A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The boy Jack has a much more active role than his younger sister Annie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing to be concerned about here, and much that's educational. A flying tree house is sure to spark young imaginations, as well as interest in Ancient Egypt. Girl and boy central characters try to do the right thing as they solve the mystery and aid a ghost-queen.
Is It Any Good?
Mary Pope Osborne has the magic formula for creating suspense and intrigue without being too scary. The page-turning plot is episodic; each chapter moves quickly from pyramids, mirages, and black cats to tomb robbers, mummies, and false passages.
Jack reads from his book and records notes -- a clever device that gives kids just enough background on unfamiliar facts and terms of ancient Egypt, such as sarcophagi and hieroglyphs, to understand the story line. Not a thread is left untied; just when it seems the mystery is complete, Annie gets lost in a false passage. Suspense builds, as the two do-gooders have to crack codes to complete their mission.
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