Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh
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Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh

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by R. L. LaFevers, Yoko Tanaka
     
 

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In this fourth book in the series, Theodosia sets off to Egypt to return the Emerald Tablet—embedded with the knowledge of some of the ancient world’s most guarded secrets. Accompanied by her cat, Isis (smuggled along in a basket), Theo plans to return the artifact, then explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and oh, yes— help her mother dig

Overview

In this fourth book in the series, Theodosia sets off to Egypt to return the Emerald Tablet—embedded with the knowledge of some of the ancient world’s most guarded secrets. Accompanied by her cat, Isis (smuggled along in a basket), Theo plans to return the artifact, then explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and oh, yes— help her mother dig up treasures on her archeological expedition.

But nothing ever works out as planned, especially when a precious treasure appears suddenly, and then just as suddenly disappears . . .

When the Serpents of Chaos get involved, Theo finds she’s digging up a lot more than she expected!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Her fourth adventure finds eleven-year old Theodosia Throckmorton on a mission to return two powerful antiquities, the Emerald Tablet and the Orb of Ra, to the wedjadin in Egypt. Theodosia is acting in her role as a member of the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers of antiquities who protect them and their power from the evil Serpents of Chaos. To accomplish her mission she persuades her mother to return to a dig in Luxor. The stress of both helping her mother and deceiving her as Theodosia conceals the antiquities and participates in secret meetings is the cause of both humorous and suspenseful encounters. Theodosia employs a young donkey boy Gadji as a guide. He proves invaluable in assisting in her quest to protect the Emerald Tablet which is embedded with powerful secrets. Yet when he is kidnapped along with her mother, Theodosia must risk her life and that of her beloved cat Isis to save them from the Serpents of Chaos. Keeping her ability to feel both the good and evil powers of the gods hidden from her mother becomes increasingly difficult. LeFevers' vivid descriptions enable the reader to picture the search for ancient Egyptian tombs in the early twentieth century. This exciting series also provides young readers with an introduction to Egyptian mythology. Part of the "Theodosia" series. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
From the Publisher
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
– A BookSense 2007 summer pick
– Starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly
– A Junior Library Guild selection
– Exclusive audio rights sold to Audible
– Included in Target’s fall ’09 plan-o-gram
– French, German, Polish and Italian rights sold
– Nominated for the Agatha Award (mystery writing) in Best Childrens/Young Adult category
– Selected for Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers (VOYA, 2007)
– Selected as one of the Top Ten Crime Fiction for Youth 2008, Booklist on-line
– A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year 2008

"A sure bet for Harry Potter fans.” – Booklist, starred review

"A perfect blend of mystery and humor.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers
– Selected for the Winter 2008-2009 Kid's Indie Next List
– Exclusive audio rights sold to Audible
– Enthusiastically reviewed for the Amazon Vine reading program
– Polish and French rights sold
– A Today Show Holiday Book Pick, 12/12/08
– Nominated for the 2009 Cybils awards

“Clever and exciting, just like the previous book, this also features a layered relationship between Theodosia and her grandmother. Nonstop action in a delightfully English package.” - Booklist

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus (spring ’10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547390185
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/04/2011
Series:
Theodosia Series, #4
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Theodosia and the Last Pharoah
"[A] highly entertaining story." —Toledo Blade

"The fourth book in the notable Theodosia series proves to be the most engrossing adventure yet…despite its fourth place in the series, this book easily stands alone." —Books for Kids blog

"Happy times await those who are hoping for a new Theodosia book." —Fuse #8 
 
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
– A BookSense 2007 summer pick
– Starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly
– A Junior Library Guild selection
– Exclusive audio rights sold to Audible
– Included in Target’s fall ’09 plan-o-gram
– French, German, Polish and Italian rights sold
– Nominated for the Agatha Award (mystery writing) in Best Childrens/Young Adult category
– Selected for Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers (VOYA, 2007)
– Selected as one of the Top Ten Crime Fiction for Youth 2008, Booklist on-line
– A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year 2008

"A sure bet for Harry Potter fans.” – Booklist, starred review

"A perfect blend of mystery and humor.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris
– Selected for the Winter 2008-2009 Kid's Indie Next List
– Exclusive audio rights sold to Audible
– Enthusiastically reviewed for the Amazon Vine reading program
– Polish and French rights sold
– A Today Show Holiday Book Pick, 12/12/08
– Nominated for the 2009 Cybils awards

“Clever and exciting, just like the previous book, this also features a layered relationship between Theodosia and her grandmother. Nonstop action in a delightfully English package.” – Booklist

Meet the Author

R.L. LaFevers lives in Southern California. Learn more at her website: http://www.rllafevers.com/

Yoko Tanaka lives in Los Angeles and Bangkok with her husband and three cats. In addition to illustrating the Theodosia books, she has also illustrated The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo and a picture book, Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker. Her artwork can be found at yokotanaka.com

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Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow awesome! Unbeleivable! Undescribable!!!! (But talk abou a cliff hanger!) I wonder what she'll do with the arcane order of the black sun. Urgh!!! I'm waiting a whole year for 2 new books to come out!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly original plot full of intrigue & fast paced. This is a must read series for all fans of mystery , underdogs & magic. The heroine is so believable and charming. You will be cheering for her all through the book.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh is the fourth book in this impressive and intelligent middle grade series. It's also my favorite book thus far. In the past, Theodosia has been mostly confined to the Antiquities Museum of London, where her father is the curator, or the streets of London, but this book takes place entirely in Egypt. This brings a whole new facet and feel to the book, making the Egyptian magic tangible in a way that it hasn't been in the previous books. With the new setting, come new characters. Gadji, the donkey boy that Theo befriends, is funny and cocky and his monkey Sefu is fantastic. I missed Sticky Will, but Gadji certainly made up for the other boy's absence. There are a slew of new characters within the various secret organizations, so they can be a bit difficult to keep straight, but I love how complex the series is becoming. Instead of giving us more questions, R.L. LaFevers gives us a bucket load of information to ponder. In doing so, Theodosia matures a great deal. Learning some of her history adds another layer to what was already an intriguing series. Theo is still just as adventurous and ambitious as ever, but she grows so much in this installment. Her parents lack of attention starts getting to her and we finally see her break down because of it. She loves her family and she values the role she plays within the Brotherhood of Chosen Keepers, but she's still only an 11 year old girl. And 11 year old girls need their parents to pay attention to them and do more than tell them they're in the way. Theo's fierce attitude and determination have flourished even without the encouragement of her family, but I look forward to seeing how some of the revelations learned here, play into how she conducts herself in the future. Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh is another splendid journey into ancient Egyptian magic and mythology. Theo is certainly a character to remember, what with her stubborn will and unwaveringly good nature. She fights for what she believes in and she fights for it hard. Be it her family, her friends, or even the world, Theodosia is always up for the challenge. Add in a few secret organizations, a couple of powerful Egyptian artifacts, some family secrets, a chatty monkey, and an oddly intuitive cat, and you have yourself a series that is memorable and entertaining. I'm waiting on pins and needles for the next one!
Dranea More than 1 year ago
I received this as an advanced reader's copy to give a review on, and I must say this was a fantastic book! This was the first of this series that I have read, and the author did a fabulous job making sure that the reader could follow the entire story without becoming lost and feeling this something was missing. The necessary back story was explained without giving away all of the surprises that I will get when I go back and read the books that came before this one (trust me, Miss Theodosia has my attention, I want to know all of her story!) The Egyptian environment was a wonderful background for a story, I love hearing about the gods and goddesses and the magic they held. Any child who is interested in the ancient Egyptians will love this book. It is full of adventure, excitement, mystery, and surprises! I give this book an A for the characters, storyline, originality, and environment! Get a copy of this as soon as it comes out, you will not be sorry!! (for more enjoyment, go get the first books too, before this comes out so you and Theodosia have some history before diving into the wonders of the Last Pharaoh!)
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This book was great! It is one of my favorites. You have to read it. :)
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Loved it! A must read. Can't wait until the 5th book!
RebelJim More than 1 year ago
These are really neat books. A great character and good story lines. Hope there are more to come.
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This book is awesome
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I heard the 5th book will come out the begining of 2014
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only complaint is the current lack of the fifth installment. I don't like waits!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is a great book. It is filled with adventure and excitement! Highly recommended especially for people that love ancient egypt. A lot better of a book than I would of thought.
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