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3.17  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  17 reviews
It's hard for Althea and Phineas Hall to keep explaining to people that their parents haven't broken up; they just have jobs on opposite sides of the country. It's hard to explain because they don't really understand themselves. And although neither one is happy about it, they almost like living alone with their dad, the professor, even if it is on the campus of a small co ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 209 pages
Published August 23rd 1992 by Fawcett (first published October 31st 1991)
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Michael Fitzgerald
I was hoping this would be a lot more educational in terms of ancient Egypt. Alas, it's just a mediocre (or worse) juvenile mystery, not really any better than the typical TV series episode. Characters are very much of the stock variety, and the actual whodunnit is predictable. I know Voigt can write better, so it's a disappointment.
Benjamin Thomas
This is a book recommended for ages 10-14 and is yet another one my kids read during their home schooling years. The writing is well done; the author has won a Newbery medal and a Newbery Honors award for other works. The plot concerns a father and his two children who have just moved to Maine from the west coast in order for the father to take up duties as curator of the museum at Vandemark College. The mother had an excellent job back home so, apparently, had decided to remain behind. Obviousl ...more
Kate
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not terrifically impressive mystery novel from a usually impressive author. Too many side issues and too pat a plot. Phineas, his sister Anthea, and his father Sam have just moved to Maine where his father has a job as a classical languages professor when out of the blue his dad is in charge of an egyptological collection (the maker of the bequest wanted non-experienced eyes)...oh heck, there's just too much going on and it all sounds like it would be fascinating but it just isn't. Pick up a Bar ...more
Roxanne
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Really good YA fiction. With mummies, and Roman-era mummy portraits, and Sappho poems, all of which I adore, and all part of a good mystery.
Heather
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2008, childrens
Don't really know why I chose this book...I like other Cynthia Voigt books, but this one was definitely lacking. There wasn't much of a mystery and I never really connected with the characters.
Erin Vail
a nice YA mystery with a little bit of feminism for good measure
Christian Emmanuel
A mystery novel about a missing mummy
Phineas and Athea are living with their father Dr. Hall, a professor in Vandemark college who is given the charge of an antique Egyptian collection that was left in the will of the late Vandemark II. Included in the collection is a mummy of the Roman era. Athea who is studying Greek to distract herself from the thoughts of her mother and father getting a divorce notices Greek words on the papyrus covering the mummy. She is however told that she was wrong and
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Linda
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a decent mystery for young teens. It's not wildly exciting but the siblings in the story are resourceful and the boy did solve the mystery with some background help from his sister. And the story is about ancient Egypt artifacts, a subject that always interests me.

Teenaged Althea and Phineas Hall have just moved to Maine where their father got a job teaching classical languages at the local college. Their mother got a job in Portland Oregon and the family decided to split up geographical
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Anne
Apr 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CIP: When, as the new Classics professor at Vandemark College, their father is made responsible for a collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, twelve-year-old Phineas and his older sister Althea try to find out why the collection is the target of thieves, especially when the mummy disappears.

Review: Cynthia Voigt is a master at characterization. This brother/sister combo could be any pair of siblings as they try to work through family issues as well as to find the disappearing mummy. The plot i
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Sharon
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When college instructor Sam Hall and his children, Phineas and Althea, move from Oregon to Portland, Maine, they encounter new experiences and a mystery. Mrs. Hall stays behind in Oregon to pursue a high-powered job working long hours for a congressman.

Phineas is twelve, an avid cyclist, and the younger sibling of fifteen-year-old scholarly Althea, who has a deep interest in learning Greek.

After Instructor Hall becomes curator of Egyptian artifacts, the mummy is stolen. Then Althea disappears. N
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Christine
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at the book fair, because I LOVE this author. And I'm on the hunt for good books for when my son is a teenager. This is the first time I've read a mystery by Voigt, and I really enjoyed it. It is not nearly as heavy and depressing as her Tillerman books. This book would be great for someone in middle school and I think enjoyed by both boys and girls. Saving it for when the kid gets older!
Norla Chee
Have read this a few times, and always like it, but never remember what it's about. This time I'll remember the mummy was donated by old man Vandemark to a college, and the mystery is why and who would break in and steal it and damage it, but make sure it's returned. The guilty party kidnaps the daughter of the professor in charge of the Egyptian collection.
So92
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Noioso e deludente.
Polly
3.5 stars. It's been a million years since I last read this, I couldn't have told you anything about it, but I'm happy to say I still enjoyed it. For a kids' mystery, it's pretty good.
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Cynthia Voigt is an American author of books for young adults dealing with various topics such as adventure, mystery, racism and child abuse.


Awards:
Angus and Sadie: the Sequoyah Book Award (given by readers in Oklahoma), 2008
The Katahdin Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Anne V. Zarrow Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Margaret Edwards Award, for a body of work, 1995
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