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Sons of the Sphinx by [Carpinello, Cheryl]
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Time Travel Thriller in Ancient Egypt--When15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena, she doesn't count on falling for him. Once back in Ancient Egypt, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena is not all she must do and is not as easy as she thought it would be, even though she carries part of that lost queen in her soul. She must also keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb--who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth's evil magic--if she is to stay alive to make it back home.

2015 Readers' Favorite Finalist YA; 2015 IAN Book of the Year Finalist YA; 2015 CAL Book Award Finalist YA Fiction; 2014 Literary Classics Silver Medal for PreTeen/Tween; 2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval

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I love the Ancient and Medieval Worlds! As a retired English teacher, I hope to inspire young readers to read more through my Quest Books. Please follow me on this adventure. Hook up with me on Facebook (Author Cheryl Carpinello), Twitter (@ccarpinello), Pinterest, Goodreads, and Google. Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello's Writing Pages ( where I interview childrens/MG/Tween/YA authors; and The Quest Books ( where I've teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of England/France/Abu Dhabi to enable parents and young readers to find all of our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 898 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500554936
  • Publisher: Beyond Today Educator (Oct. 10 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MVGC96Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,011,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Sons of the Sphinx is an excellent book and I thoroughly enjoyed this great story. Cheryl Carpinello is a very talent write that has you living the life's of these characters as your reading this story ,you can almost smell the spices or the perfume that's in the air or feel the sun on your skin will traveling through the desert . This story is about a young girl called Rosa who isn't a ordinary teenage because she has the ability to hear the dead .She has inherited this special gift from her grandmother ,but since Nana told her and a friend about the visits form the spirits things haven't been quite the same.Rosa has seen the spirit of King Tutankhamun who wants to be reunite with his Queen , so Rosa wants to bring honor to the Kings family . But to Rosa surprise this must all be done with in seven days . But hurtling back to the ancient past isn't go to be easy, with evil, magic and some danger will Rosa be able to return back home. Rosa character is a teen that has some issues with angst, crushing, and like most teen she has some awkwardness which must teens do ,and she's full of fight . I could go on and tell you more about this great story but that would spoil the story for you.. I highly recommend that you read this story you won't be disappointed.
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08 Apr 2015
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Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello

Title: Sons of the Sphinx | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Publication Date: October 10, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 182 | Recommended Ages: 10+

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Armed with what she considers her grandmother’s curse, 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena. Though Hesena’s ba inhabits part of Rosa, finding the whole spirit of Hesena so that she and Tut can be together for the first time in over 3000 years proves to be a harder task than Rosa first thinks. Thrust back into Ancient Egypt with Tut, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena is not all she must do. She must keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb – who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic – if she is to stay alive to make it back home.

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My Thoughts: Rosa is no ordinary 10th grader. She can hear and speak to ghosts – a gift she finds vexing at best. But her life is turned upside down when the ghost of King Tut appears at her side telling her that the spirit of his one true love, Ankhesenamun (Hesena), resides within her. Tut only has 7 days to travel back in time to find Ay, a trusted family friend, who can reveal the location of Ankhesenamun’s final resting place, thus bringing the two together for the rest of eternity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare For a Phenonemal Adventure! Aug. 28 2015
By Fiona Ingram - Published on
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Prepare yourself for an incredible adventure in ancient Egypt when you pick up Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello. The story starts with a prophecy that sets the tone for magic, mystery, and mayhem in places. Rosa, 15, has an unusual gift she inherited from her grandmother: she hears the dead. Maybe it would be easier if she could see them and tell them to go away properly, and not have to put up with an annoying interruption in her maths test. Of course it is all Nana’s fault because once Nana told Rosa and a friend about the spirits that visited her, life was never quite the same. At age 15, when all you want to do is fit in and be accepted, that’s not the kind of thing guaranteed to win friends and influence people. The really scary part comes when, from only being a voice, the young pharaoh Tutankhamun appears large as life in Rosa’s bedroom, telling her he needs her to help in a vital mission. How much better can it get? Tut tells Rosa that part of his one true love, Ankhesenamun, is now contained within Rosa, and he needs to take Rosa along with him to find her burial place so they can be united. The problem is this mission must be fulfilled within seven days and Rosa’s parents, who’ve gone to a movie, will be back by midnight. But that’s not a problem as Tut explains what a time wrap is to the bemused Rosa. However, hurtling back to the ancient past isn’t going to be an easy ride. Danger, magic, evil and the possibility that Rosa might not be able to return home dog their footsteps.

What a story as Cheryl Carpinello displays her expertise as both a writer and an educator in her incredibly detailed portrayal of life in ancient Egypt. Readers will feel the sun’s heat, smell the perfumes and spices, taste the food, touch the artefacts, and bask in the glory of Egypt’s past. Threaded through the non stop action and adventure, the author drops in the right kind of historical information in bite sized pieces, painting a portrait of the ancient past, the story behind the rulers and their people, their relationships, and their choices, both good and bad. I really enjoyed the portrayal of Rosa as a typical teenager with the issues, problems, angst, crushes, and awkwardness of her age. The dialogue is spot on with the nuances and colloquialisms that will appeal to the intended target market. I also enjoyed Rosa’s often sarcastic inner monologue as she deals with sand, heat, sunburn and a lot of discomfort, not having had 3000 years to rack up the right kind of experience with these matters. For me, the most compelling part of this intriguing adventure is the subtle lessons Rosa learns that are contained in the story: the value of life, the value of love, trusting your instincts, trusting in friendship, finding the courage within, and finding self belief. I think teens will just love every aspect of this well written, mesmerising tale.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Spoilers Here! Nov. 23 2014
By PBnWhine - Published on
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Cheryl Carpinello is a very gifted writer. Sons of the Sphinx is a fast read that is geared toward younger readers but, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed every page. This is a fast read. A PERFECT read for the weekend, cuddled up on the couch. The story centers around 15 year old Rosa. Rosa is no ordinary teen. She can hear dead people.

Rosa tries to reunite King Tutankhamen with his Queen and bring honor to his family isn't the easy task she believed it would be.

Follow Rosa’s journey in ancient Egypt, dodging Pharaoh Horemheb (Bad guy!!) and bringing honor to King Tutankamen family. Rosa's character is my favorite. I love this young woman's spit and fire!

If you are looking for a great time travel book; give this one a try!! This would be a perfect gift for the teen in your life too!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CROSSING THE SANDS OF TIME Feb. 21 2015
By Barbara Mojica - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book from Double Decker books as part of a blog launch for the author in exchange for an honest review.

First off, I will openly admit that I am a historian with an avid interest in the field of ancient history. The author has done a marvelous job of negotiating the disputed points of this era and woven them into a seamless time travel historical adventure for middle grade, teen readers and adults. Her characters are well-developed and manage to appear authentic in both the ancient and modern time periods. Carpinello includes a glossary to assist the reader in understanding the historical figures and background.

Rosa is a fifteen year old tenth grader who has inherited a special gift from her grandmother. This teen is able to speak to people of the past, who appear to her at most inconvenient times like during a math test. At the outset of this adventure, King Tut himself not only speaks but appears to her in her room. He urges her to travel back in time with him to find the spirit of his love, Hesena. Rosa has never dated, but finds herself falling for Tut. She agrees to help him, if they can get back before her parents return from dinner and the movies. Tut assures her that the time wrap will allow them to do so.

Rosa will need to draw upon her inner spirit to connect with Hesena, fight off tomb robbers, traverse the hot sands of the Egyptian desert, and fend off the evil Pharaoh Horemheb in their attempt to complete their quest and right the wrongs that have been done. She will travel back more than 3000 years in time, but never have the opportunity to share her experience with her family and peers. Yet Rosa's talent and spirit shine through and allow her to fight her fears and grow stronger.

This was a perfect read to curl up with on a cold, snowy afternoon. Highly recommended for all lovers of history, adventure, fantasy and fun for all ages ten and older.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sons of the Sphinx Nov. 26 2014
By Stacie Theis - Published on
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Sons of the Sphinx is a titillating paranormal adventure that takes readers on a wild journey through ancient Egypt to help the ghost of King Tut find his Queen.

Rosa is a 15-year-old high school student who would like nothing more than to fit in with her peers, but Rosa's ability to hear dead people makes that difficult. Her gift, or rather curse as she views it, was passed down from her grandmother. Usually Rosa just hears the ghosts but, when the spirit of King Tut pays her a visit and she is able to see him, Rosa can't believe her eyes. But, she's more surprised by his request. He needs her help to locate his lost love Hesena and restore his family's good name. However, trouble lies in wait and Horemheb will stop at nothing to see that Rosa and Tut fail. Will Rosa put aside her fears and help King Tut fulfill his dangerous mission?

I am a fan of historical fiction and I really enjoyed Sons of the Sphinx. It is a well written tale that gives readers a glimpse of ancient Egypt and the lives of Pharaohs who reigned thousands of years ago. The author does a wonderful job of filling in details, where historians are uncertain, that add to the believability of this captivating story. Additional information can be found at the end of the book which further explains the key people in the story. A glossary also defines words and traditions used during the time period in which the story is set. The book was successful in piquing my interest in King Tut and I did further reading online about the young Pharaoh.

Sons of the Sphinx is exciting and flows quickly, easily keeping readers engaged right up to the end. I highly recommend picking up a copy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless love story at the heart of an exciting time-travel quest. Oct. 18 2014
By WLP Shadows - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a huge fan of any book involving time travel and, as ancient history is another of my passions, this story promised to be just my sort of thing. Teenager Rosa can hear ghosts - she's always heard ghosts - but this time she's a little unprepared for the person who is desperately trying to contact her across the centuries, for it is none other than the Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamun. What she doesn't realise is that, somehow, part of the spirit of Tut's long-lost wife, Ankhesenamun, resides deep within Rosa herself. The ghost of the famous pharaoh pleads with Rosa to come back with him to ancient Egypt to help find the secret resting place of his wife, in order for their souls to be reunited in the afterlife. A little in love with Tutankhamun herself, Rosa agrees to this dangerous quest, not knowing if she'll ever be able to return to the present. A perilous journey beyond her wildest imaginings awaits, in which good must triumph over evil if their plan is to succeed. The sights and sounds of ancient times are brought to life as Rosa witnesses at first-hand what historians and archaeologists can only speculate upon. A true adventure unfolds, wrapped up in a compelling tale of enduring love. And if you want to know how it all ends, well I'm not going to tell you - you'll just have to read the story for yourself! I highly recommend it.