In this mystery adventure, four star students struggle to save the world when their slightly eccentric teacher vanishes, leaving cryptic messages behind; they have only their ingenuity and expertise to solve the puzzles. Fifteen-year-old Amberrelates the unfolding drama as she is joined by her friends: fashionista Lisa, techno-whiz Trendon and imperturbable Joseph.Apparently Ms. Holcomb knew she was heading for what appears to be a possible kidnapping, but she is less concerned with being rescued than she is with the safety of a powerful artifact—the Tebah Stick—connected to the original Ark of the Bible. Heavy with Indiana Jones overtones, the relic is both hugely powerful and sought by evildoers who want to use the power of the Tebah Stick to rule the world.Chance and knowledge combine to help the kids work out the clues as danger increases. Astute readers will find the clues a mixture of the opaque and the easy,but this is not realistic fiction, and the complications and daring escapades take it a big step beyond Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys in excitement.The dire consequences of failing are so exaggerated that solving the puzzles may not be much fun for readers, but those who favor a little fantasy element in their mystery will enjoy the ride.(Adventure. 11-15)
The Guardians of the Hidden Scepterby Frank Cole
Amber never dreamed her archaeology class would turn into a top secret mission that would take her across the globe, but when her teacher goes missing, Amber realizes it's up to her to protect the Hidden Scepter or risk unleashing an ancient power too terrifying to imagine. This guaranteed page-turner from the bestselling author of the Hashbrown Winters series is
Amber never dreamed her archaeology class would turn into a top secret mission that would take her across the globe, but when her teacher goes missing, Amber realizes it's up to her to protect the Hidden Scepter or risk unleashing an ancient power too terrifying to imagine. This guaranteed page-turner from the bestselling author of the Hashbrown Winters series is perfect for the adventurer in your family.
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- 8.34(w) x 5.76(h) x 0.97(d)
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- 11 - 15 Years
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Mysterious trips to the museum, Booby traps, Archaeology findings, Kidnappings, Friendships, and Betrayals... It's all in here waiting for you to find it... Just beware of the ones guarding the treasure... Amber LOVES her archaeology class and her teacher, Dorothy. So when Dorothy sends a strange letter from her latest travels, Amber realizes that her teacher is in trouble. Following clues in the letter Amber and her friends must travel to a strange place to find a strange artifact in order to solve the strange puzzle that is keeping Dorothy from returning. Intriguing! Captivating! Leaves you so wanting MORE!
This was an awesome book
The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter by Frank Cole is a modern Indiana Jones type book. The main characters are 14 years old and in a cool private school. Amber loves her archaeology class and her teacher, Mrs. Holcomb - herein lies the problem. Mrs. Holcomb (prefers to be called Dorothy) goes missing and it is up to Amber and her friends to find the clues to bring her home safely. A fun read that didn't disappoint. Most concepts in this book will be well handled and understood by the younger crowd. My kidlets will be in 4th and 5th grades this year and I believe they'd handle this book well and enjoy it too! (I'm sure if it was made into a movie too, no one in my house would complain!)
This book was fantastic! I did not want to put it down. The book follows Amber, a high school student with an apititude for puzzles and archaeology. After receiving a mysterious letter from their teacher, Amber and 3 fellow students start to worry about her. Their concern soon turns into an adventure that takes the around the world. I love having a strong, smart female character. I know there are others, but I feel like you can never have too many good role models for young women. Especially ones that show it is good to use your brain at all times. The story was fast paced, but it never felt rushed. I read half the book in one sitting without even realizing how much I had read. If I were a few years younger I probably would have finished it in one sitting. There were twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. This book had action and adventure in heaps. Someone calls Amber "Indiana Jane," and I think this is an accurate nickname. I was fascinated by the world and stories presented. I highly recommend this book if you like fun, fast reads full of peril and discovery. This book is set up perfectly for sequels, and I would love to have more of Amber and crew. This is a great book! Galley provided by publisher for review.
My 9 year old son devoured this book. He has started Fablehaven, Lighting Thief, and Harry Potter, but none of those kept his attention like "The Guardians of the HIdden Scepter." He loves Indiana Jones and so this was right up his alley. This action/adventure has a little bit of comic relief and the characters are great to read. This is a must for kids and adults. We also love Frank Cole's "Adventure of Hashbrown Winter's" series as well.
I fell in love with Frank's Hashbrown Winter's series, so when this book came out I jumped on it! He did NOT disappoint me. I am a Children's librarian, and read ALL the time. So many children's books (YA as well) are just fluff...don't leave much to the imagination, and have no depth to the characters. This book grabbed me in the first chapter! The characters are well thought out, and real. It's adventure, mystery and intrigue at it's teen-aged finest. I felt like I was right there next to the characters through the whole thing. I completely enjoyed it, and can't wait for Frank's next book. There will be a "next book," right Frank?? I certainly hope so. If you haven't read Frank Cole's other books, DO IT! You will seriously laugh out loud! Comment
I'm not sure how I feel about this book being written for a younger audience. The first half is fairly steady paced, but all necessary information to the intensity that comes a little later. Indiana Jones could find some competition in archeological savvy-ness with these kids. Entertaining and informative (though a lot of what goes on is purely speculative and hasn't really been proven), this book made me exercise a bit of imagination power to visualize what was going on. I felt like I was in the middle of an adventure movie! One day I'll read it out-loud to my kids. (When I have kids to read to, that is).