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Book of the Dead

(TombQuest #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,442 ratings  ·  238 reviews
From the team that brought you The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals comes a brand-new epic Egyptian adventure!

Nothing can save eleven-year-old Alex Sennefer’s life. That’s what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it’s not true. She knows that the Lost Spells — the most powerful piece of the Egyptian Book of the Dead — can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her so
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Scholastic Inc.
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Richard Cardenas
3 STARS!!!

I'm going to be honest, though this was fun and had a lot of action I kept falling asleep during it and I know it had a lot to do with me being sick but even now as I'm better I still knocked out a few times while reading this. I was really hoping I'd love the heck out of it, but it was a good read, nothing spectacular or amazing. Would I recommend it? yeah, for something short and quick.

I'm not sure I'll be reading the rest of the series, but if they have them at my library I'll give
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrow
This is kind of boring.
Joseph Sanchez
This is definitely a book for kids. The quality of description is fair to poor. The dialogue is weak. The plot is inventive, but at the edge of ridiculous. I mean really, a boy who just about died (was dead for two minutes in the hospital) is allowed to participate in a dangerous series of exploits that require a lot of physical strength, stamina, and mental stability. He has recently "lost" his mother, and is in the care of a stranger who knowingly puts the boy and his young female friend in ha ...more
Jakk Makk
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, gunpowder
I was so impressed I listened to the whole tale with my editor's hat on, waiting for a book party foul: none detected. If someone asked what to study in this age range, I'd recommend this. It does a massive amount of work at breakneck speed when origin tales often bog down.

Granted, I can't much comment on emotional aspect or content choice, since I wasn't reader-listening, I did notice there was an X-files swap of Alex as the feeling character, and Ren as the logic type.

Lot's of payoffs with c
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had hints of the Mummy but for the younger generation. I know my nephews will have a good time reading this book. Alex and Ren are relatable characters. Even for a girl Ren is cool. I point this out because I myself had no issues with her but boys being boys who are still at the stage of girls are gross, will like her too. They will not find this a girl book but a cool book about Ancient Egypt, fighting the undead, good action, and a fast read. Another thing that I liked about this boo ...more
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Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex is dying and no one knows why. For eleven years Alex has been prodded and poked and had to suffer great pain. Good thing his mother is an archeologist and understands the writing on the scrolls of the Book of the Dead. She will do anything to save her son but when she uses the scrolls she also unleashes the Death Walkers.

But someone takes Alex's mother and together with his best friend Ren, he must try to find her as none of the police seem to be doing anything to do that. Only Ren and Ale
Aliesha sanders
When I first saw this book I was like I’m not going to read it but actually I read it and I loved it I read half of #2. So the book is about a boy that can’t breath very well so he needed his medicine but his mom wasn’t there and so then he did it by himself then later his mom disappeared and so him and some friends are tryin to find where his mom is at and yeah it is a good book hopefully you will read it.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TombQuest was a very interesting book to read. The book always left me wanting to read more. The way Alex learns about his mom’s secret life and where he is from leaves me guessing about what else he doesn’t know. His journey to find the Lost Spells and his mother is full of action and mysteries.
I recommend this book to anyone that loves non-fiction and magic. This story is also a little informative on the Egyptian culture. Alex is using his mom’s ancient scarab to fight the Death walkers that
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I received a copy via my job in exchange for an honest review

Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop is a fun middle grade novel set in New York City. Though definitely not a mind-twister or a head scratcher, Northrop's latest novel (and first novel in a soon-to-be series) is a lot of fun and slightly reminiscent of other adventurous books that deal with mythology, yet with a unique and curious twist.

Alex, the protagonist, is a sickly child and thou
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Tombquest series. This series is “designed” by the same people who worked on the Infinity Ring series and the Spirit Animals series. I have read some of the Spirit Animals books and they weren’t my favorite. However, I kept picking this book up and looking at it and finally decided to get it when I saw it at my son’s book fair at school. There are five books planned for this series and they will all be written by Northrop.

Eleven year old Alex has suffered from sickn
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Synopsis: You know that life isn’t good when you’re 12 and you’re gonna die. The doctors don’t know what disease you have and they can’t help you. That’s Alex Sennefer’s life. That is, until his archaeologist/museum curator mom (think Indiana Jones – she works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art) finds the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and uses it to bring Alex back from the dead (he had been dead for 10 seconds). Great, right? Well now a bunch of strange stuff is going on – museu ...more
As a newbie to children's library work, I was flung into the madness that was The 39 Clues. I read the first series and actually really enjoyed it, but I always cringe when a kid asks for one because a) they're written by different authors and b) there are approximately eleventy-billion series going on at the same time. Since then, I've tended to avoid multi-platform series, although Spirit Animals seems tempting.

However, all these authors that I follow on Twitter were tweeting pics at a Scholas
Ms. Yingling
Alex is a sickly child who spends a lot of time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where his mother, Dr. Baur, works as an Egyptologist. The doctors don't quite know what is wrong with him, but he has episodes, and the medicine they give him is only marginally helpful, but he has his friend Ren to hang out with while their parents are busy on a new installation. When Alex ends up being dead for two minutes, his mother invokes the Lost Spells that cure Alex, but also sets off horrific complication ...more
Paula Howard
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book of the Dead is a wonderful adventure ride for the very beginning. Alex and Ren are friends from school. Both also have parents who work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alex's mom is in charge of the new Egyptian exhibit which includes the very valauable Book of the Dead.

While the book is full of adventure and interesting facts about Egyptian history, there is a more important storyline with in the novel. The love of a parent for their child. Alex is sick. No one know what is wrong w
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, okay this was better than I thought it would be! I thought it was going to be some copy off of the 'Kane Chronicles' (Please tell me which came first). I highly recommend.

From the team that brought you The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals comes a brand new epic Egyptian adventure!

Nothing can save Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can crack open a door to the afte
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: treasure hunter lovers, Ancient Egypt interests
I'll admit that the book starts in an unusual way: with the main character dying. He has been frail and sickly his whole 12 years of life. Mom brings him back to life and in good health by using newly discovered Ancient Egyptian spells and then disappearing. Did she run to escape mysterious angry Ancient Egyptian cultists; was she kidnapped by same cultists, is she still alive? And where on earth and who on earth have the ancient lost spells? Alex doesn't care a whole lot about these questions. ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #115 Read in 2014
Tombquest: Book of the Dead (YA)

This is the first book in a new YA series. Besides the book, there is a companion game that I can see kids getting into. In the book, Alex is a sickly youngster. When he takes a turn for the worse, his mother, who is a Keeper, uses the book of the dead to bring Alex back to life. But this also brings other things back to life that probably should have remained dead. Alex's mother is kidnapped so Alex, along with Ren (his best friend) try to f
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I started this all like "yaaaay fun, adventure, middle-grade to end my evening!"
And then I realized, "yaaaaay fairly accurate depiction of chronic illness, dying children, and survivors guilt!"

So not what I was expecting. But good! Really exciting, very fast-paced, and good characterization. I especially love Ren. I love how she and Alex understand each other because they've both spent so much of their lives pretending to be something they're not: healthy and clever. Just all around very coo
Adriane Yee
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nothing can save Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can pull her son back from the brink, but the problem? When she uses the spells, five Death Walkers are also brought back to life.
An ancient evil has been unleashed. Long dead mummies are awakening. New York City is overrun by menacing scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells h
Mark Buxton
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book begins a new series, and it's full of adventure. Egyptian magic flying around, an unstoppable mummy, and a dangerous cultist wearing a hyena's head pose lethal obstacles for the kids. Alex's best friend provides the brains, although Alex is the expert on ancient Egyptian culture. The plot is pretty straightforward and easy to follow, but the action is what will capture you. I don't think more than two chapters passed without somebody getting chased, threatened, or killed by the cultist ...more
Gerard Villegas
The introduction of the TombQuest series had plenty of potential. Egyptian mythology, fantasy-magical elements, and a great adventure that would appeal to young readers. Unfortunately, the execution still was not there.

There was no set up for readers who are being introduced to Egyptian myths and some of the writing could be a bit confusing. On a whole, it was an okay book. Not great but I'm sure younger audiences would enjoy something a little different.

Hopefully, it picks up in second book.
Karen Arendt
Personally, The 39 Clues series was the best, but this series is still exciting and full of adventure. The story features Egyptian Gods while Alex's mom goes missing. Alex and his friend Ren search for her along with Alex's mom's colleague. The first story leaves enough unfinished for the second story to begin. Good for fans of series fiction and Egyptian mythology.
Isabel George
This book is a great book full of mystery and suspense. a young boy with a heath issue is sent to the hospital and is saved by ancient Egyptian magic. He is now a healthy boy and his mother has just gone missing. He has to try to find his mom and runs into many problems on the way. he battles scorpion, mummies and Egyptian magicians.
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This is definitely a kids book. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what age it's for but hey...whatever.
The dialog and story are kind of weak...unless you're a kid! There's lots of cliches and the story is predictable but it's sort of a fun book.
My kid is too young for this but it's worth dusting off in a few years for him and I definitely look forward to that!
Ryan Callahan
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first part in the book was a little slow but the second part got really exciting because a mummy that was called the Stungman told the children that he was a skilled farmer before he died and the Pharoah did not allow him to grow his crops. So he stole jewels and the Pharoah punished him for stealing. They put him in a hot cave with lots of scorpions and he died there, getting stung.
Nathan Jaskiewicz
It was a really good book. A boy named Alex is sick and to heal him his mother uses the book of the dead. This causes great mayhem causing mummies to come to life. Now Alex must save new york. I enjoyed the book it was a great read. I recommend this to everyone.
Brenda Kahn
Mixed-up Files? Eat Tombquest's dust. The newest multiplatform series from Scholastic is sure to appeal to fans of 39 Clues, Rick Riordan and ancient Egypt. Suspenseful and action-packed.
Sebastian Apgar
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I loved it! I love magic too! Sorry not much to say. Most reviews of mine are longer.
Favourite genre: children interacting with ancient artefacts ft. magical hijinks.
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Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of Scholastic's new multi-platform series, TombQuest. His first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List selection. His first middle-grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children's books of the year by the New York Public Library and was se ...more

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