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The Akhenaten Adventure: Children of the Lamp Book 1 (The Children of the Lamp) Paperback – Import, 1 September 2005
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"Kerr puts an ingenious spin on the enchanted-lamp theme in his first novel for children. . . ." --BOOKLIST
"A breakneck-paced, Indiana Jones-style adventure. . . . Kerr keeps the emphasis on fun...." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"[T]he humor is just right, the captivating world of the djinn is faultlessly depicted and expanded, and Kerr balances the resolution with enough uncertainties to draw readers back for the next installment. This work is likely to win new fans as well as please those who enjoyed the previous book." --VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES
"Kerr brings a wealth of invention and a solid grounding of research into djinn legends to his creation, giving the story and its deftly varied episodes a rich texture. . . . Capable writing and a well-shaped plot will reward fans returning to this series." --THE HORN BOOK
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- Publisher : Orchard Books (1 September 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0439670209
- ISBN-13 : 978-0439670203
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 249 g
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 2.54 x 19.69 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,450,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.