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Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris (Theodosia Throckmorton #2)

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Scores of missing mummies have turned up at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, and her father has fallen under suspicion. Now, not only must Theodosia keep him out of jail, but she has unwanted mummies to take care of - and the Serpents of Chaos are back! What could they be up to? And there are all those bothersome governesses to deal with. It really is a bit much for ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 7th 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2007)
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Jul 05, 2008 Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jess (and yes, it's on it's way!)
Just as great as the first book, with maybe a little more action, a little more "Brit-ness," (ie the Navy). Also there are even a few more secret societies to be unearthed, to, in my mind, hilarious results. Also there seems to be the ever mounting shadow of the great war to come...

Only flaw, has to do with the cover illustration, which I love, but where are Theo's gloves? Like she would really be holding that staff and not be prepared!
Kathryn
I am officially in love with this series.
It was humorous, witty and full of adventure.

Some might think it a bit childlike books but wasn't Harry Potter suppose to be for children? I think my age has given me a chance to appreciate books more than as a child.

Theodosia's comments and thoughts made me laugh and giggle more than five times throughout this book. I can't wait for the third and hopefully more.


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The lace on my party frock itched horribly. I don't understand how they can
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Kit
Dec 29, 2008 Kit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For undisclosed reasons that are probably only in my head, partway through Theodosia's second adventure I started being reminded of the American Girl series. Theodosia is a great character, smart, brave, and resourceful, and the fantasy elements are well-done and unique. What tripped me up was that I could never figure out how I was supposed to feel about Theodosia's parents. It's the classic kid-adventure dilemma: the parents have to be dim or uncaring enough to let the life-threatening adventu ...more
Patti's Book Nook
This is the full review from my blog, which can be found at http://pattisbooknook.blogspot.com/ if you're interested in following! =)

I'm so excited to get back to Theodosia's world, with her witty humor and demure black cat, Isis. The Serpents of Chaos are wreaking havoc again- and it's up to Theodosia and Lord Wigmere (leader of the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers) to eradicate them once and for all. Another secret society becomes involved in the mysterious mummy case for good measure. Theo
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Erica
I find I am enjoying Theodosia and her exploits far more than I thought I would. She's so spunky and Charlotte Parry brings her to life quite well.
These books remind me of the Bloody Jack Adventures by L.A. Meyer - clever young English girl who lives life according to her rules.
Tommy Hancock
Feb 22, 2015 Tommy Hancock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if it had more to do with my mood when I read book one or if this book was just that much better, but I liked this one so much more. I liked Serpents of Chaos, but was honestly on the fence about reading anymore books in this series. So glad I decided to.

The characters felt more real, the story thicker, and the writing style much smoother. There was a twist I saw coming a mile away, but it worked well to mask one I hadn't even begun thinking of suspecting, but that made a lot of sen
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Linda
Feb 20, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started the second book of this amazing series (Theodosia Throckmorton) with much anticipation having loved the first book and I was not disappointed! This is truly a fun, adventurous, and I'd go so far as to even say instructive book. This is Girl Indiana Jones.

In this book, set in London in about 1907, 11 year-old Theodosia, daughter of the Curator of Egyptology at a museum (father) and a female Egyptologist (mother), continues on with her studies of ancient Egypt curses and how to remove t
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
So what did Theodosia really expect? She single handedly saves England by returning the heart of Egypt and in return her parts let her clean out the catacombs at the museum. In all fairness, they aren't "technically" catacombs, but they're creepy, dank, dusty, full of mummies and worst of all, dark magic Theo can't even begin to speculate on. She did at least get to attend a gala event due to her discovery of the hidden annex in the tomb of Amenemhab, of course she rather embarrassingly pointed ...more
Cornelia
Jun 10, 2011 Cornelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Theodosia Throckmorton Series. Loved it. The staff of Osiris is quite a relic it has all sorts of incredible powers. And in this book we are introduced to a third secret society, rather silly and bothersome. This is a children’s book series (like Harry Potter is and filled with incredible realistic characters like Harry Potter) In these books the children are far more intelligent and honest and dependable than the adults. I adore these books. Mad about them. Set in ...more
Cherie
Nov 25, 2013 Cherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I had a hard time appreciating the heroine of this story, although I love her name.

I was interested in the Egyptian stuff and I liked the respect she had for the history and artifacts. I did like the story line there. I just thought Theodosia was just a little too much! The story was okay, if just a little too far fetched. It was funny to see the curses she set onto the bad guys, and how things came about, but way too juvinile for me.

I am hoping my 9 year old friend will want to read the stori
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Gail Carriger
I quite enjoyed this book. Told in first person, Theodosia has a very adult (almost precocious) voice, and the author manages to maintain an extremely Victorian overtone as a result. I like my Victorian dialed down slightly (as you may have noticed in my own books) but that doesn't stop me from appreciating a true master at work. It's as though Amelia B. Edwards wrote a YA. That said, there are some who may find this book a little dry because of its language, and younger readers may struggle wit ...more
Cathy Cramer
My 7th grader wanted me to read this series mostly for this particular book, the 2nd in the series, and something to talk about. After having read it, though, I don't see anything that would be overly-troubling to talk about. (But then again, the 7th grader didn't say it was troubling but was just wanting to talk.)

I found the first book, "Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos," spooky. But this second book, "Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris," almost read like a funny Scooby Doo adventure, with Th
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R
May 05, 2011 R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody!
This book is a great sequel to Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. I loved this book for a lot of reasons, but mainly because:
1. My favorite character, Sticky Will, had a big role. :D
2. The idea for the Staff of Osiris is ingenious on LaFevers' part.
3. Great climax!!!!

I really liked the climax. It was very, well, climactic, unlike some other books that I've read. *Cough The Name of This Book is Secret Cough*.

Great, Great, GREAT book!
Nancy Butts
Book 2 in the Theodosia Throckmorton series, and I think it’s better than the first. This time the pace is breakneck from the very first chapter; the plot stakes escalate nicely for both Theo and her parents and grandmother [her brother Henry is absent from this outing]; and we learn even more fascinating details about Egyptian magic and life in the museum.

The author does dip into the same bag of plot tricks, however. She introduced us to two secret societies in the first book; there is a third
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An Odd1
Oct 27, 2014 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Smooth polished gray surfaces - ball faces, oval bodies, neatly wrapped mummies - have no emotion, no tension, no fear, no horror -- no magic. Theo 12 may ease Mother's worries, rescue Father Alistair from jail for mummyies all over London that gather to their Museum of Legends and Antiquities. Sent to catalogue basement archives, Theo still causes trouble, sets golden orb in Osiris staff, animates the stone guardian jackal. Gran's beau Admiral Sopcoate is obviously bad, his steamship Dreadnough ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris
by RL LaFevers
Houghton Miflin 2008
Middle Grade Sequel, Great Middle Grade

Theososia is a girl Indiana Jones on her second adventure. When Theo discovers a mysterious staff that has the power to draw the dead back to life, it's up to Theo to keep it out of the wrong hands. Theo will have more to deal with this time than just the Serpents of Chaos. This time her Grandmother is working hard to find her a governess that will mold Theo to being a normal early 1900's yo
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Terri
Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Theodosia is a precocious eleven year old who has been truant from school all her life. Her grandmother is determined to find her a stern, capable tutor. Instead of school, Theodosia has been working in a museum cataloging artifacts and learning everything there is to know about ancient Egypt.

One day, Theodosia and her parents arrive at the museum to discover the place filled with mummies. How they got there is the mystery. Theodosia is the capable one to do it and she doesn't need any adult hel
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Titis Wardhana
Jun 14, 2015 Titis Wardhana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
this one is better...

dimulai dengan pesta atasan ayah Theo yang ingin memamerkan temuannya yaitu sebuah mumi, dan ternyata setelah dibuka bukan mumi kuno, di sini agak2 sadis sih buat anak2 menurut gw. Setelah itu banyak kejadian aneh mengikuti Theo, apalagi setelah dia menemukan tongkat Osiris di basement di mana Theo diberi tugas oleh ayahnya untuk mendata barang2 di situ, belum lagi tiba2 patung anubis yang ada di situ jadi hidup...

lebih seruu dibanding buku 1, meski Henry gak ada, tapi kemun
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Karen
Sep 23, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, middle-grade
The kids (10 and 12) really loved this book. I found it a little tiring after listening to the first in this series immediately before. It's a Middle Grade novel pacing issue more than any actual issue with this book. It's pel-mel, like a Rick Riordan book, though there's a lot more genuine charm and warmth to Theodosia's books than the fast-paced exciting Riordan ones. Honestly, though (something Theodosia says, often in hilarious asides) this is a lovely middle grade entry and would appeal to ...more
J.S.
Aug 19, 2015 J.S. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-ya, vine
Theodosia (Theo) Throckmorton is not your average eleven year-old girl. Her parents are prominent archaeologists at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in pre-WWI England, and she spends most of her time helping on expeditions and working in the museum. Grandmother Throckmorton disapproves of this upbringing and is determined to find a suitable governess. Oh, did I mention that Theo is constantly having to protect those around her from ancient Egyptian curses as well as preserving England and ...more
Tessa Joy
Nov 14, 2014 Tessa Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While cataloging artifacts in the basement of her parents' museum, Theodosia finds a staff and orb that have traces of ancient magic still clinging to them. When she puts the two together, mummies from all over London gather at her museum. This is because the staff and orb together have the ability to raise the dead. The Serpents of Chaos find out about the staff and steal it from her. Working together with the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers and the Arcane Order of the Black Sun, Theodosia mu ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
We first met Theodosia Throckmorton in Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. She still spends her time in the museum where her parents work, skillfully using her curse removing kit on suspicious artifacts. Her parents are still obsessed with their work and therefore clueless to the dangers lurking in their museum. To keep Theo out of trouble and out of their way, they give her an assignment, cleaning and cataloging the artifacts in the basement of the museum… hundreds upon hundreds of forgotten, ...more
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Theodosia Throckmorton, the 11 year-old daughter of the head curator of the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, is at it again in this fun, action-filled second installment. Theodosia is once again faced with squaring off with the Serpents of Chaos, a secret society bent on spreading chaos throughout the world. This time around, the Serpents of Chaos are focused on the Staff of Osiris, a mythological artifact that is said to have the power to cause instant death, as well as the ability to raise t ...more
K. Lincoln
May 27, 2010 K. Lincoln rated it really liked it
Continuing the fun from the first book, Theodesia Throckmorton finds her father placed under suspicion when mummies from museums all over London persist on appearing in her parents' museum each night.

A powerful curse, the Chaos bad guys, and a new secret society join together to make Theodesia's life difficult (not to mention her formidable grandmother trying to find her a governess.)

Her pickpocket friend Will and her contact in the secret Brotherhood help Theodesia save the day.

While I find mys
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Christinem
Dec 02, 2010 Christinem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Have you ever felt like you got blamed for something you didn’t do. Well read Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris where there is crime and robbers trying to steal mummies. If you like crime and history you should read this book and see what unfolds...
In this book Theodosia is always getting blamed for stuff she didn’t do. At the end of the book Theodosia has to protect her father from going to jail because of Grim Nipper trying to put stolen mummies in the museum because the Grim Nipper who wants
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Rachel
Once again, 11-year-old Theodosia Throckmorton is confronted with the sinister cult "Serpents of Chaos" and must use her wits and vast knowledge of Ancient Egyptian magic and curses (her father is, after all, the Curator and her mother the resident archaeologist of the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, and Theodosia most often spends her days ferreting out all the cursed artifacts in the museum's nooks and crannies, since her parents very often will forget about her). This time, though, she mus ...more
Chris
LaFevers skillfully provides her readers with an amuse-bouche of Egyptian mythology and a tongue-in-cheek view of Edwardian culture, but her second Theodosia book lacks those little summarizing elements that help readers remember what happened in the previous work. This may not affect those die hard readers who will reread the series each time a new book comes out, but for the the more casual fan, this can be a confusing draw-back. Especially since the author frequently references the first book ...more
Sam at A Journey Through Pages
Review from A Journey Through Pages

Say hello to the return of Theodosia! I really need to read Grave Mercy still because I truly adore LaFever's writing style. Once again I was completely swept away by Theo's world. The Serpents of Chaos are far from being done, and of course Theo is now on their well "shitlist", they don't like her so much at all.

We also get to witness Theo's grandmother trying her hardest to get Theo a governess and turn into a "well bred young lady" which Theo is just having
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

Theodosia Throckmorton, precocious daughter of a London museum curator and a top archaeologist, is back again in this sequel to THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS. In that previous volume, eleven-year-old Theo used her knowledge of Egyptian curses to keep her parents safe from the dangerous artifacts that they handle on a daily basis, but in doing so, she ran afoul of a secret organization known as the Serpents of Chaos, whose goal, as their name i
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Karissa
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is apparently the 2nd book in the Theodosia series. I got this through Amazon vine. It was a good book. I enjoyed it, definitely more of a young adult series, which is what it is listed as. I guess I would call this series Artemis Fowl meets ancient Egypt.

I did not read the first book in this series. This did not cause me any confusion in this book really, there were some references to people and places that occurred in the first book. These references didn't detract any from the story pres
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R.L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she’s in really big trouble) grew up surrounded by shelves of old dusty books and a passel of brothers. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren’t there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction. She is the author of over fourteen books for young readers, including THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS ...more
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