From the Publisher
Praise for the Newbery Honor book, The Golden Goblet
"Exceptionally vivid, swiftpaced, and stirring."The Horn Book
"An exhilarating story of the arduous fulfillment of a boy's dream . . . We are given a most worthy hero in Ranofer, one who struggles with his own fears and ideals, who smarts under his own cowardice, but who finds the power to rise to his own strength. This plus the vividly detailed setting make the book an excellent choice."Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Ranofer’s life has been a struggle ever since the death of his beloved father Zutra, a goldsmith by trade. Ranofer loved nothing more than learning about the delicate art form from his father, while he dreamed of a future that was filled with making golden handiwork fine enough to grace the necks of the queens and kings of ancient Egypt. These dreams were dashed when Ranofer finds out that he has a stepbrother named Gebu and that Gebu has inherited his father’s goods and now owns Ranofer. Gebu is a stonecutter and seems up to no good when Ranofer discovers that gold is missing from his place of work and he suspects that Gebu is working with Ibney, the winemaker and that they are perhaps smuggling gold out in wine skins that Ranofer is forced unknowingly to deliver to his evil brother. Just when Ranofer finally makes a friend named Hecate at work, his brother forces him to quit and become an apprentice stonecutter. Ranofer knows that his brother will kill him if he mentions his thoughts about the thievery, because he has been beaten for far less, but he cannot just let him get away with this, plus it seems like Gebu may have his eyes on a far more golden prize. Ranofer works with Hecate and an elderly man that he’d met in the papyrus fields and the three play detective to find out what the evil Gebu has planned while the rest of Thebes will be at the High Nile Feast. A riveting audiobook that Charles Carroll brings to life immersing the listener into the City of the Dead while teaching in such an interesting way, what life would be like three thousand years ago. I especially enjoyed the superstitions, pyramids and suspense. What a wonderful story of the past utilizing characters that the reader can really root for. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan; Ages 9 to 12.