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Service, Pamela.
New York : Fawcett Juniper, 1988.
IL 5-8, RL 7.1
ISBN 0449703398
Lorna Padgett, an archaeologist's daughter, and Ameni, a pharaoh's son, lived four thousand years apart.  Ameni, the son of royalty, resented the repressive duties of his father's kingdom.  He preferred to run away and live life as an ordinary boy, enjoying adventures through the desert and up the Nile River.  Yet, destiny beckons him back to his sacred duty, which included guarding the destiny of Egyptians forever.  Through fantasy intermingled with history, their worlds collide as Lorna explores a dig near her father's worksite.  Sifting through the rubble of an ancient tomb, Lorna finds the door to the king's sarcophagus, which is sent to a museum for preservation and study.  She furtively explores the sarcophagus, prying the lid off, which awakens Ameni from his four thousand year sleep.  Escaping the coffin, he explores the modern city of Cairo, encountering dangerous contraptions and evil forces determined to destroy him and steal the urn holding the destiny of all Egyptians.  Will he preserve the fragile urn and let Lorna slip to her death in the flaming wreckage of Professor Birdsley's castle?  Will he desert his destiny as the living Horus of Egypt?  Read The Reluctant God to intuitively discover Egypt's intricate history and to enjoy a fast-paced adventure with a rebellious prince and brave young girl.  (Julia S. Fanning,, Busbee Middle School)
SUBJECTS:     Egypt -- History -- To 332 B.C. -- Fiction.
                        Space and time -- Fiction.


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