REVIEW! Tombquest: Book of The Dead by Michael Northrop

19 Jan

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS ONE!

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Tombquest: Book of The Dead

By Michael Northrop

197 pages (ARC)- ages 9+

Published by Scholastic on January 27, 2015

Synopsis: You know that life isn’t good when you’re 12 and you’re gonna die. The doctors don’t know what disease you have and they can’t help you. That’s Alex Sennefer’s life. That is, until his archaeologist/museum curator mom (think Indiana Jones – she works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art) finds the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and uses it to bring Alex back from the dead (he had been dead for 10 seconds). Great, right?  Well now a bunch of strange stuff is going on – museum mummies changing positions, strange weather patterns – and an ancient cult rising. The Death Walkers threaten everything in the world and Alex (and his best friend, Ren (who is a girl)) have to stop them.

What I Liked: This is a great start to a new series. There are 5 books planned for the series with the last one being published in March or April of 2016. Unlike Scholastic’s other multiplatform series, Tombquest will be written by just Mr. Northrop (the other series have different authors writing different books). Multiplatform means there is an online game to go with the books. I think that’s cool and a way to bring kids into reading when they may not be so interested in reading. Mr. Northrop really built up a great story. Alex is a great character, and Ren really reminds me of one of my classmates. The beginning of the book is a bit tense because Alex is always sick, but it builds up for the adventure that is going to happen. The book is non-stop action-packed. The dialogue was hilarious and very realistic. Plus, the online game (see it HERE) for it is really cool!

screenshotThe game is easy to use and appropriate for kids. It requires a Scholastic account (free to sign up for). I think it would have been better to have an example of the game on the main page so kids and parents could read what it is about before signing into it, but that’s only a minor point. The graphics are very cool. You can build your own tomb and raid others’. It is a nice compliment to the book.

I like how there are lots of little touches in the book – like the chapters are numbered with Egyptian numbers and there is an Egyptian alphabet in the back of the book.  Mr. Northrop wrote a great adventure with a satisfying ending but left a ton of questions  and plenty to write about in the next book. I am looking forward to the next adventure!

I give “Book of The Dead” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Want to know more? Check out Mr. Northrop’s website HERE or Scholastic’s website HERE.

12 Responses to “REVIEW! Tombquest: Book of The Dead by Michael Northrop”

  1. readingwithrhythm January 19, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    An on-line game to go with the book?! What a great idea!

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  2. Catherine Johnson January 19, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    That sounds really cool, Erik! If that can’t get Matthew reading nothing will. I wish I knew how to create an online game to match a book. Wouldn’t that be neat.

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  3. Jilanne Hoffmann January 20, 2015 at 2:21 am #

    Oh, I really like the plot! It sounds very interesting. My son might want to take a look at this. Thanks!

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  4. S.W.Lothian | Author January 20, 2015 at 4:35 am #

    Sounds good, Erik. Adding to my TBR list

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  5. Patricia Tilton January 20, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    Very interesting plot with a cool online game.

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  6. Anonymous November 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    does anyone know the theme and mood of the book

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks November 12, 2015 at 7:38 am #

      The book is themed after a kid trying to stop an evil Egyptian threat from taking over. The mood is slightly dark, but completely appropriate for kids about 8+.

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