When they win a trip to Egypt to work with a famous archaeologist, fifteen-year-old twins Gannon and Wyatt begin a quest to discover Cleopatra’s tomb. The mummy- and snake-filled adventure that results brings a touch of Indiana Jones and a pinch of noir mystery to the middle-grade genre. Told in the boys’ alternating journal entries, each of their voices takes a distinct shape: Wyatt is ambitious, serious, and clever (and he knows it), while Gannon plays practical jokes, says “As-salamu Alaykum” (hello) to the men with guns who stand guard at the airport, and is secretly worried about getting a mummy’s curse. They both have their positive and negative qualities, and their relationship buoys them on their perilous undertaking. Academic and enthralling, this book will entice fans of ancient Egypt and world travel. Ages nine to twelve.
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