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Reviewed by Emilija Ryks for Readers' Favorite
In Kiwi in the Realm of Ra by Vickie Johnstone, when Whiskers makes a time machine, Kiwi is reluctant to let Amy and James take a trip with him. Even if it is a special trip to Ancient Egypt for Amy’s birthday. She relents when they discover that Dev has gone back in time and changed the time line, getting stuck in the past and causing Kiwi’s parents to never meet. If they can’t get him back to the present before a day passes, the changes become permanent. This would cause a problem for more than just Kiwi, and they depart with Furrball, Siam, Hammy, and Whiskers for the time of Rameses II. Dev, of course, does not make getting him back very easy and he’s in more than a little trouble with the god of the afterlife.
This was a very fun and entertaining story. While it is helpful to already be familiar with the Kiwi series, it is by no means a requirement since Kiwi in the Realm of Ra more than stands on its own. With lots of facts about the Egyptian empire and several new and very entertaining characters cleverly woven into the plot, Vickie Johnstone creates a story that is both educational and engaging. Sometimes the Egyptian trivia is a little close for easy reading, but it gets clearer in subsequent tellings. The settings are varied and it is apparent that the Egyptian culture is something of a passion for the author. Curiosity, danger and fun collide in a fast paced tale that takes the cats and their friends back in time, all the way to the realm of the underworld and back in Kiwi in the Realm of Ra.