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Book of the Dead (TombQuest Series #1)
     

Book of the Dead (TombQuest Series #1)

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by Michael Northrop
 

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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 crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients--the Death Walkers--are also brought back to life.

An ancient evil

Overview


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 crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients--the Death Walkers--are also brought back to life.

An ancient evil has been unleashed. Mummies are awakening. New York is overrun with 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 that means going head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.

Read the New York Times bestselling book, then continue the adventure online! Build an Egyptian tomb of your own, hide treasure and protect it with traps, then challenge your friends to play through!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/24/2014
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.)
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Praise for TombQuest Book 1: Book of the Dead:

A New York Times Bestselling novel

"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."-- Kirkus Reviews

"A thrilling adventure rich in Egyptian mythology and magic. . . . Sure to be a blockbuster." -- Booklist

“Nonstop action . . . reluctant readers will enjoy the fast-paced story and the accompanying interactive computer game, and they will look forward to future installments.” -- Voice of Youth Advocates
"The plot moves quickly and will appeal to reluctant readers looking for adventure [and] danger." -- School Library Journal

VOYA, February 2015 (Vol. 37, No. 6) - Bonnie Kunzel
This introduction to a new multiplatform series introduces twelve-year-old Alex Sennefer, whose mother is an Egyptologist at the Met in New York. Alex is fascinated by his mother’s profession but is losing his battle against a debilitating disease. His best friend is Ren (short for Renata) whose father also works at the museum. That is where Alex and Ren are when the invasion of the soul stealers begins, linked to a new exhibit featuring the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Before it is all over, Alex dies and is brought back to life by his mother. Unfortunately, her use of the Lost Spells from the Book of the Dead awakens five Death Walkers who begin wreaking havoc around the world. In New York, it is the Stung Man mummy who comes to life and, accompanied by multitudes of scorpions, goes underground. Alex, with the magical amulet left behind by his missing mother, a colleague of hers from Germany with his own magical amulet, and Ren with her analytical mind are the three “heroes” who enter an abandoned subway station to battle this ancient evil, but this is just the beginning. Book two will take Alex and Ren to London, where it is raining blood and where they hope to find his missing mother. Nonstop action, great horror descriptions, and good teen camaraderie provide a perfect background for the adventures of this dynamic duo. Teens, especially reluctant readers, will enjoy the fast-paced story and the accompanying interactive computer game, and they will look forward to future installments. Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel; Ages 11 to 14.
Children's Literature - Suzie Davis
Due to Alex Sennefer’s mysterious and seemingly incurable illness that leaves him weak and constantly struggling for breath, he is unable to attend school and spends quite a bit of time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where his mother, Dr. Bauer, works as an Egyptologist. While she is setting up a new display that includes the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Alex takes a turn for the worse and ends up in the hospital on the brink of death. Dr. Bauer is desperate to save her son’s life and, in an attempt to cure him, invokes the magic of the Lost Spells, unknowingly setting off a deadly chain of events. Five “Death Walkers” are released from their tombs; it’s raining blood in London; and people all over the world are dying under suspicious circumstances. Odd things are happening at the museum as well. The main exhibit in the Egyptology display, the Stung Man, has disappeared along with Alex’s mother. Alex has been miraculously cured and he is determined to find his mother and return the Stung Man to his tomb. With the help of his friend Ren and a co-worker of his mother’s, Dr. Todtman (who knows more about what’s happening than he lets on), they embark on a treacherous adventure that involves hidden tunnels, booby traps, mummies and scorpions. Northrop does a great job of keeping the story moving with plenty of magic, action and suspense, so that middle grade readers (especially those that struggle with reading) will enjoy this story. Following in the footsteps of the 39 Clues series, Tombquest has an online game so readers can continue the adventure by designing their own Egyptian tomb with traps, treasure and monsters. Reviewer: Suzie Davis; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-04
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545723381
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/27/2015
Series:
TombQuest Series , #1
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
97,229
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, an epic book and game adventure series featuring the magic of ancient Egypt. He is also the author of Trapped, an Indie Next List selection, and Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club pick. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at www.michaelnorthrop.net.

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Book of the Dead (TombQuest Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning is very slow, about the first eighty pages, then it gets better. Despite the beginning, this is another good Scholastic series.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: You know that life isn’t good when you’re 12 and you’re gonna die. The doctors don’t know what disease you have and they can’t help you. That’s Alex Sennefer’s life. That is, until his archaeologist/museum curator mom (think Indiana Jones – she works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art) finds the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and uses it to bring Alex back from the dead (he had been dead for 10 seconds). Great, right? Well now a bunch of strange stuff is going on – museum mummies changing positions, strange weather patterns – and an ancient cult rising. The Death Walkers threaten everything in the world and Alex (and his best friend, Ren (who is a girl)) have to stop them. What I Liked: This is a great start to a new series. There are 5 books planned for the series with the last one being published in March or April of 2016. Unlike Scholastic’s other multiplatform series, Tombquest will be written by just Mr. Northrop (the other series have different authors writing different books). Multiplatform means there is an online game to go with the books. I think that’s cool and a way to bring kids into reading when they may not be so interested in reading. Mr. Northrop really built up a great story. Alex is a great character, and Ren really reminds me of one of my classmates. The beginning of the book is a bit tense because Alex is always sick, but it builds up for the adventure that is going to happen. The book is non-stop action-packed. The dialogue was hilarious and very realistic. Plus, the online game for it is really cool! The game is easy to use and appropriate for kids. It requires a Scholastic account (free to sign up for). I think it would have been better to have an example of the game on the main page so kids and parents could read what it is about before signing into it, but that’s only a minor point. The graphics are very cool. You can build your own tomb and raid others’. It is a nice compliment to the book. I like how there are lots of little touches in the book – like the chapters are numbered with Egyptian numbers and there is an Egyptian alphabet in the back of the book. Mr. Northrop wrote a great adventure with a satisfying ending but left a ton of questions and plenty to write about in the next book. I am looking forward to the next adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was AWESOME!!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Ancient Egypt, Modern Danger Alex Sennefer has been sick all of his life, but it is getting worse.  In fact, after a particularly rough couple of days, he is rushed to the hospital, where the prognosis is not good.   And then Alex makes a miraculous recovery.  But he wakes up to strange stories happening all over the world.  Might it have to do with the recently found artifacts in the Egyptian exhibit his mother was setting up?  Can Alex and his best friend, Ren, help stop the evil that has been unleashed?   The book was a bit slow to get going despite a few teases about the story to come, but once it did start, it rushed forward with a bang.  I found my heart racing and palms turning sweaty as I was reading a few of the scenes late in the book.  The characters were good and helped pull me into the story.   The ending sets up the next book and definitely leaves things open.  With the set up for the series out of the way, I expect it will be a fast paced, heart pumping read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZIN BOOK!! ONE OF THE BEST IVE EVER READ!!!! A MUST READ!!!!!!