Carnegie Long-List 2011
This book has taught me not to judge a book by its cover. My friends all told me that this book deserved 10 stars, so I borrowed it with high expectations. However, looking at the contents, I was dismayed to see a chapter called “I have a date with the god of toilet paper”. I was even more dismayed to discover that it was written by Rick Riordan, the author of Percy Jackson: the most boyish, nonsensical series I’ve ever read. However, it turned out to be a great book, intertwining the modern and the mythical, resulting in a witty combination!
When Carter and Sadie’s father blows up the Rosetta Stone, he releases the five gods of Ancient Egypt. One of them is Set, the god of chaos and evil, who imprisons their father in a golden coffin. The children then set off to rescue their father, and, on the way, encounter 5000-year-old monsters, ancient magicians, and secrets that should never have been uncovered…
Unlike the Percy Jackson series, this book can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of gender. I give this book 8 stars and recommend it for ages 10+. It is a good adventure novel.