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May 01 2017

Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by Rob Lloyd Jones

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Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406361445
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Jake Atlas is not your average 12 and a half year old. His parents are archaeology professors, his sister is a genius and he is constantly in trouble.
In Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake, the Atlas family are on vacation in Egypt when Jake's parents go missing just hours after checking in to the hotel. Jake and his sister, Pan, are on their own. With Pan's intelligence and Jake's ability to get into trouble, the siblings soon find themselves in the middle of a huge adventure. They rob a museum, invade a tomb and nearly die as they try and save their parents. Imagine Jake and Pan's surprise when they discover their parents are just like Indiana Jones with the fighting skills of a ninja! Once upon a time, Mr and Mrs Atlas were treasure hunters and a mysterious group has now kidnapped them as they need their skills to find the Tomb of Osiris. With high tech gadgets and puzzle solving, Pan and Jake race against this mysterious group to find the tomb and save their parents.
Set in Egypt with pyramids and tombs as the backdrop, readers will learn about the mysteries of Egypt while enjoying the adventure of a lifetime. As they read Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake, readers will be on the edge of their seats as Pan and Jake match wits with mercenaries and treasure hunters. The events are exciting and the vocabulary easy to read.
This novel is highly recommended to all readers aged 10+. It would also be a great read aloud novel for the year 7 classroom as they study ancient civilisations.
Kylie Kempster

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