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*Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris* by R.L. LaFevers- young readers book review
Also by R.L. LaFevers:

Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris
by R.L. LaFevers
Ages 9-12 400 pages Houghton Mifflin November 2008 Hardcover    

R.L. Lafevers brings to life an appealing character for young readers in his brainy and quick-witted Theodosia. Harry Potter and Charlie Bone fans will find more than enough to satiate their reading preferences in this up-and-coming series. What is most refreshing about Lafevers' work is the intelligence and passion for self-education that his protagonist displays. The moral behind this character’s strengths? It's good to ask for help when needed, but if you want to get anywhere in life or succeed at any goal, it takes self-dedication and education.

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris takes readers on a great ride through an exciting plot rife with awakened mummies, prowling Anubis, secret societies, ancient magic and spirits, evil governesses, deadly power plays, and possible catastrophic mayhem at the hands of chaos’s most driven cult members. Hidden in the depths of Theodosia's father’s museum lies one of the world’s most powerful artifacts: the Staff of Osiris. Though her research uncovers the knowledge that the wielder of the staff has the power to regenerate the dead, she is unaware of the death that it can also bring.

With the staff active and the city’s mummies mysteriously relocating in the night, it doesn't take long for catastrophe’s cult, The Serpents of Chaos, to sniff out the cause and steal the staff. Knowing that the power of this awesome artifact is in dangerous hands, Theodosia joins forces with the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers and a new secret society, the Arcane Order of the Black Sun, to unravel the plans of the evil Serpents of Chaos. If Theodosia can't determine their plans and find the staff, a great many people will die at the hands of Chaos.

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris is a fun and imaginative novel for young readers. The museum setting and the Egyptology laced throughout the storyline add a bit of reality that is often lacking in books of this sort. Of course, there are restless spirits, powers of protection, and other such ancient magic contributed to the ancient artifacts, but this plays entirely off the beliefs of the Egyptian culture under the dynasties that ruled those lands long ago. This novel is a great addition to the collection of books Lafevers has brought to young readers around the world.
Young readers book reviews for ages 8 to 12 years old

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