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THE RED PYRAMID (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)

Author: Rick Riordan

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Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Carter and Sadie, brother and sister who have been living apart for their whole lives, watch their father disappear in a fiery explosion on Christmas Eve. The two soon learn that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking and fighting amongst themselves. Can Carter and Sadie work together to find their father, and save the world at the same time? And, why are they both hearing ancient voices? Ride along with this brother and sister duo as they take on Egyptian history!! This is the first title in this adventure series for middle grade readers.

Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Reading Level: 3.5

Age of Child: Read with children ages 11 and 14. Also read by the Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: My kids were excited to read this because they loved Riordan's Percy Jackson series. This one did not disappoint.

Teen Reviewer: This book is amazing. I really like Rick Riordan's style of writing because it is humorous, interesting, and action-packed. I would recommend buying this book and it is recommended for anyone who has the ability to read it. Along with this book, I would recommend the next books of the series and the Percy Jackson books.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book, too. Actually, I couldn't put it down! I was I pretty sure I would like this book, but honestly, I liked it more than I thought I would.

Pros: Riordan combines historical fiction and every day situations and makes them funny. Kids are hooked from the get-go. The reading level makes this a nice selection for high interest/low readability readers.

Cons: The biggest con is that I have to wait for another book to come out, to find out what happens!!

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I never say buy, but this one's a keeper. All ages will love this book. It is sophisticated enough for an adult, but humorous and fast-moving for children.


Educational Themes: There is a lot of Egyptian mythology in this story.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review.

Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, mystery, mythology, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2010, February 2013

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