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Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theo — and only Theo — who is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. Sneaking behind her father's back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and protect her father and the rest of the museum employees from the ancient, sinister forces that lurk in the museum's dark hallways.

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"Frankly, I'm not fond of surprises, as the ones around here tend to be rather wicked.' There are surprises aplenty in LaFevers's spirited debut, a sort of Indiana Jones for girls and a perfect blend of mystery and humor. Set in turn-of-the-20th-century London, it involves 11-year-old Theodosia Throckmorton, who 'assists' her parents in their Museum of Legends and Antiquities. But Theo is the only one who can tell when ancient artifacts arriving at the museum bear a curse — and as new acquisitions arrive, she makes it her business to secretly remove any lingering curses by using recipes she finds in her constant research. Her mother returns home from a dig with the Heart of Egypt, a scarab amulet that was used as a death marker for the Pharaohs. When the amulet goes missing, Theo's search for it leads her to Lord Wigmere, the leader of an underground society that watches for magical artifacts entering England. The Heart of Egypt, it turns out, possesses a particularly nasty curse, 'designed to weaken a nation, to make it easy to conquer.' Crops begin to fail and a flu epidemic overtakes the nation. To break the curse, the Heart must be returned to the tomb from which it was taken — and, of course, it falls to Theo to recover the Heart. Loads of evocative Egyptian history and an oh-so-plucky, resourceful narrator make this the first volume in a series to watch. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A sure bet for Harry Potter fans as well as Joan Aiken's and Eva Ibbotson's readers. This imaginative, supernatural mystery will find word-of-mouth popularity." Booklist (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

Set in 1906 London and Cairo, this middle-grade mystery introduces an intrepid new heroine — Theodosia Throckmorton, who is thrust into the heart of a mystery when she learns an ancient Egyptian amulet carries a curse that threatens to crumble the British Empire. Illustrations.

About the Author

R. L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she's in really big trouble) has been fascinated by libraries and museums ever since she first set foot in one. When she's not gazing longingly at ancient artifacts or wallowing in old forgotten texts, she's busy trying to keep one step ahead of her two teenage sons. She lives with the aforementioned sons, her husband, and a demonic cat in Southern California.

Yoko Tanaka lives in Los Angeles and Bangkok with her husband and three cats. In addition to illustrating the Theodosia books, she has also illustrated The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo and a picture book, Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker. Her artwork can be found at yokotanaka.com.

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Klickitat, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by Klickitat)
Like Roald Dahl's Matilda before her, Theodosia Throckmorton can't get any respect. At the young age of eleven she already has a formidable knowledge of Egyptian theology and black magic but her parents are too consumed with running their museum of antiquities to notice. Even worse, the elder Throckmortons often unwittingly place themselves in harm's way, forcing Theodosia to rescue them (but always behind the scenes in order to spare their pride.) I think kids will love the many jabs at adults' apparent cluelessness. After all, what child hasn't pondered how life would be better if only they were in charge? Theodosia's adventures are not only thrilling, they're wish fulfillment - i.e. what theoretically would happen if a bright kid was afforded with the perfect venue for their talents?

Unfortunately LaFevers isn't quite successful in capturing the voice of a young Edwardian girl. She makes a good effort to insert period expressions into the text but a strong (contemporary) American twang remains. I didn't think this marred the story at all but, if that type of thing bugs you, you've been warned.

Oh, also, look up the meaning of the name "Theodosia" if you're not familiar. I did so on a whim and thought it was a clever choice, given the book's subject matter.
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FrankSara, May 3, 2009 (view all comments by FrankSara)
What starts slowly with an isolated girl having to sleep with her cat in an Egyptian sarcophagus (again) turns into a faster-paced adventure with chases, rescues, pickpockets and an international ring of terrorists. Outsiders would say Theodosia is a paranoid and eccentric child, but when we start to see what she sees we are sympathetic with her fascination for hieroglyphics, amulets, and bits of wax for absorbing curses. An interesting glimpse into ancient Egyptian religion with a peek into British life of 100 years ago.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618999767
Author:
La Fevers, R. L.
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Illustrator:
Tanaka, Yoko
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.5 in 0.72 lb
Age Level:
09-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Frankly, I'm not fond of surprises, as the ones around here tend to be rather wicked.' There are surprises aplenty in LaFevers's spirited debut, a sort of Indiana Jones for girls and a perfect blend of mystery and humor. Set in turn-of-the-20th-century London, it involves 11-year-old Theodosia Throckmorton, who 'assists' her parents in their Museum of Legends and Antiquities. But Theo is the only one who can tell when ancient artifacts arriving at the museum bear a curse — and as new acquisitions arrive, she makes it her business to secretly remove any lingering curses by using recipes she finds in her constant research. Her mother returns home from a dig with the Heart of Egypt, a scarab amulet that was used as a death marker for the Pharaohs. When the amulet goes missing, Theo's search for it leads her to Lord Wigmere, the leader of an underground society that watches for magical artifacts entering England. The Heart of Egypt, it turns out, possesses a particularly nasty curse, 'designed to weaken a nation, to make it easy to conquer.' Crops begin to fail and a flu epidemic overtakes the nation. To break the curse, the Heart must be returned to the tomb from which it was taken — and, of course, it falls to Theo to recover the Heart. Loads of evocative Egyptian history and an oh-so-plucky, resourceful narrator make this the first volume in a series to watch. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A sure bet for Harry Potter fans as well as Joan Aiken's and Eva Ibbotson's readers. This imaginative, supernatural mystery will find word-of-mouth popularity."
"Synopsis" by , Set in 1906 London and Cairo, this middle-grade mystery introduces an intrepid new heroine — Theodosia Throckmorton, who is thrust into the heart of a mystery when she learns an ancient Egyptian amulet carries a curse that threatens to crumble the British Empire. Illustrations.
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