#BlogTour #PumpUpYourBook @pumpupyourbook / #Review : Sons of the Sphinx (Tales & Legends) – Cheryl Carpinello @ccarpinello #Teen #YA #HistFic

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About the Author :

Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.
“In 2008, my husband and I spent three weeks traveling around Egypt via train and visiting all those magnificent archeological sites. Since we returned home, Egypt has never been far from my thoughts. I truly believe that I left part of my soul in that ancient land. To satisfy my longing to return, I wrote Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.”

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Synopsis :

Title: Sons of the Sphinx
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing
Pages: 189
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

A grandmother’s gift usually bring happiness. Rosa’s gift: a very different story. Hearing the dead alienated her from classmates. Not good for a 15-year-old.
Many times very insistent, the dead cared little for her surroundings. They even bothered her in class. Dates? Forget that.
Then one day, he shows up in her room. An old dead guy. A really old famous dead guy. In living human form!
Thrilling story of battling good and evil in an ancient world.

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Review :

I’m going to start this review rather boldly by saying that ‘Sons of the Sphinx’ is just a re-do of ‘Tutankhamen Speaks’ and that I definitely recommend to read only ‘Sons of the Sphinx’.
Where ‘Tutankhamen Speaks’ are just kind of snippets of the boy pharaoh’s life, which are interesting, but maybe not that historical correct, ‘Sons of the Sphinx’ is really a full-on story.
One that will definitely have the attention of even the most reluctant readers as it has everything a youngster wants in a book.
It has adventure, some teenage swooning, tense moments,… and even better, very understandable vocabulary, vivid portraying and little incentives at the end of each, rather short, chapter to read further on.
A very nice way to get children / teenagers interested in Ancient Egypt, although again you need to take some stuff with a grain of salt as this part of history is still rather murky.
This said however, I do recommend this book as I very much enjoyed spending time with my favorite pharaoh since I was a little girl myself!

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