TombQuest is the newest in Scholastics computer-enhanced mystery book series. This time the theme is ancient Egypt - a popular theme for so many kids! The first book in the series is Book of the Dead, the second book is Amulet Keepers. Mixed reaction from our testers. Most loved the Egyptian theme, but some found the book a little too scary.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
I didn't really like the book, it was about this sick kid and his mom took an egyptian spell to heal him and 5 death walkers were spawned, the rest of the book was about finding the death walkers and killing them..that's about it. It's OK if you are interested in sci fi and history cause it's a mix of both. For 10-13 yrs old, the english used is advanced.
This is a great book. I loved trying to figure out how the boy came back to life. I am so interested in Eypyt and learning about the tombs and pyramids that this book really kept me focused. It was a great mystery. It took me some time to read it because I am not a fast reader but I really enjoyed it because I love mysteries. I liked the main characters were a boy and a girl. I imagined it to be my sister and I. I do not think me and my sister would have the courage to do this adventure, especially in the subway with all those scorpions. There is no way we would have come out alive!!
WHAT ADULTS THINK
This is a great book. That keeps an 8 year old boy very interested in reading. I do not have a great reader on my hands but I do have a boy that loves adventures. This mystery adventure was up his alley. He was so interested in the main character that he would discuss what he read in the story and share it with the family over dinner. Every night he was so involved in story reading instead of the tv so he could figure out what was happening. This is the first chapter book that he would independently go to read and complete!! I will have to invest in getting more of this authors adventures. There is the computer component to the book which I think is cool. It adds dimension to the book but my son did not really engage in that part of the book.
The kids (M7, M9) haven't asked to play the game at all, but took Book #2 out of the library, mainly because they wanted to know if the Book #1 cliffhanger got resolved. (It didn't). I found the subject matter a bit too mature/scary for even my mature 9YO whose fav holiday is Halloween. Child mortality, rebirth, mummies, monsters... some big themes to cover at bedtime! That said their interest in book 2 and now 3 is important to note. And generated some discussion about ancient Egypt!
The tombs are opening . . .
Nothing can save Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can pull her son back from the brink. The problem? When she uses the spells, five Death Walkers are also brought back to life.
An ancient evil has been unleashed. Long-dead mummies are awakening. New York City is overrun by menacing scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to find his mom and save the world. . . even if they have to go head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.
Some tombs were meant to stay closed . . .