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Lost in Petra (Anatolia Steppe Mystery Series #1)

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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Eleven-year old Anatolia Steppe arrives in Petra and finds her mother missing. But that's not unusual. Her mom's an archaeologist who often disappears into the wild-places with no indoor plumbing or connection to the Internet. An odd encounter with a ministry official offering protection sends Ana into the confusing maze of streets as she decides to find her mother herself ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 23rd 2012 by Spygirls Press (first published April 1st 2012)
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M.
Ana, age 11, has been left in the care of a new nanny, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Brown's son Gordy, also age 11. The three of them have traveled to Petra ostensibly to meet up with Ana's mother, an archaeologist, but Ana's mother seems to be missing. Where is she? Ana's dad disappeared 7 months ago, but is he really dead? Adding to Ana's missing parents are a helpful--and English speaking--street urchin, a suspect Jordanian government official, a possible antiquities thief, difficult shopkeepers, mis ...more
Jessica Buike
This was an excellent story with a simple structure perfect for middle school readers! The characters are interesting without being too one-dimensional or complex, the storyline is exciting, and there are a lot of fun cultural snippets throughout. Truly an educational yet enjoyable read. I really enjoyed it despite being quite a bit older than a middle school student, so I think it is suitable for all ages middle school and up!
Tina
The day Lost in Petra arrived, my neighbor stopped in with her 10 year old daughter. She started reading it while her mother and I talked and didn't want to leave. I did let her finish it and she said it was good and wanted to know if I had more.

As an adult reader, I enjoyed the story. It did not propel me through the chapters like many modern adventure books, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing. It actually lets you take the time to stop and think about it, rather than cutting off a chapter in
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Dolly
Oct 10, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
This is an entertaining adventure story for children. The narrative is dramatic and intriguing, but still appropriate for elementary school-age kids. We met one of the authors of this story, Melissa Boyle Mahle, at a local library program, where she talked about her life as a spy in the CIA and taught about code breaking. Our girls enjoyed her talk and were excited about decoding the message she gave them. Our oldest read the book, but our youngest chose not to.

I really enjoyed the story and I l
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Melissa Mahle
Aug 09, 2013 Melissa Mahle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Publisher Weekly Gives Lost in Petra a Star Review.

"The Anatolia Steppe Mysteries series debuts with this craftily plotted novel crammed with mistaken identities, false leads, enigmatic clues, and narrow escapes. Eleven-year-old Ana arrives in Jordan to join her archeologist mother, who has been hired by the government to create a traveling exhibit of artifacts from the lost Naba
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Laurie Cameron
Ana waits in the lobby of the hotel just outside of Petra in Jordan. Her mother is now fourteen and a half hours late coming to meet her. Never mind that Ana received a telegram telling her that the trip had been cancelled, which she immediately tore up. Ana is determined to catch up with her mom, especially since she also received a mysterious package from before leaving for the airport. So when a sweaty man in a dark shiny suit tracks Ana down at the hotel and tries to send her home, she gives ...more
Becca
Pretty good. Reminds me of Rick Riordan in the way the story is a mixture of love for the parent and ancient societies/cultures. In fact, the writing style overall is very similar to Riordan's.

Similarities:
*written in the first person
*story is set off by heroine's mother going missing
*unlikely alliances
*discovers before unsuspected lineage
*involves ancientcultures
*charming and witty narrator
*unexpected twists and turns

Coincedence? I don't know. You could tell the writer is new to children's boo
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Sylvia Whitman
If you like exotic locales, code wheels, and spunky heroines, you'll love 11-year-old Anatolia Steppe's quest to find both the ancient Nabatean Golden Girdle and her missing mother. Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Jordan, serves as the backdrop for an adventure story told by a former Mideast spy.
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I am an author of children's books and intelligence non-fiction. My writing draws upon my past career as a US intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East and terrorism. My professional experience involved me in US intelligence operations throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa.

I invite you to visit my websites, www.spygirlspress.com and www.facebook.com/spygirlspress (for child
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