Jake Atlas and the hunt for the feathered god by Rob Lloyd Jones

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Jake Atlas series. Walker Books, 2018. ISBN 9781406377712
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Themes: Adventure, Egypt. Aztecs. Jake Atlas at 12 and a half years old is often in trouble. His parents are archaeology professors and so are a little out of the ordinary. Adventure seeks Jake out and the resultant books are a thrilling ride through ancient civilisations with lots of research that enhances the text and so will intrigue eager readers. In the first outing for Jake Atlas, 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. An adventure ensues taking them all over Egypt and finally into a showdown with the People of the Snake.
With Jake Atlas and the feathered god, the readers will again be on the edge of their seats as Pan and Jake match wits with mercenaries and treasure hunters and the Lady of the Snake. The family is on the run in Egypt from the People of the Snake, and are doing all they can to stop them playing with the future of mankind, ending up in Honduras where the Feathered God once was found. Into this intrigue step the International Police, hot on the trail of the villains, and with Jake's high tech gadgets, fun abounds.
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.
Fran Knight