no ordinary teen. She can hear dead people.

Rosa tries to reunite King Tutankhamen with his Queen and bring honor to his family isn't the easy task she believed it would be.

Follow Rosa’s journey in ancient Egypt, dodging Pharaoh Horemheb (Bad guy!!) and bringing honor to King Tutankamen family. Rosa's character is my favorite. I love this young woman's spit and fire!

If you are looking for a great time travel book; give this one a try!! This would be a perfect gift for the teen in your life too!
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I received a copy of this book from Double Decker books as part of a blog launch for the author in exchange for an honest review.

First off, I will openly admit that I am a historian with an avid interest in the field of ancient history. The author has done a marvelous job of negotiating the disputed points of this era and woven them into a seamless time travel historical adventure for middle grade, teen readers and adults. Her characters are well-developed and manage to appear authentic in both the ancient and modern time periods. Carpinello includes a glossary to assist the reader in understanding the historical figures and background.

Rosa is a fifteen year old tenth grader who has inherited a special gift from her grandmother. This teen is able to speak to people of the past, who appear to her at most inconvenient times like during a math test. At the outset of this adventure, King Tut himself not only speaks but appears to her in her room. He urges her to travel back in time with him to find the spirit of his love, Hesena. Rosa has never dated, but finds herself falling for Tut. She agrees to help him, if they can get back before her parents return from dinner and the movies. Tut assures her that the time wrap will allow them to do so.

Rosa will need to draw upon her inner spirit to connect with Hesena, fight off tomb robbers, traverse the hot sands of the Egyptian desert, and fend off the evil Pharaoh Horemheb in their attempt to complete their quest and right the wrongs that have been done. She will travel back more than 3000 years in time, but never have the opportunity to share her experience with her family and peers. Yet Rosa's talent and spirit shine through and allow her to fight her fears and grow stronger.

This was a perfect read to curl up with on a cold, snowy afternoon. Highly recommended for all lovers of history, adventure, fantasy and fun for all ages ten and older.
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Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello is a fantastic, fun read. I very much enjoyed traveling back through time with Rosa and King Tut. The story line and imagery are very well done. Add in some not so silent chuckles and a hint of teenage love, and this book was a huge hit for me. I enjoyed it tremendously.
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Sons of the Sphinx is a titillating paranormal adventure that takes readers on a wild journey through ancient Egypt to help the ghost of King Tut find his Queen.

Rosa is a 15-year-old high school student who would like nothing more than to fit in with her peers, but Rosa's ability to hear dead people makes that difficult. Her gift, or rather curse as she views it, was passed down from her grandmother. Usually Rosa just hears the ghosts but, when the spirit of King Tut pays her a visit and she is able to see him, Rosa can't believe her eyes. But, she's more surprised by his request. He needs her help to locate his lost love Hesena and restore his family's good name. However, trouble lies in wait and Horemheb will stop at nothing to see that Rosa and Tut fail. Will Rosa put aside her fears and help King Tut fulfill his dangerous mission?

I am a fan of historical fiction and I really enjoyed Sons of the Sphinx. It is a well written tale that gives readers a glimpse of ancient Egypt and the lives of Pharaohs who reigned thousands of years ago. The author does a wonderful job of filling in details, where historians are uncertain, that add to the believability of this captivating story. Additional information can be found at the end of the book which further explains the key people in the story. A glossary also defines words and traditions used during the time period in which the story is set. The book was successful in piquing my interest in King Tut and I did further reading online about the young Pharaoh.

Sons of the Sphinx is exciting and flows quickly, easily keeping readers engaged right up to the end. I highly recommend picking up a copy.
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