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Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

  La Fevers, R. L.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Number of Pages: 343
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Theodosia is 11 years old and she possesses the ability to see all the black magic and ancient curses that surround the artifacts in her father's museum. When Theodosia's mother returns from a recent archaeological dig in Egypt she brings back much trouble. Turns out her mother has brought back the Heart of Egypt, a legendary amulet belonging to an ancient Egyptian tomb. The amulet carries a terrible curse that threatens to crumble the British Empire. Theodosia will have to call upon all her special powers to end the curse and return the amulet to its Egyptian tomb. Theodosia is a cross between Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes. Readers will not be disappointed in this fast-paced fantasy, adventure story featuring a very endearing character.

Reviewed by: Linda Sawyer on 5/4/2008

This novel is just pure fun, excitement, and adventure all rolled up in 343 pages which you will not be able to put down. Ms. LaFevers has given us one of my favorite new fictional characters, in 11 year old Theodosia Throckmorton. Our story takes place in the early 1900's in London. Theodosia's parents are famous archeologists who run a well-known antiquities museum in London. The problem is that many of the artifacts they bring back are covered in curses and the only one who can detect and get rid of them is Theo. In addition, some of the artifacts are also sources of great power which, unfortunately, constantly attracts evil societies, such as the Serpents of Chaos whose goal is to control them so they can achieve their evil plans. This is a great book for anyone 5th grade and up, plus a wonderful book for the family to read aloud and discuss, and, lastly, for classes that are studying Ancient Egypt. I'll see you next month for my review of Theodosia's second great adventure.

Reviewed by: Ron Oberman on 2/5/2011

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