The Search for the Stone of Excalibur

The Search for the Stone of Excalibur

by Fiona Ingram


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A modern day adventure as our protagonists search for Excalibur and the treasures it holds! This is a must-read for Middle Graders keen on action, adventure, and Arthurian stories! Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?

Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. As their adventure unfolds, they learn many things and face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped.

Book extras include some historical background on King Arthur, the Dark Ages, warfare and weaponry during Arthur's time, and details on Excalibur. A fascinating peek into the life and times of the real King Arthur, perfect for young time travelers and budding archaeologists. For coloring-in enthusiasts, ten original black and white illustrations including 2 maps make for more enjoyment!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946229793
Publisher: Bublish, Inc.
Publication date: 02/25/2018
Series: Chronicles of the Stone , #2
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Fiona Ingram's earliest story-telling talents came to the fore when, from the age of ten, she entertained her three younger brothers and their friends with serialised tales of children undertaking dangerous and exciting exploits, which they survived through courage and ingenuity. Haunted houses, vampires, and skeletons leaping out of coffins were hot favourites in the cast of characters.

Although Fiona Ingram has been involved in the theatre and journalism, writing a children's book--The Secret of the Sacred Scarab--was an unexpected step, inspired by a family trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for her two nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied her on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into a children's book, the first in the adventure series Chronicles of the Stone. The second book in the series--The Search for the Stone of Excalibur--a huge treat for young King Arthur fans, is now available with Book 3, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, on the way. Although Fiona Ingram does not have children of her own, she has an adopted daughter, from an underprivileged background who has discovered the joys of reading for pleasure.

Naturally, Fiona is a voracious reader and has been from early childhood. Her interests include literature, art, theatre, collecting antiques, animals, music, and films. She loves travel and has been fortunate to have lived in Europe (while studying) and America (for work). She has travelled widely and fulfilled many of her travel goals.

* Book Award Nominations & Wins:
* Finalist Children's Fiction USA Next Generation 2009 Indie Book Awards
* Finalist Juvenile Fiction USA National Best Books 2009 Awards
* Winner Pre-Teen USA 2009 Readers' Favorites Awards
* Number 2 in the USA Children's & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favourite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens & Teens
* Winner Silver Medal Teen Fiction 2010 Nautilus Book Awards
* Finalist Children's Fiction 2010 International Book Awards
* Winner Bronze Medal Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards
* Finalist 2011 Rubery Book Awards
* Winner Gold Award Mystery Pre-Teen 2011 Children's Literary Classics Awards
* 2nd Place in the 2011 YA Sharpwrit Book Awards
* Gold Medal 2013 Wise Bear Book Awards

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The Search for the Stone of Excalibur 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
JBronder 19 days ago
We jump right into the action with Adam and Justin in Scotland at the Strathairn Castle. But they are not alone, Aunt Isabel send them with a girl, Kim. The three kids are after the second Stone of Power. They think it is the stone in the hilt of Excalibur, which has just be rediscovered. Of course Dr. Khalid is still after the kids and the stones. I love the continuation of The Chronicles of the Stone. Justin and Adam are back and not exactly happy about having a girl with them. But no matter what they think Kim comes in handy quite a bit. Of course Dr. Khalid is back and after the next stone but the kids also have a new threat, the Eaters of Poison have their own plans. The kids will have to be on their toes around these guys. But they are not just hunting for the next stone; they also need to find the Scroll of the Ancients. This holds clues for finding the other Stones of Power. This is a great action adventure for midgrade readers. I quickly found myself with the kids on their hunt for the next stone. But as they get closer they are going to find that the stakes are also higher and things are going to get significantly harder the further they go along. I have enjoyed this series and can’t wait to see where the kids are heading for the next stone. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Literary_Classics_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, by Fiona Ingram, is the long awaited sequel to Secret of the Sacred Scarab. Cousins Justin and Adam have barely settled back into a routine following their adventure in Egypt where they found the first scarab. It was risky business, but the boys received a heroes' welcome after they succeeded in getting the treasured relic to safekeeping. When the boys learn the second stone's whereabouts may have been discovered they are bound for Oxford, England where they will meet up with others intent on helping them locate the next of the missing scarabs. The boys are more than a little perturbed when they learn that twelve year old Kim, a girl they've never met, will be joining them on their quest. Their adventure has only just begun and already they are knee-deep in trouble when a sword rumored to be the famed Excalibur is stolen, and they are the prime suspects. Fiona Ingram has, once again, crafted a highly engaging book for young readers. Elements of mystery and intrigue along with a healthy dose of legend help make this an exciting adventure that kids are sure to love. A smattering of history and geography are loosely woven throughout, making this a book that is an excellent choice for home and school libraries. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite The Search for the Stone of Excalibur by Fiona Ingram is the second book in the young adult series, The Chronicles of the Stone. Continuing on their adventure to find the Stones of Power, cousins Justin and Adam find themselves in Scotland at the castle of their mentor, James Kinnaird. Fresh from their narrow escape in Egypt, James calls upon Adam and Justin to help him uncover the second stone by finding the Scroll of the Ancients, hidden hundreds of years ago by his ancestor, Bedwyr the Curious. Again, they are pursued by a mysterious cult, as well as the villainous Dr. Khalid, who wishes to use the power of the stones for evil. Joined by new friends, Ink and Kim, the cousins set out on a desperate search of Strathairn Castle for the second stone. Will they manage to find it in time and protect the secret powers or will they be too late? Miss Ingram doesn't disappoint in this second installment. I was hooked from the first book and very excited to devour the second. I was eager to learn more about the Scroll of the Ancients and found this book to reveal more about the true nature of the stones. I loved that the book took place in a familiar country. Again, Ingram describes her characters and locales in such a vivid way that the reader cannot help but picture themselves right there alongside the cousins. I loved the historical information at the end as well as the preview of the next book! I cannot wait! The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is certain to be the next great young adult book of our time!
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Fiona Ingram’s The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, Book II of The Chronicles of the Stone adventure series, continues with Adam and Justin Sinclair’s next journey. The young cousins are now heading to Scotland, to search for clues to the second Stone of Power and find the Scroll of the Ancients. However, their plan has an unexpected change. Their friend, archaeologist James Kinnaird, has been hurt and stranded in France. Also, to the boys' huge frustration, a girl, Kim Maleka, will join them – whether they like it or not.  I couldn't help but chuckle at Adam and Justin’s annoyance with Kim’s unanticipated participation. These boys had fun in their first adventure in Egypt; rescued their friend James, helped the Egyptian police crack Dr. Khalid’s smuggling ring and received medals for it. A girl would spoil all the fun! Typical boys’ mentality. Nevertheless, Kim proves to be a valuable part of the team. If Justin is the action type, and Adam is the clever one, then Kim, to me, is the one that balances them both perfectly. Fiona has an engaging writing style, and such new takes on a classic adventure theme make everything feel fresh again. Character development is the key to the story, and the dialogue is snappy. As an adult, the story is a delightful reminder of childhood fun and mischief. As for my nephew and niece with whom I had the pleasure reading this book together, entertaining is the word that describes this book. We also appreciated the extra notes at the end of the book - Readers’ Guide To King Arthur & The Dark Ages. It’s definitely an added bonus to end the story. If there are young reluctant readers in your family, this might just be the kick they need to get over that hump.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite The Search for the Stone of Excalibur: Book Two – The Chronicles of the Stone by Fiona Ingram is a top flight sequel to The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, which is itself an outstanding introductory volume to this series. In The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, we again join Adam and Justin on a quest, this time in search of the second Stone of Power. At the last minute a third child joins them, and – in spite of Justin’s initial reluctance to accept the presence of an outsider – she turns out to be a big help as the cousins once again face life-threatening danger, seemingly at every turn. In the face of terrific odds, our young heroes forge ahead in their quest, unravelling mysteries that – in some cases – have lain unsolved for centuries. Will this quest end successfully? Or will the dangers be too much for the young archaeologists this time? The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is a complex, but very engaging tale of derring-do any middle-grade student would love to delve into. The story is a compelling one, which young and old alike will find difficult to put down before the final page. No thread is left unresolved in this story, except those intentionally inserted as lead-ins to the upcoming third volume (I am very much looking forward to the publication of that next sequel). The Chronicles of the Stone is not only a very entertaining series, but provides readers with remarkably unconventional lessons in world history. I suspect that young readers who become hooked on this series will do very well in their subsequent history classes. Ingram brings history alive in her writing, making it an exciting recreational pursuit, rather than a burdensome study in academia. With Christmas coming quickly, Books One and Two of The Chronicles of the Stone would make exceptional gifts for any middle-graders on your shopping list.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Most people are familiar with the legends of King Arthur and his famous sword, Excalibur. Hollywood has made good use of the exciting exploits that surround this legendary figure in British history. Here's another twist, one that involves a group of young people and a quest not unlike the quests for the Holy Grail that scattered the Knights of Arthur's Round Table far and wide.  Justin and Adam seem like very ordinary boys. And yet, they have already seen and witnessed danger and adventure on a previous holiday (of sorts) in Egypt where they found an ancient relic of mythical powers. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is the second book in The Chronicles of the Stone series, but it reads well on its own, luring the young reader into the fast paced action and adventure as the two rather ordinary boys seek the second of these mythical stones, a stone that is believed to be associated with King Arthur and his legendary sword. The story takes the boys from their home in South Africa to Oxford, and then onto Scotland where most of the excitement takes place. They are joined by a young African girl, Kim, and a teen they meet in Oxford, nicknamed Ink (because his last name is Blott). Where there is treasure or ancient relics of mythical powers, there are bound to be others eager to get their greedy hands on the item. As the boys pursue their search, they are challenged and their lives are threatened at every turn. Fiona Ingram has written an amazing story of history and adventure for young readers. Interweaving facts with fiction, the author provides the young reader with considerable historical detail. This reads very well as historical fiction as well as adventure. It may have been written for the pre-teen audience, but it's an adventure that would appeal to all ages. Very well done!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is the second volume of The Chronicles of the Stone, a children’s and preteen historical adventure series written by Fiona Ingram and illustrated by Lori Bentley. Adam and Justin are South African cousins who played vital roles in discovering the first Stone of Power in Egypt while they were on a trip with their Aunt Isabel and their Gran. James Kinnaird, the archaeologist they helped rescue on that adventure, has sent word that the second Stone of Power has been located, and he’s invited them to his family’s castle in Scotland for their summer vacation to help with researching it. When they meet Aunt Isabel at the airport, Justin’s a bit taken aback by her companion, Kim, Isabel’s 12-year-old protegee, who’ll be spending the vacation with them. While she’s the same age as Adam, and only a year younger than Justin, he feels that he and Adam were a pretty good team in Egypt. Adam’s a bit more open to their new companion’s presence, and, before they know it, they've arrived at Heathrow Airport and are on their way to Oxford. Fiona Ingram’s children's and preteen adventure novel, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur: The Chronicles of the Stone, Volume II, continues the excitement, danger, history and discoveries of the first book in the series, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. Ingram’s done an impressive amount of historical research into the legend and history of King Arthur, and her carefully depicted setting in an ancient Scottish castle is inspired. While the author gives enough background to enable this book to be read as a standalone novel, I would suggest reading the books in order to get the full impact of the adventures and their effects on the cousins. I loved watching how Adam and Justin began their coming of age in the first volume, and seeing them continue to hone their detection skills and recognize their strengths and fears in The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is a joy. Ingram’s storytelling is masterful; she adroitly weaves historical fact and fantasy in a smooth and fluid style that makes reading this book both an exciting and intellectually satisfying treat. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is filled with action and adventure, puzzles and ghostly presences, and stalwart companions ready to face any and all perils that come their way. What more could a reader ask for? The Search for the Stone of Excalibur: The Chronicles of the Stone, Volume II is a marvelous historical adventure tale, and it’s most highly recommended.
CherylC More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed Fiona’s first book in The Chronicles of the Stone: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab that I couldn’t wait to read Book 2: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur. Instead of being set in Egypt, this story is set in England and Scotland. Having just visited there in September 2014, it was exciting to be transported back again. However, you don’t need to be familiar with the UK countryside to enjoy this story. Fiona’s descriptive details build that setting for the reader. The main characters, Justin and Adam, find themselves smack dab in the middle of danger from the moment they land in London.  And to compound matters, their Aunt has put them in charge of a girl! They meet Kim at the airport before leaving for London  when Aunt Isabel rushes to the gate, informing them that she has to fly immediately to France, and they must take take of Kim  when the three of them fly to London. Neither of the boys is excited for a tag-along, especially not a girl! Ingram’s superb dialogue  sets the reader right down in the middle of scrabbling kids.  This fast-paced adventure is full of surprises involving none other than their old enemy from Egypt, Dr. Khalid and newcomers,  the Eaters of Poison. Readers will thoroughly enjoy that most of the action takes place in a centuries old castle in Scotland.  Cliff-hangers are sure to keep the pages turning, and at the end, readers will be clamoring for Book 3: The Temple of the Crystal  Timekeeper, set in Mexico.  A great read for those reluctant readers, and as with book one, this one comes with additional materials at the back of the book to satisfy that lust for more knowledge about Arthur, Excalibur, and medieval England!