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Amulet Keepers by Michael Northrop
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Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop
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The Cat at the Wall by Deborah Ellis
Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
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Death Cloud by Andy Lane
Delphine by Richard Sala
Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor by Eoin Colfer
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FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Vol. 4: The End Times by Simon Oliver
The Ghoul Next Door by Victoria Laurie
Icons of Popular Culture by Marshall Fishwick
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Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren
Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway
Mister Orange by Truus Matti
Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage
Off Road by Sean Gordon Murphy
Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway by Phil Patton
Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier
Orbiter by Warren Ellis
Out West: A Journey through Lewis and Clark's America by Dayton Duncan
Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost
Under New York by Linda Oatman High

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Book of the Dead: 03/17/16

Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop

Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop is the first of the TombQuest series. There's also a corresponding online game, but I have not tried it and am not including it in this review.

Alex Sennefer lives with his mother in New York. She is an Egyptologist and he has a weak heart. They both know he doesn't have long to live and there's nothing they can do about it except keep giving him medicine and keep his life as stress free as possible. But when you're eleven years old, it's hard to do and it's easy to forget your medicine.

Here's the thing, his mother knows the same thing. And she's willing to try ancient magic to save his life. Whether or not she knows the consequences of her actions isn't mentioned. All Alex knows is that she has used the Book of the Dead to revive him when time had run out, and now there long dead people and creatures coming back to life too. Worse yet, his mother has disappeared and there are at least two factions out to get Alex and his new found power over the ancient scrolls.

The TombQuest series combines my favorite aspects of The 39 Clues and the Kane Chronicles, namely the culture and magical aspects of the Ancient Egyptians and round the world puzzle solving adventures. There's an added bonus for this first book in the form of an under Manhattan adventure.

Four stars

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