Mysteries of the Ancient Pyramids

Children - Educational
100 Pages
Reviewed on 07/31/2020
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Author Biography

Linda Sohner has a deep interest in the cultures that came before. She seeks out those times and places where woman were honored and help important positions in the society. She has worked with children as a teacher, therapist and administrator.

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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Caroline’s father is an archeologist at the University of Arizona. The family recently moved to Arizona from Ohio. Caroline was sad to leave behind her best friend, Polly, and Polly’s brother, Joey. As soon as summer arrived, the friends were visiting at Caroline’s new home, having adventures in archaeological finds and digs. After an adventure in Arizona, Caroline’s father took them to Mexico, where they learned about and explored ancient Mayan archaeological sites. The two girls wandered off in the jungle and managed to get lost in a torrential storm. Seeking refuge in a cave, they discovered some new Mayan finds, which become the most intriguing historical discovery in the area.

Linda Sohner’s Middle-Grade novel, Mysteries of the Ancient Pyramids, is the third book in this series that explores the wonders of history and discovering hidden treasures of the past. Like the previous books in the series, this book doesn’t disappoint. With lots of interesting information about Mayan life, art, and culture, the plot develops with ease, both entertaining and educating the young reader. The young people in the story are cleverly described to create a realistic narrative to which young readers will easily relate. The dialogue is genuine and, although at times detailed in historical information, it flows smoothly, while at the same time being interesting and educational. The author definitely knows Mayan history and has managed to incorporate her knowledge in a story that will captivate young readers. Once again, a very enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next adventure in Caroline and Polly’s exploration of ancient cultures.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Good friends are hard to find, so when best friends Caroline and Polly are separated when Caroline’s family moves from Ohio to Tucson, Arizona, the young friends do their best to stay connected, including having Polly and her brother, Joey, visit Caroline during the summer holidays in her new home in Arizona. Caroline takes great pride in sharing many things about her new home: the arid desert in which she lives, with its fascinating flora and fauna, and the Hopi culture and the archaeological site at Chaco Canyon. The visit is more than a learning experience for the children, as an adventure awaits when they stumble on artifact thieves and assist in the arrest.

Linda Sohner’s middle-grade adventure novel, Mysteries of the Ancient Pueblos, is the second book in the series featuring the three friends, Caroline, Polly, and Polly’s brother Joey. The story is told in the third person narrative with lots of dialogue to keep the story moving, even when there is a lot of knowledge being shared with the young characters as well as young readers. This is a great educational novel as the children in the story and readers learn about desert life and Hopi culture. The plot develops with lots of action and excitement, as well as some humor as the characters act just like children, doing interesting and fun things. I enjoyed the way the author wove historical and archaeological information into the plot without making it too dull. A fascinating and fun read.