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Children of the Lamp #1: The Akhenaten Adventure [Paperback]

Philip Kerr , P. B. Kerr
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Sep 2005 Children of the Lamp (Book 1)
Non-identical twins Jonathan and Philippa Gaunt live in New York. The early arrival of their wisdom teeth at the age of 12 coincides with an ominous earthquake in Egypt, and heralds strange dreams and a trip to London. There they meet eccentric Uncle Nimrod. He tells them the truth about their background - they are born of a Djinn mother and as a result they themselves have Djinn powers. Nimrod himself turns out to be an important figure in the Djinn world and soon the children find themselves in the midst of a titanic battle of good and evil set across three continents.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439670209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439670203
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh in 1956 and read Law at university. Having learned nothing as an undergraduate lawyer he stayed on as postgraduate and read Law and Philosophy, most of this German, which was when and where he first became interested in German twentieth century history and, in particular, the Nazis. Following university he worked as a copywriter at a number of advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi, during which time he wrote no advertising slogans of any note. He spent most of his time in advertising researching an idea he'd had for a novel about a Berlin-based policeman, in 1936. And following several trips to Germany - and a great deal of walking around the mean streets of Berlin - his first novel, March Violets, was published in 1989 and introduced the world to Bernie Gunther.
"I loved Berlin before the wall came down; I'm pretty fond of the place now, but back then it was perhaps the most atmospheric city on earth. Having a dark, not to say black sense of humour myself, it's always been somewhere I feel very comfortable."
Having left advertising behind, Kerr worked for the London Evening Standard and produced two more novels featuring Bernie Gunther: The Pale Criminal (1990) and A German Requiem (1991). These were published as an omnibus edition, Berlin Noir in 1992.
Thinking he might like to write something else, he did and published a host of other novels before returning to Bernie Gunther after a gap of sixteen years, with The One from the Other (2007).
Says Kerr, "I never intended to leave such a large gap between Book 3 and Book 4; a lot of other stuff just got in the way; and I feel kind of lucky that people are still as interested in this guy as I am. If anything I'm more interested in him now than I was back in the day."
Two more novels followed, A Quiet Flame (2008) and If the Dead Rise Not (2009).
Field Gray (2010) is perhaps his most ambitious novel yet that features Bernie Gunther. Crossing a span of more than twenty years, it takes Bernie from Cuba, to New York, to Landsberg Prison in Germany where he vividly describes a story that covers his time in Paris, Toulouse, Minsk, Konigsberg, and his life as a German POW in Soviet Russia.
Kerr is already working on an eighth title in the series.
"I don't know how long I can keep doing them; I'll probably write one too many; but I don't feel that's happened yet."
As P.B.Kerr Kerr is also the author of the popular 'Children of the Lamp' series.

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You can tell from the very first page that P. B. Kerr had great fun writing his novel, The Akhenaten Adventure. The way the author introduces his wittily-named characters and atmospheric setting, the fun tone of his narration--all signposts that a hugely entertaining story is in store. The first instalment of his Children of the Lamp sequence may be set firmly in the present day, but it soon breaks away from its apparent normality and encompasses several wonderfully colourful parts of the globe, England and Egypt included.

John and Philippa Gaunt, two twelve year old not-very-identical twins, live a privileged life on the Upper East of Manhattan with their wealthy parents and two curiously-mannered Rottweiler dogs called Alan and Neil. Both children realise there’s something amiss with their world when a string of strange things begin to happen after their wisdom teeth are extracted. They dream the same dreams, become stronger, zits clear up. Wishes wished in their presence inexplicably come true. And when their estranged Uncle Nimrod asks them to come to England for the summer during one such shared dream, the discovery of their destiny is set in motion.

For they are descended from a long line of Djinn, have great inherent powers and must suddenly call upon them a lot sooner than they anticipated. The ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten is not as dead as history has so far declared and his legion of seventy magical djinn could tip the balance of power in the magical realm and affect the whole world order.

P.B. Kerr, under his regular name Philip Kerr, is the author of several bestselling thrillers for adult readers. His debut novel for children is a slick, zeitgeisty fantasy adventure that is sure to win him a new raft of fans. The Blue Djinn of Babylon is next up for those who get hooked. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Humans are made of earth, djinn are made of fire - and John and Philippa discover that they are half djinn. This first volume of their adventures, as they are trained in their djinn powers by Uncle Nimrod, takes them to Egypt and pits them against the evil Iblis in the race to find the lost djinn of Akhenaten - and the ultimate battle with Akhenaten himself. This gripping audio version is read by Hugh Bonneville. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A young adult fantasy with a difference 17 Aug 2005
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Just reading the first chapters of this book persuaded me to go online to see if there were any more in the series. (Sadly - not yet)
Like The Arabian Nights, this book takes you on an enchanting adventure to foreign places, in this case Egypt, and is filled with magical things, mystical things, incredibly clever things and some very funny things.
John and Phillipa are twelve year old twins, with a remarkably beautiful and talented mother, and a very rich but not very handsome father, who live a life of luxury in Manhattan. One day, their wisdom teeth appear simultaneously, and they begin the adventure of a lifetime, thanks to some djinnii genes, a wise old uncle named Nimrod, his one-armed butler, and an agoraphopic ancient djinn who really loves keeping himself bottled up.
From New York to London to Egypt and back, the twins' adventures are filled with excitement as they undergo training in the use of their newly discovered magical powers, but are also fraught (I always wanted to use that word) with danger, as they battle the evil tribes of djinn, to preserve the balance between good and evil in the world.
This story gives young adult adventure a push into another direction, and should be fun reading for people who liked Artemis Fowl and The Edge Chronicles.
Put me on the wait list for the next episodes.
Amanda Richards
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Funny & Enjoyable Story 18 April 2005
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Although initially attracted to this book, the few slightly negative Amazon reviews meant that I didn't get around to reading it for several months. Now, having read and thoroughly enjoyed it, I can only assume that the negative remarks were made by rather jaded adult readers who have perhaps forgotten that this is written for children. Most children I know cannot tell the difference, stylistically speaking, between Enid Blyton and Eoin Colfer; what matters to them is whether a book has a good story or not - and this book certainly has.
This is an ideal book for 9/10 year-olds. The writing style is easy to read, the chapters are short, and there's always plenty of action not to mention bucket-loads of humour. I have to admit that there's a slight tendency to overuse the word 'very' - but I find I can overlook the odd little stylistic flaw as long as the plot keeps me hooked. Mr Kerr's past experience in adult thrillers means that he provides his younger readers with both a briskly paced adventure and an intriguing mystery story. Lots of excitement - but nothing too scary for those who want to read it before going to bed.
It probably won't have the same crossover adult appeal of a Harry Potter book, but is certain to entertain most young readers aged 8 - 12, and younger ones too if read out loud to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The Akhenaton Adventure is an amazing book about two twins, John and Philippe. The two children have normal lives, but when they have their wisdom teeth out at an incredible age it turns into an extraordinary adventure, from an eccentric uncle to being a camel what else can happen?
This is an excellent and exciting read all the way through, unpredictable things happen at unexpected times: I didn't even know what was happening in the museum!
I urge you to read this book, to read a great story. It is a great book demanding to be read and has a strong plot. I would rate it 10/10!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Children of the Lamp 3 Feb 2006
Format:Hardcover
John and Phillipa Gaunt are twa children, but also, as they find out in a dream where their uncle Nimrod tells them that they are djinn and that they must come to Londen to visit him, where he can teach them how to use their powers. They end up going to Egypt in search of the seventy lost djinn of Akhenaten, an evil ghost pharaon. On the way they meet Iblis, the chef of the Ifrit, or the "badies".
I found this book great, and funny. I could hardly put it down. The title makes it sound a bit boring, but it's not at all boring. There was no boring bit, and the story is very logic, but you have to belive in LUCK and MAGIC and GHOSTS and most of all DJINN to appreciate this story. I recommend this book to people who like Egypt and magic and have a sense of humour. I personnaly loved this book and will tell my familly to read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Akhenaten Adventure 8 Oct 2007
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Children of the Lamp is the first book of The Akhenaton Adventure series. This book introduces John and Philippa Gaunt, twelve year old twins, who live pretty ordinary lives with their parents. That is, until John suddenly gets a bad toothache. Strangely, the boy's wisdom teeth have already started to grow in and need to be removed immediately. In twinly fashion, Philippa has also gotten her wisdom teeth early and these teeth also need to be removed. This surgery begins a weird series of events beginning with a shared hallucination of the twin's uncle during surgery and leading to a family secret concerning magical Djinn powers.

Children of the Lamp is a delightful magical adventure that will be enjoyed by all ages. Extremely well written, filled with lots of adventurous twists and turns, and completely entertaining. A touch of humour, sarcasm, and quirkiness make the characters more endearing and the storyline even more enchanting. I can't wait for the next adventure.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why all the excitement? 14 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
This book has been hyped for quite some time now, with a seven figure film deal and the usual "next Harry Potter" tags. Sadly, it doesn't even come close. The writing is dull and listless, with the author trying too hard to be hip and funny, and the story is rather ordinary. The characters are one-dimensional and you never really care about them. It all feels dreadfully forced - P B Kerr is an adult writer and here is straining outside his natural audience I supect. The idea of half djiin children is interesting but hardly desperately original either. Publidhers should stop "elephant hunting" (i.e. lookng for a Potter series) and concentrate on individual books and authors, then we might be spared these rather poor clones.
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Read this as a child and loved it so had to track it down again. Brilliant book.
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I got this book for Christmas along with the second of the series, the Blue djinn of Babylon. Now, I am 13 and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I recommend it for 12-15... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I (long past childhood!) really like all the children of the lamp books.

My daughter is now 8 and I introduced her to the first book in the series. Read more
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I loved this book. I am not a child. I am 60 year old. I have read all the other Children of the Lamp books and am looking forward to the next being written.
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Published on 5 Feb 2005 by Keirsten
1.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like every failed writer's off-day
Having seen the negative comments written by the previous reviewer the only area I want to comment on is the writing style. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2004 by hfffoman
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and trying too hard
This is another much-hyped cross-over book, with talk of $1 million film rights and so on. The reality is that it is rather mundane, with a linear plot, one-dimensional characters... Read more
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