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Title:
Book of the dead
Author:
Northrop, Michael, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition, February 2015.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2015.
Physical Description:
197 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary:
When Alex Sennefer's mother uses the Lost Spells from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to bring her son from the brink of dying, she also brings back five Death Walkers, leaving Alex and his best friend to find his mother and save the world.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 6.0 172509.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.7 10 Quiz: 65819.
ISBN:
9780545723381
Format :
Book

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From the team that brought you The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals comes a brand-new epic Egyptian adventure!

Nothing can save eleven-year-old Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells - the most powerful piece of the Egyptian Book of the Dead - can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients known as the Death Walkers are also brought back to life.

Now terrible things are starting to happen. Mummies are awakening. New York is overrun with scorpion messengers. And worst of all, Alex's mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. Alex and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to save his mom and save the world . . . even if that means going head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.

Read the book, then continue the adventure online! Build your own Egyptian maze, hide treasure and protect it with traps, then challenge your friends to play through!


Author Notes

MICHAEL NORTHROP has written short fiction for Weird Tales , the Notre Dame Review , and McSweeney's . His debut novel, Gentlemen , earned him a PW Flying Start, and his YA thriller, Trapped , was published to great acclaim. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. You can visit him online at www.michaelnorthrop.net .


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Booklist Review

Northrop kicks off the first in a planned multiplatform series with an exciting adventure rich in Egyptian mythology and magic. Twelve-year-old Alex spends most of his time with his best friend Ren (short for Renata), haunting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his mother is an Egyptologist and Ren's father is head of security. Alex, who has been seriously ill for most of his life, dies, and his mother uses the Egyptian Book of the Dead to restore him. In doing so, she unwittingly opens a door to the afterlife and releases the Death Walkers, evil ancients trapped between life and death. Alex's mom vanishes, and he and Ren become embroiled in a quest to save her and stop the Death Walkers from destroying the world. Alex and Ren are a brave and engaging pair, wisecracking their way through some frightening situations. Alex and his mother's devotion to each other is authentic without being overwrought, and Ren's complicated relationship with her parents adds a refreshing touch of realism. Likely to be a blockbuster.--Szwarek, Magan Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Northrop (Surrounded by Sharks) lays the groundwork for his five-book multiplatform TombQuest series, in which a 12-year-old boy and his know-it-all best friend fight immortal Egyptian menaces while readers participate via online games. Alex Sennefer suffers from a mysterious debilitating disease, which his Egyptologist mother cures by using a lost spell from the Book of the Dead. While the spell saves Alex's life, it also brings evil mummies to life and summons a plague of scorpions, among other bizarre events. Using new magical abilities, Alex and his friend Ren attempt to fend off malevolent Death Walkers and the secretive Order, which has abducted Alex's mother, along with the Lost Spells. Their only ally: scholarly Dr. Todtman, part of a group known as the Keepers. The story begins leisurely, as Northrop devotes attention to setup and worldbuilding, before shifting into high gear once the nature of the threat is revealed. If this installment doesn't take full advantage of its Egyptian themes, it remains a fun read with solid action sequences and some gruesome imagery. Ages 8-12. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-In this opening book of this new multiplatform series, sickly Alex Sennefer knows much about Ancient Egypt because his mom is an expert who works for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. She and her colleagues have discovered the Lost Spells from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which are coveted by a dark society of evil, undead Egyptian souls. When Alex's mother uses one of the spells to save his life, she unknowingly sets in motion a global reaction that finds blood raining down in London, undead things rising all over the world, and a scorpion epidemic in New York City. When she and the Spells disappear, Alex, his best friend Ren, and a mysterious scientist must try to find them while working against black magic and ancient evil. The plot moves quickly and will appeal to reluctant readers looking for adventure, danger, and minimal character development. There is also an online game component.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.