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Lights on the Nile by Donna Jo Napoli
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Apr 23, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: children-fiction

The author writes 240+ pages of realistic fiction concerning a young Egyptian girl's adventures during the era of the Pharaoh Khufu and the building of the Great Pyramid, some it gory, most of it immersed in the details of life over 4,500 years ago. Kepi rescues an orphaned baby baboon, loses him to thieves, sets out to retrieve him, is kidnapped to be sold into slavery, journeys to the greatest city in Egypt and protests the injustice of the Pharaoh's policies to his face. Then, out of the blue, she springs a deus ex machina, literally, to save 4 children from further peril. I don't think so! The author apparently was trying to write a origin story about fairies. Sorry, Ms. DiNapoli, it just doesn't work.

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