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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello is a historical, time travel fantasy suitable for young adult and pre-teen readers. Rosa is not your ordinary tenth-grader; she hears the voices of dead people and can communicate with them. Her grandmother had the same gift, but Rosa is not so sure what a great gift it really is. Those voices interrupt her when she's trying to take tests, and she's gotten F's and ended up in trouble at school because of them. People have also started to wonder about her outbursts in the middle of class. One afternoon, when she's at home working on a history project about ancient Egypt, she's interrupted by a voice that mispronounces her name, which is then followed by a physical manifestation, who claims that he's Tutankhamen, and that only she can help him and his queen.
Cheryl Carpinello's coming of age fantasy, Sons of the Sphinx, educates as it entertains. I loved reading about the various time frames that Rosa and Tutankhamen visit, and got a kick out of seeing the Sphinx in pristine shape through their eyes. Rosa is a plausible and funny main character who's been absolutely hopeless with guys and then finds herself with a gorgeous guy who just happens to be thousands of years old ... and is already taken. Sons of the Sphinx is filled with suspense and adventure as the two time travelers work against deadlines and the machinations of the evil Horeheb. Carpinello is masterful in her descriptions of ancient Egypt and makes this time travel fantasy very enjoyable indeed. Sons of the Sphinx is highly recommended.