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The Golden Flute

(Adventures of Lilli and Zane #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Masterfully written by award-winning author Catherine Lanigan, this thrilling action story keeps you guessing through every twist and turn. Cross continents and connect the clues along with teen treasure hunters Lilli and Zane as they try to stay one step of ahead of danger, find the ancient artifacts, and keep them far away from their enemies. A must-read for adventurers ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Cedar Fort, Inc.
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Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a cool book! And the ending was so badass - like a scene out of an action movie.

I'm always fascinated by stories about this magical place, and this book sure did not disappoint. I was really eager to find out what happens next and everything that tied the story together.

I did want to note - and I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing - but there wasn't any particular one point of view. It was kind of like the reader is the audience watching everything unfold on stage, so you'll get bi
Ornella (Nyx)
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Loved this book, probably cause I am a sucker for ancient civilizations, their histories and their relics. The kids were great. They all had their role to play, everyone did. They all come together in the end, some on the bad side others on the good. The story that Lanigan weaved together was believable as long as you go by the myths and legends. Some people will probably won't like if they can't suspend their sense of reality enough to be able to enjoy this book. But personally I loved
May 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, arc
I was excited to read this book, but from the first pages I wanted to put it down and forget about it. Yet I persisted, and it took me a WEEK to read The Golden Flute and that's saying something, since usually I can finish a book in a day, especially an YA book.

The first chapter was mostly fine, although I was extremely annoyed that I couldn't figure out what country the action was taking place in. No big deal, it was all over soon enough. But then I got to the second chapter, and my "REALLY Ra
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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This book didn't disappoint me. It delivered exactly what I expected; a glorious, epic adventure to the backdrop of gorgeous historical cities (Cairo, London and Paris). It had a magical element that added something different and meant you never knew what was about to happen! I think a lot of children would love this book; I know I would have!

The beginning of the novel throws you right into a mysterious and intense scenario that g
Kristina Cardoza
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Adventures of Lilli and Zane #1: The Golden Flute is a brilliant, action-packed (especially the end!) story sure to blow your mind! Lilli Mitchell, daughter of expert archaeologist JC and the beautiful, dreaming treasure hunter Arlette Mitchell, was a good little girl, living her life happily with her parents. It was her eleventh birthday. Lilli got a beautiful golden flute as a present from her mother...

Her mother.


The day she got the golden flute.

But why?

Apparently the flute is
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Adventures of Lilli and Zane
by Catherine Lanigan

The secrets of the past are their only hope of saving the future...

Arlette Mitchell is in Cairo while her husband JC is in Houston meeting with his private investigators. Arlette is being followed as she attempts to locate Jericho's horn. But when Zorav's men find her and ransack her room, she dies while trying to escape from them.

Five years have passed since Lilli's mother died in Cairo. And she is again dreaming the same dream, th
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it

What a fun adventure book. Love Lilli & Teddy characters.

Lilli is not afraid to be different. She decides to wear different costumes like she is a french one day. She is in high school and the only friends she has is Zane and Teddy who live next door. Though they all walk to school together Zane pulls ahead of her so other kids don't see her with him. Lilli's mother was murdered years ago. Her father and mother traveled all around the world finding artifacts and legends. Her father is
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Lilli is 14 years old, her dad finds ancient artifacts and he's gone a lot, leaving Lilli in the care of her nanny, Nancy. Lilli has been having a lot of strange dreams featuring her mother, Arlette, who died five years earlier. Arlette seems to be trying to tell Lilli something...something to do with a golden flute that Arlette sent to Lilli, ironically on the day that she was murdered. The flute came to Lilli, but it has always been broken, it doesn't make noise. Lilli and Nancy are just getti ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First off, this is a great book! I really enjoyed it and have given my sons just enough information, that they want to read it too!

Lilly and Zane (and Teddy too) have a fun friendship. Their different talents, abilities, and knowledge make the story exciting and interesting.
I was impressed by the morals laced throughout the story some obvious and some more subtle.
It was a very refreshing read, a great kids' book, but I loved it as an adult. It's adventurous, yet realistic in the peer pressure

I abandoned this novel. It seemed interesting at first, but I remained confused as to who the main character was. I gave up reading it on the 60th page. Check out why I abandoned the book on my blog.
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I got this book as a first-reads giveaway, so of course I wanted to read it. It didn't catch my attention in the beginning, partly because it was confusing for the first couple of chapters. Once I figured it out though, it was a great plot. I enjoyed the elements in it, and the effort and research that had to be taken into account. If I happen by the next book, I will more than likely read it, but I have so many others to read. It's not "the best" but it's still a good book.
Sandra Strange
Jul 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
I usually enjoy reading in the genre of fantasy about anthropologists/ archaeo
logists who find mysterious magical objects, etc. This one covers too much adventure territory, so most is too facile with not enough twists and details. The characters are stereotypical, which would be ok if the adventure wasn't so predictable and fantastical beyond what even fantasy readers can swallow.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
great book lots of adventure.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Why isn't Teddy in the title? He's the best detective in the group! A fun book, but the supernatural stuff is a little too weird for my taste!
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
A good adventures for young adults. Lots of good action and a good story line. The first in a series which I plan on reading.
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Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over thirty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, “Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart”, Chocolate for a Woman’s Spirit”. Ms. Lanig ...more