The Resource Book of the dead, Michael Northrop

Book of the dead, Michael Northrop

Label
Book of the dead
Title
Book of the dead
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Michael Northrop
Title variation
TombQuest
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
When Alex Sennefer's mother uses the Lost Spells from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to bring her son from the brink of dying, she also brings back five Death Walkers, leaving Alex and his best friend to find his mother and save the world
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  • Grades 3-6 Northrop kicks off the first in a planned multiplatform series with an exciting adventure rich in Egyptian mythology and magic. Twelve-year-old Alex spends most of his time with his best friend Ren (short for Renata), haunting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his mother is an Egyptologist and Ren’s father is head of security. Alex, who has been seriously ill for most of his life, dies, and his mother uses the Egyptian Book of the Dead to restore him. In doing so, she unwittingly opens a door to the afterlife and releases the Death Walkers, evil ancients trapped between life and death. Alex’s mom vanishes, and he and Ren become embroiled in a quest to save her and stop the Death Walkers from destroying the world. Alex and Ren are a brave and engaging pair, wisecracking their way through some frightening situations. Alex and his mother’s devotion to each other is authentic without being overwrought, and Ren’s complicated relationship with her parents adds a refreshing touch of realism. Likely to be a blockbuster. -- Szwarek, Magan (Reviewed 01-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 9, p101)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — In this opening book of this new multiplatform series, sickly Alex Sennefer knows much about Ancient Egypt because his mom is an expert who works for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. She and her colleagues have discovered the Lost Spells from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which are coveted by a dark society of evil, undead Egyptian souls. When Alex's mother uses one of the spells to save his life, she unknowingly sets in motion a global reaction that finds blood raining down in London, undead things rising all over the world, and a scorpion epidemic in New York City. When she and the Spells disappear, Alex, his best friend Ren, and a mysterious scientist must try to find them while working against black magic and ancient evil. The plot moves quickly and will appeal to reluctant readers looking for adventure, danger, and minimal character development. There is also an online game component.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA --B. Allison Gray (Reviewed November 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 11, p104)
  • Northrop (Surrounded by Sharks) lays the groundwork for his five-book multiplatform TombQuest series, in which a 12-year-old boy and his know-it-all best friend fight immortal Egyptian menaces while readers participate via online games. Alex Sennefer suffers from a mysterious debilitating disease, which his Egyptologist mother cures by using a lost spell from the Book of the Dead. While the spell saves Alex’s life, it also brings evil mummies to life and summons a plague of scorpions, among other bizarre events. Using new magical abilities, Alex and his friend Ren attempt to fend off malevolent Death Walkers and the secretive Order, which has abducted Alex’s mother, along with the Lost Spells. Their only ally: scholarly Dr. Todtman, part of a group known as the Keepers. The story begins leisurely, as Northrop devotes attention to setup and worldbuilding, before shifting into high gear once the nature of the threat is revealed. If this installment doesn’t take full advantage of its Egyptian themes, it remains a fun read with solid action sequences and some gruesome imagery. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 24, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 48, p)
  • Scholastic launches its latest multiplatform series, this one steeped in ancient Egyptian magic. Twelve-year-old Alex Sennefer is blessed with a mother who would risk everything for him, a best friend, Ren (short for Renata), who accepts him just as he is, and an insatiable hunger for anything having to do with ancient Egypt. It's a good thing that his second home is the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his Egyptologist mother is preparing to open a groundbreaking new exhibition. If only his body would hang on long enough for him to see it. A lifetime of illness catches up with him, and he is pronounced dead by his doctors—but then Alex is suddenly pulled from the brink and awakens to discover he is not only alive, but also healthier than ever. Unfortunately, Alex isn't the only one being given a second chance at life. Almost immediately, he and Ren find themselves in a battle of ancient Egyptian proportions and embroiled in a quest to find his mysteriously missing mother and save the world. Like a preteen Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, Alex and Ren make a compelling duo, and Northrop balances pathos and action effectively to engage readers. Funny and smart, Alex and Ren are excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride. (Adventure. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2014)
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Northrop, Michael
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illustrations
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no index present
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650L
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fiction
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  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
5.0
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True
Series statement
TombQuest
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • Death
  • Magic
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Book of the dead, Michael Northrop
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21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
197 pages ;
Isbn
9780545723381
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2014944376
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Book of the dead, Michael Northrop
Publication
Copyright
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Content category
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Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
197 pages ;
Isbn
9780545723381
Lccn
2014944376
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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