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.