Hieroglyph

Hieroglyph

TC's Adventures, Book 1

Children - Preteen
103 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2015
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Author Biography

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Scott has a New Zealand Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch.
Wendy writes fantasy and children’s novels.
One of the creeds she lives by is to always – Live a life less ordinary!
Gold Medal winner The Wishing Shelf Books Awards UK 2015, and Silver Medal winner Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2016.
Please visit www.wendyjscott.com to learn more, read Wendy’s blog, sign up for her newsletter, or to leave her a message. She loves hearing from readers.

Pen Names
WJ Scott~ Children’s
Wendy Scott ~ YA / Fantasy
Wendy Jayne ~ Romance

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Hieroglyph: TC's Adventures, Book 1 is a children's and preteen historical adventure novel written by W.J. Scott and illustrated by John Helle-Nielsen. TC lives with her Aunt Letty who's been her guardian, more or less, since the disappearance of her archaeologist parents. Letty is committed to saving the planet, and she's about to embark on a mission to save some stranded whales on the East Coast of New Zealand. While she's gone, she's arranged for TC to fly to Australia to stay with her Uncle Max, Letty's twin brother, who is an entrepreneurial archaeologist. When she heard the news, TC immediately conjured up visions of long sandy beaches, water slides and some of Max's typical crazy adventures, so she's a bit disappointed when he tells her that she'll be heading out to an archaeological site with a bunch of kids from a convention he's attending. TC has done her share of dusty sites, and she's not crazy about making new friends while she's in Australia. But this site is a little different.

W.J. Scott's historical adventure novel, Hieroglyph: TC's Adventures, Book 1, is exciting and fast-paced. TC wears gloves all the time, as she possesses some strange powers that allow her to travel back in time when she touches artifacts. In this story, her travels are especially fascinating. I loved following along as she channels the story of the ancient Egyptians on their trip to Australia, and I found myself engrossed in the lives of Kanefer and Setka. TC and Max are marvelous characters who are fun to read about, and I vicariously enjoyed the week that TC spends with her Uncle Max. Scott also brings the sights, sounds and wildlife of Australia to life in this story, and I was particularly intrigued by the traditional campfire bread that Max makes when they're camping out. Helle-Nielsen's illustrations are superb! They are precise and minimalist, and exactly suited to the story. Hieroglyph: TC's Adventures, Book 1 is most highly recommended for adventure lovers of all ages.

The Wishing Shelf Book Aw

‘A fantastical mix of history and fantasy. A GOLD medal winner and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 29
Stats
Editing: 10/10
Style: 10/10
Content: 10/10
Covers: 9/10
Of the 29 readers:
29 would read another book by this author.
27 thought the cover was good or excellent.
14 thought the plot was the best part of the book.
29 loved the ending.
19 felt the writing style was excellent: easy to follow and very funny.

Readers’ Comments
‘This book was fab! I liked that it was interesting, factual and fun too. The characters were cool and I loved the ending.’ Boy, aged 12
‘I read this book with my class of 11-12 yr olds and they loved it. They liked the historical aspect and it was a good ‘jump off’ for studying Egypt and myths and legends. The author has a very lucid writing style which kept the children enthralled till the end. Highly recommended for this age group and even older.’ Primary school teacher, aged 55
‘The best part of this book was all the mystery. Not all of it was answered so I will be hunting out the next to find out more. This is the best book I have read since Harry Potter.’ Girl, aged 13
‘I love T.C. She’s very cool, particularly her gift. The plot was amazing – even funny in parts – and I’m very glad I read it.’ Boy, aged 12
‘Exciting book with a bit of history too. My mum was pleased when I told her about it. At last, a book I like AND my mum too!!!’ Boy, aged 12

Barb

My British dad loved ancient Egypt. So infused with his enthusiasm, I have visited extensive exhibits at the British Museum and Highclere Castle. I also remember waiting in a long, long line to see the King Tut exhibition in Chicago. I'm hooked on Egypt so Ms. Scott's novel, Hieroglyph reeled me in. I loved it. She is indeed as star-touched as her protagonist, T.C. I love Scott's writing style. She is so skillful at describing her characters or her settings with just the right image. For instance, listen how she describes a simple protein shake as "green gloop that smelled like radio-active spinach with the consistency of pulped slugs." I believe that YA writers should not write down to kids so I really appreciate her craft and high-level imagery.
We are on a two-fold parallel journey with 13-year-old T.C. and her archaeologist Uncle Max. T.C. with her touch takes us back to an ancient Egyptian voyage to foreign Australian shores. In a frightful, beautifully related storm, the Egyptians go ashore, seeking riches. It is an
amusing trip upriver as we see familiar plants, trees and animals through their eyes for the first time. Koalas, kangaroos, and snakes. Oh my!
But mysteries abound. Who was T.C's orphan mother? Are her parents, also archaeologists really dead? And, of course, what does T.C. stand for? (My aunt had a cat named T.C. which stood for Troublesome Cat. Does that work?) Peppered with music on teen earbuds, engaging illustrations by John Helle-Nielsen, and royal cartouches and scarab beetles, Hieroglyph, I hope, is the first of many stories to be told by W. J. Scott. I want to know more about Aunt Letty, the environmentalist and Jett, the rebel. Lots to excavate!

Book Viral

An enchanting, multi layered novel, Hieroglyph is the new YA Fantasy release from Wendy Scott and it’s sure to grab your attention as she weaves her words with a magical touch, instilling each page with a compelling sense of adventure.  Yes, time travel is a popular theme in fantasy, but quite often it’s made overly complex and it’s refreshing to see Scott abandon staid genre tropes in favour of something more original which rises above the run of the mill teen offering. Clearly, she’s invested much by way of research to bring past and present together and whilst she sometimes stretches credibility to the limit, the result is a coherent and intriguing narrative which quickly raggers the imagination. There’s timely exposition which brings the mysteries of ancient Egypt to life whilst her young protagonist TC is confidently developed as a lead character and certainly strong enough to carry a gripping series. These alone are reasons to turn the pages, but what ultimately prevails is an innate sense of familiarity as Scott plays to our innate need for answers.
  An entertaining and highly satisfying read, if Hieroglyph is your first novel from Scott, prepare to be hooked. Definitely deserving of a place on your bookshelf, it is highly recommended.