I bought this for my almost 8 year old daughter. I grew up an avid reader and even though I dont get to read my books anymore, I enjoy sharing my animated reading style with her at bedtime. Every night we work through a few chapters of a book and while I love our one regular series, I needed something more eventful and I want to introduce her to other genres. This seemed like a great pick because we both love ancient Egypt and everyone loves a good mystery. I will say, my girl is just finishing 2nd grade and this was a bit challenging for her to read on her own. Mostly due to the Egyptian references but also because it's a legitimate chapter book. She gets tired of reading so many words per page when there's no good pictures.
We just finished the story tonight and while we were a little disappointed in how quickly it wrapped up, I have nothing but good things to say. The story is told in such a descriptive fashion that you could picture it for yourself. You were sucked in by the words and its was fun to read aloud. My girl immediately asked for the next book so we can work it into our rotation. She's also looking forward to checking out the author's website about Egypt thats included at the end.
The historical reference note included from the author was an appreciated touch. It opened an unexpected conservation about how fact and fiction are able to blend together to create these fun stories and anything that peaks some type of learning interest in my stubborn girl has my vote 110%.