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Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (2007)

by R. L. LaFevers

Series: Theodosia (book 1)

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Twelve-year-old Theo uses arcane knowledge and her own special talent when she encounters two secret societies, one sworn to protect the world from ancient Egyptian magic and one planning to harness it to bring chaos to the world, both of which want a valuable artifact stolen from the London museum for which her parents work.… (more)
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RGG: Fun read---more a read-alike for The Lightning Thief (than Harry Potter) but set in turn-of-the-century England (politics of European powers including Germany in North Africa) with the vibe of Lemony Snicket. Also a great cat character. Reading Interest: 10-12
  rgruberexcel | Feb 29, 2020 |
RGG: Fun read---more a read-alike for The Lightning Thief (than Harry Potter) but set in turn-of-the-century England (politics of European powers including Germany in North Africa) with the vibe of Lemony Snicket. Also a great cat character. Reading Interest: 10-12
  rgruberexcel | Feb 28, 2020 |
RGG: Fun read---more a read-alike for The Lightning Thief (than Harry Potter) but set in turn-of-the-century England (politics of European powers including Germany in North Africa) with the vibe of Lemony Snicket. Also a great cat character. Reading Interest: 10-12
  rgruberexcel | Feb 28, 2020 |
When this little gem came across my desk, it looked like the dark offspring of Lemony Snicket and Edward Gorey. I admit, I was intrigued. When I read the book jacket, I was hooked. An eleven year old girl with the run of London’s Museum of Legends and Antiquities who routinely finds and destroys curses attached to ancient objects? Throw in an adventuresome mother, an annoying but clever younger brother and a quick-footed pickpocket, mix in the Cursed Object of all Cursed Objects, add a pinch of world domination and stir with a secret society and you have a delicious, mysterious tale perfect for those young readers looking for something beyond Harry Potter.

Theodosia Elizabeth Throckmorton spends her days, and often her nights, roaming the halls of the Museum where her father curates and her mother provides the artifacts from trips to Eqypt. Theo has an unusual gift — she can see the curses attached to many of the ancient objects her mother excavates for the museum. Using ancient texts and her own ingenuity, Theo routinely cleanses the objects so they can be safely viewed and handled by the museum staff. When Theo’s mother returns from a particularly long stay in Egypt, Theo is thrilled, until she sees the object most prized by her mother — the Heart of Egypt — which is drenched with evil. When the object is stolen from the museum, Theo and younger brother Henry embark on a mission to find it and return it to their mother. Along the way, however, they discover the Heart of Egypt is far more dangerous than they ever imagined, and Theo finds herself stowed away on a boat to Egypt where she must return the Heart to the tomb from which it came.

Action abounds in this wonderfully intelligent story. Theo is a pip of a character – a combination of Violet Baudelaire, Harriet the Spy and a young Amelia Peabody – who proves the point that children are far more capable and clever than adults think. The details involving Egyptian magic, and life inside the museum make the story come alive. Theo is a well-drawn character, and drives most of the action; I wish, though, that her parents were more fleshed out, especially her mother. I imagine we’ll see more of Theo in future stories, so LaFevers has time to complete the characterizations. Highly recommended for grades 5-7. ( )
  patriciau | Dec 27, 2018 |
I have not yet read this book.
  LynneQuan | Oct 15, 2017 |
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Theodosia and The Serpents of Chaos is a tale filled with magic spells, curses and an epic adventure. This book is about a girl named Theodosia (Theo for short) growing up in a museum where her mom keeps sending cursed artifacts from Egypt and Theodosia has to remove them all so the visitors aren't cursed. With only the artifacts and a cat for company, she eventually has to go to Egypt to save all of Britain.
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