As the Guardian of the Crystal of the North, young Susan Sinclair must help restore balance throughout history.
But can she survive the incredible adventure awaiting her in ancient Egypt?
When Susan is suddenly pulled away from her home and she watches her crystal dwindle as she travels,
she feels truly lost.She lands in mud, water, and reeds. She has nothing. Soldier find her and take
her to a mysterious man who has summoned her to Egypt and is very disappointed to find that his
summoning produced a young girl. He was expecting a mighty wizard. To save face he names her daughter
She is truly stuck in ancient Egypt and must make the best of her life, hoping that she will have her
crystal again in the end. She must learn an entirely new culture and work out how to fit in with her
new circumstances. She is taken to the court of the Pharaoh and befriends some children of the court.
Susan travels up the Nile with Pharaoh until disaster strikes. Everything changes for Susan and Egypt
in an instant and she must strive to keep hope alive that she will eventually return home.There are
many tense moments in her life as she wrestles between home-sickness and finding her place in
Egyptian society.Only her daring and her friendships help her through.
"An impressively well crafted and exceptionally entertaining novel by for young readers ages 8 to 12 by an author with a genuine flair for originality, "A Rare Gift" is the first volume in Rosemary Ludlow's outstanding 'Crystal Journals' series and unreservedly recommended for both elementary school and community library collections. Also very highly recommended is "Pharaoh's Tomb" http: //www.midwestbookreview.com/cbw/dec_17.htm#Fiction
By Roberta A. Rich on June 12, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition 12 June 2017 Review of Crystal Journals: "Pharaoh's Tomb."I read Rosemary Ludlow's first book A Rare Gift, the first of the series last year and was impressed and delighted by the interesting characters and the nice, clean well written prose. I enjoyed this second of the series, Pharaoh's Tomb every bit as much. Rosemary Ludlow has once again written a riveting book in the further adventures of Susan Sinclair, a gusty, brash girl who is given a crystal which propels her into travels back in time.This time the magic crystal takes Susan to Egypt where the fun continues.
I have been fascinated by ancient Egypt since grade school and I loved this book not just for the finely drawn characters but also for the delicious tidbits of history of ancient Egypt―youth braids, how tombs were 'booby trapped' to discourage theft, papyrus boats, scrolls, and ornate jewelry. Pharaoh's Tomb is well researched and contains a number of intriguing details about the culture and society of ancient Egypt.The climax is dramatic and satisfying; the denouement shows Susan's gentle and compassionate nature.
I especially enjoyed how Susan learned to speak ancient Egyptian- a nasty potion is forced down her throat. If only such a potion really existed! I would be first in line, no matter how nasty it tasted. No more tiresome study of the subjunctive and irregular verbs.I was glad to read that the author is working on three more books in the series. Keep them coming, Rosemary!
Series: Crystal Journals
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 3 - 6
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 22nd February 2017
Publisher: Comwave Publishing
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.3