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The Akhenaten Adventure: Children of the Lamp Book 1 (The Children of the Lamp) Hardcover – Import, 1 October 2004
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John and Philippa Gaunt, two twelve-year-old not-very-identical twins, live a privileged life on the Upper East of Manhattan with their wealthy parents and two curiously-mannered Rottweilers named Alan and Neil. The twins realize there's something amiss with their world when a string of strange things begin to happen after their wisdom teeth are extracted--they dream the same dreams, become stronger, their zits clear up, and wishes wished in their presence inexplicably come true. And, when their estranged Uncle Nimrod asks them to come to England for the summer during one such shared dream, the discovery of their destiny is set in motion.
John and Phillippa discover that they are descended from a long line of Djinn, have great inherent powers. They must call on these powers a lot sooner than they anticipated, though, because the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten is not as dead as history has so far declared and his legion of seventy magical djinn could tip the balance of power in the magical realm and affect the whole world order.
P.B. Kerr, under his given name Philip Kerr, is the author of several bestselling thrillers for adult readers. His debut novel for children is a slick, zeitgeisty fantasy adventure that is sure to win him a new raft of fans. The Blue Djinn of Babylon is next up for those who get hooked. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay
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- Publisher : Orchard Books (1 October 2004)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0439670195
- ISBN-13 : 978-0439670197
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 649 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.18 x 22.86 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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But I needn't have worried because this book is excellent and the story is very compelling (I can see a child eating this up).
The story centres around two children, John and Phillipa, who are told by their uncle Nimrod that they are in fact "djinn" (otherwise popularly known as genies). They received their djinn powers after their wisdom teeth were removed. The two kids go to stay for the summer at Nimrod's house in London but it isn't long before they are off to Egypt to be trained in the ways of the djinn. They learn that there is a war going on between the good djinn and the bad djinn.
It isn't long after that when Nimrod gets word from a shady Egyptian antiques dealer that the tomb of Akhenaten has been found. This former Egyptian ruler was a cruel leader who kept 70 djinn hostage and Akhenaten's tomb has never been found (until now). Legend has it that the trapped 70 djinn were entombed along with Akhenaten. Whoever frees those 70 djinn will tip the balance of power between the good guys and the bad guys. So the race is on to find those 70 djinn!
My only complaint about the story is that Kerr shows some prejudices towards the French and the Russians (mainly the French) and he isn't shy about displaying those prejudices in the story. I think it's wrong to do this in a children's story. A children's author should set a good example and NOT teach children that it is OK to be prejudiced towards other nationalities!
Apart from the irritating French-bashing, this was a good book.
The Akhenaten Adventure is a fun read full of quirky humor. The descriptions of the settings are well done and allow readers to get a good visual picture of what is going on. The pacing is a little slow at the beginning, and it takes a while to find out who the antagonist is, and what challenges the young djinns will have to face. While there is not a lot of action, the premise of the story and the humorous characters make it a worthwhile read. Suitable for middle grade readers.