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Spanning the globe from England to Egypt, Secret of the Scarab is a young adult adventure story filled with action, mystery, and suspense. Set in the early 1920's, the book centers on an orphaned 11-year-old British schoolboy named Robert Henry. Through a friend, Robert comes into possession of an ancient Egyptian talisman that leads him into an astonishing adventure....

Title : Secret of the Scarab
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ISBN : 9780615530017
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 142 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Secret of the Scarab Reviews

  • Rick F.
    2018-10-08 22:33

    "Spanning the globe from England to Egypt, Secret of the Scarab is a young adult adventure story filled with action, mystery, and suspense. Set in the early 1920's, the book centers on an orphaned 11-year-old British schoolboy named Robert Henry. Through a friend, Robert comes into possession of an ancient Egyptian talisman that leads him into an astonishing adventure."When reading Secret of the Scarab by the very talented Jay Roudebush,one is reminded of the classic adventure tales such as Kipling's Kim and the wonderful Sabatini novels. This is not simply an adventure story- rather Mr. Roudebush has used his impressive writing skills to create an atmosphere- in which the reader willingly enters and feels as if he/she is in the middle of the action. In Robert Henry, Jay Roudebush has managed to create a character so complex yet very approachable for the reader- We understand his motives and thoughts and the reasons behind them- all the workof a superb writer! I kept thinking that had this book came out in the 1930's, and made into a film- Freddie Bartholomew would have mad a perfect Robert!A JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READRICK FRIEDMANFOUNDERTHE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK

  • Abra
    2018-10-10 01:28

    This seems like a self-published book. The plot is okay -- an English boy orphaned by WWI and then the Spanish Influenza is given an ivory scarab which turns out to have tremendous importance to Egyptology in the 1920s. Add in a completely ridiculous Dickensian orphanage offering lessons in Latin, a Devonshire dairy farm haven near Barnstable, a retired sea captain, a semi-magical dog, two serendipitous Egyptians and two Evil Villains, one a breeder of fighting dogs and one an effete and reptilian antiques dealer, and voila, a book. The author alludes to how easy it is to do historical research these days on the internet, and the ease shows: there are a lot of howlers in this book, from the ridiculous orphanage, to the unconvincing Brit speak ("Let's have a cuppa," spoken by the retired Naval man; "I should have done you last time" by the animal abusing villain, "Beastly fag," spoken by supposedly poor orphan bully, who sounds more like Flashman talking to Tom Brown at Rugby School). I think I am particularly sensitive to Americans writing books set in England and how they use the language. Elizabeth George drives me much crazier than Jay Roudebush in that regard.Elizabeth Peters is more satisfying in this arena.

  • Sabina
    2018-09-27 03:32

    This is a very enjoyable adventure story set in the 1920s about an 11-year-old boy who helps Howard Carter to discover the tomb of Tutanchamun.The book clearly is aimed at young readers, however the writing makes it a good read for any age group, albeit a brief one. I applaud the author for doing his homework in regards to historical details and also for resisting the temptation to include any ludicrous curses, so often associated with the discovery of Egyptian tombs, in this story. I hope the author will write more books like this, and perhaps turn his hand to adult fiction; as I said, the writing was very enjoyable.

  • Nicole
    2018-09-20 23:28

    I'm pretty sure this was a preteen/teenager/young adult book, but even as a 26 year old woman, I enjoyed reading it. I've always been fascinated with ancient Egyptian things, and I recognized Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter's names as I was reading. It was a fun, engaging story, with an old west feel to it.I loved the back cover of the book, with all the information about the educational background of the author.I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family...it was a short but satisfying read :-)

  • Diane
    2018-10-04 02:16

    The book starts as a young boy presents his grandfather with a journal. The Secret of the Scarab is a delightful read as the grandfather reminisces. It is not always an easy story as he is orphaned and eventually sent off to live with a distant relative. Along the way he is given a gift of an ancient Egyptian talisman and thus the true adventure begins taking us from England to Egypt. This is a book of history and adventure that has an appeal that goes beyond young readers.

  • Susan
    2018-10-11 00:30

    This is a fun young adult book, that would be a good addition to a leveled library.

  • Sherri
    2018-09-23 02:34

    Great book! It was meant for more of a younger reader, but it still held my interest. It's something that I wouldn't mind re-reading. Very well written.I won this book in a giveaway.

  • Donna
    2018-10-08 04:34

    Great young adult book for those interested in Egyptian history.

  • Ida
    2018-09-30 23:13

    Good action/adventure story told from the perspective of the young protagonist as an elderly man reliving his past. Vivid descriptions and engaging plot.

  • susan murray
    2018-09-20 03:10

    At first I thought I was not going to get into this story but I have really enjoyed it. The book had suspense and adventures for robert from england to egypt.

  • Jay Roudebush
    2018-09-28 05:19