This is a series I will be running for a little while, highlighting some excellent children's literature. During the coming months, there will be many children's books. Stay tuned to learn more about it. Read previous posts in this series here.
Title: The Secret of the Scarab Beetle
Author: William Meyer
Press: Sleeping Bear Press
Release Date: April 1st, 2016
Source: Sleeping Bear Press
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
As someone who hasn't read many middle-grade novels geared towards boys, this was an fascinating book. I think this will be a fantastic series and I am genuinely looking forward to more in this fun little series.
This book follows a boy named Horace J. Edward. He is being forced to move to Niles, Michigan with his family. He is far from excited and downright upset about it. He has always loved his family and going to the family farm, but after his grandfather passed, it is something he is struggling to come to terms with. I really liked how this book dealt with the issue of grief without making the book all about it.
His parents like most dealing with death, and trying to encourage and provide support to the living relative, in this case, his grandmother. There is also now many responsibilities at the farm that need to be tended to.
At his brand new school, he is struggling to fit in. There is this mean bully kid named Seth. He is so cruel to our main character. Of course, they are partnered for a school project. I disliked the predictable story line, but once again it is a middle-grade novel, so I am not the intended audience per se. I did like how the bully and our main character developed a friendship thanks to the grandfather's mysterious and magical gift.
The gift was this interesting Egyptian scarab battle, which is an opening that leads to time from years ago. He will become part of the secret order that is known as the timekeepers. This is a nonstop adventure.
I would recommend this book series to kids around 7-13, and especially boys but both genders will enjoy this story line. Lovers of Rick Riordan will love this book. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Sleeping Bear Press that is completely unbiased.
Eleven-year-old Horace j. Edwards is an ordinary boy whose family has just moved to Niles, Michigan. But on the first day of sixth grade, mysterious things start to happen. His grandfather dies, and Horace receives a strange gift--a stone scarab beetle.
As he works to uncover the secrets surrounding his grandfather's death and the beetle, Horace is transported back in time to the ancient Egyptian city of Amarna. He meets the future pharaoh, young King Tut, and together the two boys become engaged in a fight to save the city from total destruction and Egypt itself from Tut's evil uncle Smenk.
In the process, Horace discovers that he is the heir to an order of guardians, known as the Keepers of Time. The Secret of the Scarab Beetle is the first book in the middle-grade fantasy series Horace j. Edwards and the Time Keepers.