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Friday, July 9, 2010

The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid

Rick Riordan’s latest offering starts a new series somewhat akin to his Percy Jackson books. This series, however, focuses on another group of deities – the Egyptian pantheon! Will the Kane Chronicles be as good as the Percy Jackson series? After reading the first book, I have to say it will be at least as good if not better!
Summary: Carter and Sadie Kane, despite being siblings, have spent very little time together since the death of their mother six years ago. Carter has travelled with his Egyptologist father while Sadie has lived with her grandparents, only seeing her father and brother on occasion.

When their father brings them together on Christmas Eve, then disappears in a mysterious explosion, Carter and Sadie discover that the Egyptian gods are real, and that Set, the evil god who killed his own brother, Osiris, is planning to destroy the world as they know it. Can the two siblings defeat Set, avoid the magicians known as the “House of Life,” (who want to kill them) and begin to trust one another after years apart?

Like the Percy Jackson series, this series will get the reader interested in learning more about the culture and gods discussed. Get ready to start researching your Egyptology, parents and teachers! Your kids are going to be digging in!


Age Appropriateness:
Grades 4 and up

Areas of concern (content):
Foul Language: none
Nudity/Adult Content: none
Violence: mild

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