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Sep 03 2015

A Lottie Lipton Adventure : The Secrets of the Stone by Dan Metcalf

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A & C Black, 2015. ISBN 9781472911841
(Age: 7-10) Recommended. Lottie is a brave, young would-be detective who happens to live in the British Museum with her Uncle Bert, the Curator of Egyptology.
Lottie has a strong sense of adventure, which comes in handy when there is a late night break in at the museum. Clues are discovered and Lottie, her uncle and the museum caretaker Reg, begin a night time chase through London for information to solve the whereabouts of Neptune's missing trident. Of course, they are not the only ones interested in the outcome as a famous thief is on the trail as well.
This is a fun story that gives the reader chances to solve the riddles before Lottie does on the following page.
There are lots of connections to history, starting with the Rosetta Stone and ending with the Elgin Marbles. Children who love history will enjoy these links and may be inquisitive enough to find out more information.
The novel is about 75 pages long, with many black and white illustrations. Young, confident readers will enjoy this book and will have appeal to 7-10 year old students. I recommend this book and will include both titles (the other Lottie Lipton title is The Curse of the Cairo Cat) in our primary school library.
Jane Moore

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