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The Long-Lost Map (Ulysses Moore) Hardcover – 1 Jul 2006
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HardCover Pub Date: 2006 07 Pages: 261 in Publisher: Scholastic Jason Julia. And Rick have discovered one of the secrets of the Argo Manor-the Door to Time Now the door has transported them to Ancient Egypt a mysterious land of labyrinths. riddles. and secrets. But when they are accidentally separated. Julia ends up at Argo Manor again-and she can't get back to Egypt. or the boys. Now Jason and Rick have to find the long-lost map of Kilmore Cove. hidden somewhere in the past. But where And with the wicked Oblivia Newton and her servant. Manfred. on their trail. the stakes are higher than ever ...
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As we pick up the action, the wall caves in under the onslaught from the other side, and during the mad scramble to escape, Julia finds herself not only separated from the boys, but back where she started, and back in the present. Jason and Rick have only one chance to get back home, and that is to locate the long-lost map (hence the title) which is hidden somewhere in the Land of Punt in ancient Egypt.
Assisted by a new friend, the boys face yet another set of mental and physical challenges, as they learn the complicated filing system of the time (the early Dewey Decimal Classification perhaps), improve their knowledge of Egyptian mythology, and outwit the bad guys (or should I say bad girl) from the present time who's also after the map for her own nefarious purposes. Meanwhile, back in the present, Julia also has her hands full, assisting the caretaker Nestor to stave off an attack by an evil henchman with a plan of his own.
Patterned off the Lemony Snicket books to a large extent, the dialogue and writing style is for slightly younger readers than the ones who devour each new Rowling, Colfer, Funke, Nix, or Riordan book, but would be suitable for the 8 - 10 age group. This is a great book to spark a young reader's interest in Egyptian mythology, as well as puzzle solving and logic.
Amanda Richards, July 12, 2006
With that said, this is a really good series. I would describe it as a chapter book for the next level of readers. This is a great series for those who have graduated from Magic Tree House, Secrets of Droon, etc.
The stories are long enough to give more substance but short enough to just have to spend an afternoon on. There is continuous action and real nice character developement. In fact, it replaces Fowl as my favorite series in this age group. I look forward to the end of this year. Book three: The House of Mirrors is due then.
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