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 Book of the dead
 Author: Northrop, Michael

 Publisher:  Scholastic
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 197 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 681450 ISBN: 9780545723381
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Adventure fiction
 Supernatural -- Fiction
 Mother-son relationship -- Fiction

Price: $17.21

When Alex's mother uses the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead to bring him back from the brink of death, she inadvertently summons a slew of other spirits from the underworld.

TombQuest, #1

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.00
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 172509
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 65819

   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/14)
   School Library Journal (11/01/14)
   Booklist (01/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2014 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 - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 01/01/2015 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. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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