Monday Book Review: Children of the Lamp by P.B. Kerr

Fans of fantasy novels and Egyptian culture will enjoy this series. We use it as a summer reading book at my school since the students study ancient cultures (Egyptian and Greek) during sixth grade.

photo-28Title: Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure

Author: P.B. Kerr

Genre: fantasy

Age group: middle grade

Synopsis: When twelve-year-old twins John and Philippa have their wisdom teeth removed, they simultaneously dream of seeing their Uncle Nimrod who tells them they must come visit him in London. After their surgery, the twins convince their parents to let them do exactly that. In London, the twins learn that they are from a long line of djinn who help to maintain the balance of good and bad luck in the world. The problem, their Uncle Nimrod reveals, is that another tribe of djinn is looking to increase the bad luck, and it’s up to them to keep the evil djinn from causing chaos in the world.

Fans of the Percy Jackson series will enjoy this book. It’s a fun adventure book with a bit of mystery thrown in. The characters travel from New York to London to Egypt and back to London. The climactic scene happens in the British Museum. When I was there two summers ago, I had to take some pictures of Room 65 where all the key action happens. And here it is!

The Sign Identifying Room 65 in the British Museum

The sign identifying Room 65 in the British Museum

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Some of the artifacts in Room 65

 

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