The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

The Chronicles of the Stone - Book One

Children - Adventure
326 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2016
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is Book One in The Chronicles of the Stone middle grade adventure series by Fiona Ingram. Adventure seeking Adam and his cousin, Justin, vacation in Egypt with their Aunt Isabel and grandmother. A peddler gives Adam a mysterious Egyptian scarab, but an Egyptologist, Dr. Khalid, finds out and attempts to steal it. Archaeologist James Kinnaird, who claims to know the location of the legendary Scarab King's tomb, is missing and the boys are convinced the artefact is linked to his disappearance. The cousins find clues about the Scarab King while exploring the Sphinx and cruising on the Nile. The scarab’s aura lets Adam experience visions about ancient Egypt, and he and Justin manage to decipher some of its hieroglyphics. While they are exploring another historic site, Dr. Khalid's henchmen abduct the boys and take them into the desert, but a deadly sandstorm traps them while riding camels.

Adventure lovers will get the opportunity to become tourists on an exciting tour to Egypt through this magnificent novel, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram. This is an engrossing children’s mystery with non-stop action and interesting dialogue. I enjoyed the entertaining drama while learning about Egypt’s rich historical past. Justin and Adam are smart, fun, and brave. Each possesses distinctive skills that the other lacks. The other characters are also persuasive. Fiona Ingram impressed me immensely with her relaxed, eloquent storytelling that will delight both pre-teens and adults. I look forward to the continuing adventure in The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, Book Two.

Anne Boling

When cousins Justin and Adam traveled to Egypt with their grandmother and Aunt Isabel an adventure awaited them. Scottish archaeologist, James Kinnaird was missing. His theories concerning the Scarab King were controversial.

Mysteries abound in Egypt. Adam acquired a special antique Scarab. Sinister Dr. Khalid was very interested in Adam’s artifact. Aunt Isabel’s camera was stolen. The boys face danger and kidnapping. Can they rescue Kinnaird, solve the mystery and find treasure?

Too often it is difficult to find books that will hold the attention of 10-15 year-olds. They prefer action packed books. The lead characters in this book are Justin and Adam. They will appeal to the focus audience. The boys are intelligent, diligent and brave. They are excellent role models. Fiona Ingram has not short changed the secondary characters. They are well developed with personalities and voices of their own. The plot is fast paced and action packed. Adults will enjoy this book just as much as preteens.