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Riordan, Rick.
New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, 2010
IL 5-8, RL 6.0
ISBN 1423113381

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Imagine that you only see your older brother/younger sister twice a year?  Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie Kane only see each other twice a year when Carter and their father visit Sadie and her maternal grandparents in London.  This particular winter visit, Carter notices a strange man shadowing them as they walk to Sadie's house.  This man shows up later after Mr. Kane blows himself up in the archeological wing of the National Museum.  Seems the Kanes have connections to Egyptian royalty, as in pharaohs.  The children have been kept apart for their safety, but with their father's disappearance, Carter and Sadie are going to have to bond together to rescue their father, and save the rest of the world from the Red Lord and his evil plans.  A working knowledge of Egyptian mythology helps the reader negotiate the duat as the days race forward to the time of Chaos.  Despite its whopping 516 pages, this novel is very fast paced as readers alternate between Sadie and Carterís points of view as the action unfolds and the Kanes are thrust into what will be the beginning adventure of their lives.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2011-2012)

Booktalk #2

The Egyptian gods are awakening.  And Set, the most evil of all, has his eyes on two siblings who barely know each other: Carter and Sadie.  They were separated when their mother died, leaving Sadie in London while Carter traveled the world with his father, a renowned Egyptologist, Dr. Kane.  But Dr. Kane has been haunted by a question about his family, one that he decides to put right by bringing his two children together for "research" at the British Museum.  Instead of answering the question, though, Dr. Kane's "research" sets in motion events that force Carter and Sadie to uncover the truth about their family's tie to a secret order as old as the Pharaohs.

(Kristin Roper, Colorado Blue Spruce Award nominee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
                        Mythology, Egyptian -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Secrets -- Fiction.
                        Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.

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