Moss, Marissa. The Pharaoh’s Secret.
Amulet see Abrams, Harry 2009 308p 15.95 978-0-8109-8378-6 ms/jr
A thrilling adventure for Talibah and her brother, Adom. Their father is a history professor and a single parent. The siblings must accompany him on his research assignment to Egypt, which is also his homeland. As you would suspect the juveniles get into trouble with cave robbers and jewel thieves. Talibah and her brother, Adom are quite used to accompanying their father on research assignments. This time they were particularly excited because their grandmother had told them many tales about their homeland. Their father realized that he needed time to do his research so he had a colleague, Raschid, take the kids on a private tour of the pyramid that he was excavating. Strange things started happening when people would mysteriously appear to Talibah and give her something unusual. He became interested in a woman Pharoah named Hapshepsut and her high priest named Senenmut. It was unusual to have a woman Pharaoh. It was even more unusual to find that most all traces that substantiated her reign was erased shortly after her demise. Talibah started investigating the mystery and found herself being shut up in tombs, almost drowning in the Nile as she tried to set history straight. The author has captured the mystic and aura of the land of the pyramids. Readers will enjoy the intrigues and close calls that seem to follow Talibah and her brother as they roam the sands of the Valley of the Kings. Talibah also learns more about her mother when she completes the task (finding out why Hapshepsut reign was erased from all monuments) assigned to her mother’s bloodline. Mystery/Detective McNeil, Linda