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The Akhenaten Adventure: Children of the Lamp, Book 1

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Twins discover they're djinn.

Book P. B. Kerr Fantasy 2005
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+
my son enjoyed it, and is looking forward to book 2. There aren't many concerns because there isn't sooo much violence, there is a little smoking, and no other issues of concern.

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Is It Any Good?

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This is very much a mixed bag. On the plus side, it's an original idea, well written, the descriptions are vivid, and fantasy fans will love the wealth of detail and history behind this particular view of the magical world. On the minus side, there's not much action, lots of exposition, and the child heroes never become real people in the reader's mind. Kids who love arcana, exotic settings, and children with secret powers will revel in the fascinating details, but those looking for adventure won't find much in the first half to keep them reading.

This is Philip Kerr's first book for children. Like many other adult novelists trying to make the transition, he needs to learn that different rules apply: The pacing is different, and kids prefer warm passion to cool detachment. There's a lot of potential for future books, but to be successful he will need to bring John and Philippa to life.

Book Details

  • Author: P. B. Kerr
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Orchard Books
  • Publication date: May 30, 2005
  • Number of pages: 355
  • Last updated: June 25, 2015

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