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Book Review: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram


Adam and Justin are so excited to be joining their Aunt Isabel and Gran on a tour of Egypt. Traveling from their home in South Africa, they can't help but wonder what sorts of adventures they may find on their trip. But soon they find themselves in a much bigger adventure than they had expected. It all starts with a dirty old stone scarab that a peddler slips into Adam's pocket. This sets off a chain of events that leads the boys down the Nile and across the desert in an effort to save the world.

Fiona Ingram's The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is a fun adventure that I'm sure will appeal to the middle-grade crowd. I asked my 7 year old, who is an advanced reader, to check it out but he was overwhelmed by the density of the text on the page. I think the themes of the story, which features bad guys often wielding guns or knives, would also be a bit too much for him. But for kids in the age 10 and up group, I expect this book would have them hooked right from the start. And there isn't much actual violence, just a lot of suspense and intrigue with some Indiana Jones' type perils to contend with.

Ingram brings together an exciting adventure with lots of facts and myths from Egyptian history. It's a nice blend that doesn't get into too much detail to be over most kids' heads. She also develops Adam and Justin into great characters that kids can really relate to and look up to. They get into a bit of trouble and try to keep what they're doing secret from their aunt and grandmother, but overall they're pretty good kids.

I'd definitely recommend this for middle-grade readers who are looking for some adventure, especially if they have an interest in ancient Egypt or enjoy Indiana Jones movies!

My Rating: 4/5

For more information, visit the Secret of the Sacred Scarab website
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This review was written based on a copy of The Secret of the Sacred Scarab that I received from Pump Up Your Book in exchange for an honest review.

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