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The Akhenaten Adventure: Children of the Lamp, Book One (Children of the Lamp #01)

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ISBN13: 9780439670203
ISBN10: 0439670209
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Meet John and Philippa Gaunt, twelve-year-old twins who one day discover themselves to be descended from a long line of djinn. All of a sudden, they have the power to grant wishes, travel to extraordinary places, and make people and objects disappear. Luckily, the twins are introduced to their eccentric djinn-uncle Nimrod, who will teach them how to harness their newfound power.

And not a moment too soon...since John and Philippa are about to embark on a search to locate a monstrous pharaoh named Akhenaten and his eerie tomb.

Review:

"In thriller writer Philip Kerr's YA debut, he puts an entertaining spin on the genie-in-a-lantern mythos, thanks to the exotic setting and a breezy and humorous delivery. Twelve-year-old John and Philippa Gaunt are 'the least identical twins imaginable,' at least in appearance, though they can read each other's minds. While anesthetized at the dentist, they meet their Uncle Nimrod in a hallucination; he encourages them to come to London to stay with him over the summer. Their parents agree to the plan, surprising the siblings. Before they arrive in England, strange things begin happening — a neighbor who mentions to the twins that she wishes she would win the lottery suddenly does, and a scared couple on their London-bound plane tells Philippa that they wish they were back home then promptly vanish. In his palatial home, Nimrod tells the twins that they are djinn, or 'children of the lamp... the guardians of all the luck in the universe,' and whisks them off to Egypt to continue their training. While in Cairo, the family encounters an explorer who claims to have discovered the key to the lost tomb of Akhenaten, which legend says contains enough trapped djinn to upset the balance of luck in the world. A breakneck paced, Indiana Jones — style adventure ensues, taking Nimrod and the twins from the heat of the Egyptian desert to the bowels of the British Museum. Kerr keeps the emphasis on fun, making this the first in a series worth watching. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] first rate young adult adventure novel....Humorous dialogue and vivid imagery abound in this witty and imaginative read." Children's Literature

Review:

"Kerr puts an ingenious spin on the enchanted-lamp theme....[T]his variation gains extra appeal from its sources in a refreshingly different tradition than those generally tapped by witch-and-wizardry retreads." Booklist

Review:

"Entertaining archaeological adventures unfortunately find humor in pettiness and snark....Funny and clever, but weakened by cheap shots." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[An] uneven fantasy....The writing has a cinematic quality as Kerr provides detailed glimpses at the changing scenery....In-depth characterizations are sacrificed for the often humorous, fast-moving plot." School Library Journal

Review:

"Although the wit and vocabulary may be beyond some young readers, enthusiasts of the Harry Potter series and similar works will enjoy Kerr's suspenseful, yet fun, tale." The Alan Review

Synopsis:

The acclaimed writer better known as Philip Kerr delivers his first novel for children as he begins an exceptional and imaginative adventure trilogy. Twelve-year-old twins John and Phillipa Gaunt discover they are descended from a long line of magical djinn.

Synopsis:

When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers.

About the Author

P. B. Kerr was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he developed a lifelong love of reading. Although the Children of the Lamp books are P. B. Kerr's first for children, he's well known as the thriller writer Philip Kerr, author of the Berlin Noir series, including, most recently, A QUIET FLAME; IF THE DEAD RISE NOT; A PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION; GRIDIRON; THE SHOT; and many other acclaimed novels. Mr. Kerr lives in London with his family.

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Alita, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Alita)
My son (9) loved this book and, although the names in the series can be hard to pronounce, it was enjoyable for the adults reading it to him as well. He enjoys archeology and learning about ancient Egypt. as well as fantasy, so this was a good combination. A strong boy AND girl character is a plus.
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princess_ishtar, November 21, 2006 (view all comments by princess_ishtar)
... This book is like one of the classic stories I've read when I was younger and still remember the details 10 years after!...
... I bought this book 2 years ago and I still remember the very small details of the story!
... It's a thing you will never find again in a such long time...
High five to P.B. Kerr!!!

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439670203
Author:
Kerr, P. B.
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Author:
Kerr, Philip
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Children of the Lamp
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 384 pages Scholastic Paperbacks - English 9780439670203 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In thriller writer Philip Kerr's YA debut, he puts an entertaining spin on the genie-in-a-lantern mythos, thanks to the exotic setting and a breezy and humorous delivery. Twelve-year-old John and Philippa Gaunt are 'the least identical twins imaginable,' at least in appearance, though they can read each other's minds. While anesthetized at the dentist, they meet their Uncle Nimrod in a hallucination; he encourages them to come to London to stay with him over the summer. Their parents agree to the plan, surprising the siblings. Before they arrive in England, strange things begin happening — a neighbor who mentions to the twins that she wishes she would win the lottery suddenly does, and a scared couple on their London-bound plane tells Philippa that they wish they were back home then promptly vanish. In his palatial home, Nimrod tells the twins that they are djinn, or 'children of the lamp... the guardians of all the luck in the universe,' and whisks them off to Egypt to continue their training. While in Cairo, the family encounters an explorer who claims to have discovered the key to the lost tomb of Akhenaten, which legend says contains enough trapped djinn to upset the balance of luck in the world. A breakneck paced, Indiana Jones — style adventure ensues, taking Nimrod and the twins from the heat of the Egyptian desert to the bowels of the British Museum. Kerr keeps the emphasis on fun, making this the first in a series worth watching. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] first rate young adult adventure novel....Humorous dialogue and vivid imagery abound in this witty and imaginative read."
"Review" by , "Kerr puts an ingenious spin on the enchanted-lamp theme....[T]his variation gains extra appeal from its sources in a refreshingly different tradition than those generally tapped by witch-and-wizardry retreads."
"Review" by , "Entertaining archaeological adventures unfortunately find humor in pettiness and snark....Funny and clever, but weakened by cheap shots."
"Review" by , "[An] uneven fantasy....The writing has a cinematic quality as Kerr provides detailed glimpses at the changing scenery....In-depth characterizations are sacrificed for the often humorous, fast-moving plot."
"Review" by , "Although the wit and vocabulary may be beyond some young readers, enthusiasts of the Harry Potter series and similar works will enjoy Kerr's suspenseful, yet fun, tale."
"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed writer better known as Philip Kerr delivers his first novel for children as he begins an exceptional and imaginative adventure trilogy. Twelve-year-old twins John and Phillipa Gaunt discover they are descended from a long line of magical djinn.
"Synopsis" by , When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers.
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