If you haven’t started reading the Shadows from the Past series, I really think you’re missing out. It starts with the Shadow of Atlantis, and we meet Jemima and Joe, twins who have come to live with their Uncle Richard, an archaeologist, because their parents have mysteriously disappeared.  Everyone is trying to help the twins with their grieving, but the twins know better; along with Max, their superb cat, they have discovered not only a book that takes them into the past, but also that their parents were ahead of them – and lost the key to get back.  Consequently, Jemima, Joe, Max and their friend Charlie are now working their way through the adventures that the book insists they take – landing them in one historical hotspot after another.

In the fourth book, as you may have guessed, they arrive in ancient Egypt – at the time of Tutankhamun.  This is a very well constructed adventure, leaning heavily on Max’s abilities to act like a cat – oh, wait, he is a cat, isn’t he?  Well, Max is definitely the star with all the best lines in this adventure.  There are some excellent twists of the tale (or do I mean tail?) and a lovely reconstruction of a well-researched period for which there is surprisingly little evidence.  Ms Leighton-Porter’s intrigue and machinations are all too believable and she may well have discovered the truth about the boy-Pharoah.  Although Max was really the one who discovered the plot and almost changed history.

Full marks for a great and exciting adventure… More please – oh, wait, I think I have three more to read already!

The Shadow of the Pyramid by Wendy Leighton-Porter

I bought this from Amazon for my ereader, although I don’t guarantee I paid full price for it.


Book Review | The Shadow of the Pyramid by Wendy Leighton-Porter
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9 thoughts on “Book Review | The Shadow of the Pyramid by Wendy Leighton-Porter

  • 12 October, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    This sounds like a book an adult with a young heart would like!

  • 15 October, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Ancient Egypt, a subject very close to Little Miss History’s heart. Can’t wait to read it!

  • 16 October, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I did not know these series! I have a budding archaeologist at home, so I’m definitely going to check out this books!

  • 19 October, 2014 at 3:48 am

    HI Jemima, I didn’t know about this series either and it is SEVEN BOOKS IN…so YES, thank you for sharing. That’s why I love the #kidlitbloghop so many new authors, bloggers, and books to learn about.
    Thanks for posting and being part of the hop!
    Kimbra Power
    Barefoot Librarian

  • 22 October, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    This was actually the first one I read in the series. I distinctly remember reading on a plane read across the country (finishing it quite quickly). I just love these books by Wendy! They are something special. Thanks for sharing your review in the Kid Lit Blog Hop

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