Adventure, mystery and history come alive in Fiona Ingram’s middle-grade novel The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in the Chronicles of the Stone series. The novel opens as cousins Justin and Adam embark on a trip to Egypt with their investigative journalist aunt and grandmother, where they inadvertently get mixed up in a complex plot to uncover the truth behind a little-believed myth. Could it be that there is significant truth and meaning behind the so-called myth?
The fast and suspenseful tone fits well for older elementary school readers, and Ingram weaves history lessons into the narrative, comfortably conveying information and context as the story unfolds. As an adult reader, I was intrigued by the story, even as I questioned certain plot points, so I had to remind myself of the intended audience. I tried to read this from the perspective of my own nine year old son, and I know that both the sinister bad guys and the courageous young protagonists will captivate his action-loving literary needs. With lush descriptions of the amazing setting, Egypt herself becomes a central character, rich with a culture and history on full display.
Readers will be transported as they follow Justin and Adam on an adventure marked by danger, beauty, mythology, history, and discovery. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab begins their journey, and as the novel comes to an end, many questions still remain unanswered and ready to be addressed as the series, and Justin and Adam’s adventure, continues.
For more information about the book and some fantastic resources about Egypt, head over to the book’s official site. While you’re there, be sure to check out the giveaway for a T-shirt and copy of the book for your child’s school or local library!
As her oldest child grows, so do Dawn’s reading habits. Her life with a toddler, preschooler and big kid is regularly chronicled on her blog, my thoughts exactly.