Synopses & Reviews
Praise for Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos:
and#8220;A sure bet for Harry Potter fansand#8230;and#8221; and#8211;Booklist, starred review
Eleven-year-old Theodosia of twentieth-century England sets off to Egypt with her cat, Isis. Her plan is to return the Emerald Tablet, embedded with the ancient worldand#8217;s most guarded secrets. Then sheand#8217;ll explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and, oh, yesand#8212;help her mother dig up treasures on her archeological expedition. When the Serpents of Chaos get involved, however, Theo finds sheand#8217;s digging up a lot more than she expected!
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". . . this American author has crafted an exciting tale. Straightforward sentences, chronological narrative, short chapters and Murphys plentiful black-and-white illustrations make this appropriate for middle-grade readers looking for a series to grow with."--Kirkus Reviews "LaFevers (the Theodosia books) gets the Nathanial Fludd, Beastologist series off to a sprightly start with this wry story introducing a 10-year-old orphaned when his parents' airship crashes in the North Pole in 1928 . . . this quick-paced adventure . . . should entice kids to return for Nate's next escapade."--Publishers Weekly
Intrepid Theosodia, age 11, narrates a fantasy steeped in invented and authentic Egyptology, clashing secret societies and pre-WWI European intrigue.
It's the delicious, precise, and atmospheric details (nicely extended in Tanaka's few, stylized illustrations) that will capture and hold readers, from the contents of Theodosia's curse-removing kit to descriptions of the museum after hours, when Theodosia sleeps in a sarcophagus to ward off the curses of "disgruntled dead things." Kids who feel overlooked by their own distracted parents may feel a tug of recognition as Theodosia yearns for attention, and those interested in archeology will be drawn to the story's questions about the ownership and responsible treatment of ancient artifacts. 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, ALA, Starred Review
"Vivid descriptions of fog-shrouded London and hot, dusty Cairo enhance the palpable gothic atmosphere, while page-turning action and a plucky, determined heroine add to the book's appeal. . . A fine bet for a booktalk to classes studying ancient Egypt." School Library Journal
"There are surprises aplenty in LaFevers's spirited debut, a sort of Indiana Jones for girls and a perfect blend of mystery and humor. . . . Loads of evocative Egyptian history and an oh-so-plucky, resourceful narrator make this the first volume in a series to watch." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Danger, mysterious museums stuffed with exotic treasures, and children who best adult evildoers are surefire ways to engage young readers, and LaFevers has combined them to good advantage here." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"...with Theo Throckmorton...girls have a truly independent role model." TimeOut New York
"Readers interested in archaeology will be drawn to the story's questions." Book Links January 2008 Book Links, ALA
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
and#8211; A BookSense 2007 summer pick
and#8211; Starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly
and#8211; A Junior Library Guild selection
and#8211; Exclusive audio rights sold to Audible
and#8211; Included in Targetand#8217;s fall and#8217;09 plan-o-gram
and#8211; French, German, Polish and Italian rights sold
and#8211; Nominated for the Agatha Award (mystery writing) in Best Childrens/Young Adult category
and#8211; Selected for Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers (VOYA, 2007)
and#8211; Selected as one of the Top Ten Crime Fiction for Youth 2008, Booklist on-line
and#8211; A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year 2008
"A sure bet for Harry Potter fans.and#8221; and#8211; Booklist, starred review
"A perfect blend of mystery and humor.and#8221; and#8211; Publishers Weekly, starred review
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers
and#8211; Selected for the Winter 2008-2009 Kid's Indie Next List
and#8211; Exclusive audio rights sold to Audible
and#8211; Enthusiastically reviewed for the Amazon Vine reading program
and#8211; Polish and French rights sold
and#8211; A Today Show Holiday Book Pick, 12/12/08
and#8211; Nominated for the 2009 Cybils awards
and#8220;Clever and exciting, just like the previous book, this also features a layered relationship between Theodosia and her grandmother. Nonstop action in a delightfully English package.and#8221; - Booklist
Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus (spring and#8217;10)
"Picking up immediately where Flight of the Phoenix (2009) finished, Nathaniel Fludd, Aunt Phil, and the gremlin Greasel pursue an escaped Basilisk, the highly dangerous king of the Serpents...
Familiarity with Nathaniel's previous adventure is helpful though not necessary, and fans can look forward to a return to Batting-at-the-Flies as the trio investigates the disappearance of Nathaniel's parents in the forthcoming volume."--Booklist
Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theoand only Theowho is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. Sneaking behind her fathers 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 museums dark hallways.
In this fourth book in the series, Theodosia sets off to Egypt to return the Emerald Tabletandmdash;embedded with the knowledge of some of the ancient worldandrsquo;s most guarded secrets. Accompanied by her cat, Isis (smuggled along in a basket), Theo plans to return the artifact, then explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and oh, yesandmdash; help her mother dig up treasures on her archeological expedition.
But nothing ever works out as planned, especially when a precious treasure appears suddenly, and then just as suddenly disappears . . . When the Serpents of Chaos get involved, Theo finds sheandrsquo;s digging up a lot more than she expected!
Theodosia Throckmorton is in a fix. Allowed to attend a reception given by one of the directors of her parentsand#8217; museum, she stumbles across Mr. Tetley of the British Museumand#151;in most unusual circumstances! Since Theo has last seen him in a showdown in an ancient Egyptian tomb, his reappearance could mean only one thing: the Serpents of Chaos are back.
Once again Theodosia will have to take on secret societies, evil curses, and dark magic too sinister to imagine, especially if it falls into the wrong hands. Blocked at every turn, Theodosia will have to rely on her own skill and cunningand#151;along with a little help from the most unexpected places.
Being able to detect black magic isnandrsquo;t all tea and crumpetsandmdash;and for Theodosia Throckmorton, it can be a decidedly tricky business! When Sticky Will drags Theo to a magic show featuring the Great Awi Bubu, she quickly senses there is more to the magician than he lets on, setting in motion a chain of events she never could have bargained for.
Meanwhile, back at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, Henry is home for the spring holidays and makes an accidental discovery of an artifact that alchemists have been hunting for centuries. Soon, every black-cloaked occultist in London is trying to get their hands on it . . .
In this fourth book in the series, Theodosia sets off to Egypt to return the Emerald Tablet--embedded with the knowledge of some of the ancient world's most guarded secrets. Accompanied by her cat, Isis (smuggled along in a basket), Theo plans to return the artifact, then explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and oh, yes-- help her mother dig up treasures on her archeological expedition. But nothing ever works out as planned, especially when a precious treasure appears suddenly, and then just as suddenly disappears . . . When the Serpents of Chaos get involved, Theo finds she's digging up a lot more than she expected
Nathaniel Fludds life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousinthe worlds last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the worlds only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.
Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the worlds mythical creatures and extinction.
Too bad Nates not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure . . .yet.
In the fourth book about Theodosia Throckmorton, Theo must return the Emerald Tablet embedded with ancient secrets to its home in Egypt.
A new illustrated middle-grade series from Theodosia Throckmorton author Robin LaFevers!
Nate Fludd, Beastologist, is back in the camel saddle in hot pursuit of a missing, deadly Basiliskand#151;the King of Serpents. As if saving an entire Dhughani village from the Basiliskand#8217;s poisonous gaze isnand#8217;t difficult enough, Nate and Aunt Phil must begin to piece together the mystery of his parentsand#8217; disappearance and protect the lone copy of the Fludd Book of Beasts from a sinister man who always seem to be one step ahead of them. Pack your goggles, rue, and an extra pair of gloves and join Nate on another unbelievable adventureand#151;thereand#8217;s no rest for the worldand#8217;s youngest beastologist-in-training!
The next riveting adventure in the Theodosia Throckmorton series!
Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theoand#151;and only Theoand#151;who is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum.
When Theoand#8217;s mother returns from her latest archaeological dig bearing the Heart of Egyptand#151;a legendary amulet belonging to an ancient tomband#151;Theo learns that it comes inscribed with a curse so black and vile that it threatens to crumble the British Empire from within and start a war too terrible to imagine. Intent on returning the malevolent artifact to its rightful place, Theo devises a daring plan to put things right. But even with the help of her younger brother, a wily street urchin, and the secret society known as the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers, it wonand#8217;t be easy . . . she quickly finds herself pursued down dark alleys, across an ocean, through the bustling crowds of Cairo, and straight into the heart of an ancient mystery. Theo will have to call upon everything sheand#8217;s ever learned in order to prevent the rising chaos from destroying her countryand#151;and herself!
About the Author
Born and raisedandnbsp;among the sprawling cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, Kelly Murphy now writes from her child-sized apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her articles have appearedandnbsp;in Brokelyn, Brooklyn Based, Chic Today, NCTEand#8217;s The Council Chronicle, and various other publications. Kelly graduated from Penn State with a degree in English and currently works in publishing.