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2014 Silver Medal for PreTeen/YA from Literary Classics
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Sons of the Sphinx is based on the schism that the Pharaoh Akhenaten shot through ancient Egypt when, according to historians, he turned his back on Thebes and the gods of Egypt. He built his own city to honor his god the Aten, and he insisted that the people of Egypt do the same. Along with this, he supposedly refused to send troops to defend Egypt's borders thus incurring the wrath of the then General Horemheb. When Tutankhamen becomes pharaoh, he reverses Akhenaten's proclamations and returns the governing center to Thebes and the worship back to the god Amun.

However, the damage has been done, and by the time Horemheb attains pharaoh status, he has proclaimed the betrayal of the Egyptian people by Akhenaten so widely and so much, all members of the family including Tutankhamen and Ankhsenamun and Ay are dishonored. Horemheb further insults the family by defacing Ay's tomb after his death. It is Ay's decision before his death to ensure that Ankhsenamun is not subject to dishonor by keeping her final resting place a secret.

The historical significance of my story is the main reason I was able to write Sons of the Sphinx. Needing to help right a wrong done over 3000 years ago and reunite the boy king with his queen (whose tomb has yet to be identified or found), allowed my protagonist Rosa to come to terms with who she is and what her place in this world is.


Armed with what she considers her grandmother’s curse, 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena. Thrust back into Ancient Egypt with Tut, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena is not all she must do. She must keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb - who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic - if she is to stay alive to make it back home.

126 pages, Paperback

First published October 10, 2014

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Cheryl Carpinello

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I’m a retired high school English teacher. Currently I'm on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Authors' League, the oldest writing organization in Colorado. I also belong to the RMC-SCWBI, the Historical Novel Society, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and the Egyptian Study Society.

A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds—Ancient Egypt, Medieval Wales, and coming soon, the ancient world of Atlantis.

My husband and I love to travel. Because I'm also a retired airline employee, we were fortunate, in 2008, to spend three weeks in Egypt traveling by local train from one end of the country to the other. In 2014, we spent three weeks in the UK driving over 1700 miles through England, Wales, and Scotland.

Please visit me at Author Cheryl Carpinello (http://www.cherylcarpinello.com); Carpinello’s Writing Pages (carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com) where I interview children’s/MG/Tween/YA authors; my website for Educators/Parents: Beyond Today Educator (beyondtodayeducator.com), and The Quest Books (adventurequestbooks) where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.

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April 9, 2015
08 Apr 2015
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by Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello

Title: Sons of the Sphinx | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Publication Date: October 10, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 182 | Recommended Ages: 10+

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Armed with what she considers her grandmother’s curse, 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena. Though Hesena’s ba inhabits part of Rosa, finding the whole spirit of Hesena so that she and Tut can be together for the first time in over 3000 years proves to be a harder task than Rosa first thinks. Thrust back into Ancient Egypt with Tut, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena is not all she must do. She must keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb – who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic – if she is to stay alive to make it back home.

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My Thoughts: Rosa is no ordinary 10th grader. She can hear and speak to ghosts – a gift she finds vexing at best. But her life is turned upside down when the ghost of King Tut appears at her side telling her that the spirit of his one true love, Ankhesenamun (Hesena), resides within her. Tut only has 7 days to travel back in time to find Ay, a trusted family friend, who can reveal the location of Ankhesenamun’s final resting place, thus bringing the two together for the rest of eternity.

Standing in their way is General Horemheb, who with the help of the evil Egyptian God Seth, will stop at nothing to change the history books making his lineage the rulers of Egypt and portraying Tut’s family as traitors to Egypt. Travel back in time with Rosa in this well-written thriller plunging readers into the fascinating and often sordid history of ancient Egypt and its many rulers.

Cheryl Carpinello managed to draw me into the story from the first chapter as we are introduced to Rosa, the main character who is telling the story from her perspective. I couldn’t help but feel sympathetic toward Rosa as a character who doesn’t quite fit in, but who also experiences what every teenage girl dreams about: the sudden appearance of a young attractive man who needs her help ~ *swoon*. Ok, maybe he is looking to be reunited with his one true love (not Rosa) and he (and his love) happen to be ghosts; but, still… it’s very romantic. Carpinello effectively deals with the tension among this “triangle” of characters: Rosa, Tut, and Hesena.

Aside from these characters, there are a few Egyptian characters who play important roles in the overall plot including Ay, the Pharaoh who rose to the throne after King Tut died, and the evil General Horemheb who is able to step between the world of the living and dead to be a constant threat to Rosa’s life and to Tut’s mission. Tut spends a considerable amount of time unraveling the history of his family for Rosa’s (as well as the reader’s) benefit, correcting any misconceptions she may have had along the way. This was a clever way to introduce Egyptian history to young readers. The author includes a glossary of Egyptian Gods, Egyptian people with historical significance, and Egyptian places and terms. I found this to be helpful, but I felt that Tut’s family tree at the beginning of the book would have been helpful as many of the names were somewhat similar, shortened forms of names were sometimes used, and most of the names were difficult to pronounce.

As we’ve seen with her other books (e.g., Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend, Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom), one of the strengths of Cheryl Carpinello as an author is to indulge young readers with theories and hypotheses around some of the most popular legends of our time (e.g., Arthurian legend, the mysteries surrounding King Tut’s life and death). Carpinello has done her research and is so successful at immersing readers in these legends by creating vividly detailed historical fiction whereby the characters from these legends are featured in the stories themselves.

For example, through Tut’s narrative, we learn that his father, Akhenaten was the first Pharaoh to move from polydeism (the worship of many gods) to monodeism (the worship of one god). We also learn details (i.e., theories) surrounding Tut’s death, Pharaoh Ay’s death, and the rise of General Horemheb to power all occurring within the 18th Dynasty. There is an incredible amount of educational value to Sons of the Sphinx.

My Bottom Line:

Sons of the Sphinx is a time-travel thriller featuring a race against time with the stakes being King Tut being separated from his beloved Queen Ankhesenamun for all of eternity as well as the history books forever portraying King Tut’s family as traitors to the people of Egypt. I recommend this exciting story to children ages 11 and older who enjoy reading stories about ancient Egypt or who are just looking for their next great adventure.

*I received a copy of this book free-of-charge from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Author 23 books478 followers
October 18, 2014
I’m a huge fan of any book involving time travel and, as ancient history is another of my passions, this story promised to be just my sort of thing. Teenager Rosa can hear ghosts – she’s always heard ghosts – but this time she’s a little unprepared for the person who is desperately trying to contact her across the centuries, for it is none other than the Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamun. What she doesn’t realise is that, somehow, part of the spirit of Tut’s long-lost wife, Ankhesenamun, resides deep within Rosa herself. The ghost of the famous pharaoh pleads with Rosa to come back with him to ancient Egypt to help find the secret resting place of his wife, in order for their souls to be reunited in the afterlife. A little in love with Tutankhamun herself, Rosa agrees to this dangerous quest, not knowing if she’ll ever be able to return to the present. A perilous journey beyond her wildest imaginings awaits, in which good must triumph over evil if their plan is to succeed. The sights and sounds of ancient times are brought to life as Rosa witnesses at first-hand what historians and archaeologists can only speculate upon. A true adventure unfolds, wrapped up in a compelling tale of enduring love. And if you want to know how it all ends, well I’m not going to tell you – you’ll just have to read it for yourself!
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October 3, 2014
From Readers' Favorite Book Awards:

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Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello is a historical, time travel fantasy suitable for young adult and pre-teen readers. Rosa is not your ordinary tenth-grader; she hears the voices of dead people and can communicate with them. Her grandmother had the same gift, but Rosa is not so sure what a great gift it really is. Those voices interrupt her when she's trying to take tests, and she's gotten F's and ended up in trouble at school because of them. People have also started to wonder about her outbursts in the middle of class. One afternoon, when she's at home working on a history project about ancient Egypt, she's interrupted by a voice that mispronounces her name, which is then followed by a physical manifestation, who claims that he's Tutankhamen, and that only she can help him and his queen.

Cheryl Carpinello's coming of age fantasy, Sons of the Sphinx, educates as it entertains. I loved reading about the various time frames that Rosa and Tutankhamen visit, and got a kick out of seeing the Sphinx in pristine shape through their eyes. Rosa is a plausible and funny main character who's been absolutely hopeless with guys and then finds herself with a gorgeous guy who just happens to be thousands of years old ... and is already taken. Sons of the Sphinx is filled with suspense and adventure as the two time travelers work against deadlines and the machinations of the evil Horeheb. Carpinello is masterful in her descriptions of ancient Egypt and makes this time travel fantasy very enjoyable indeed. Sons of the Sphinx is highly recommended.

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15 year old Rosa has an interesting, if not unusual, problem . . . ghosts talk to her. It's troublesome, to say the least, to have dead people trying to carry on a conversation with her while she's taking a math test. But one day her unique connection to the underworld takes her headlong into an adventure through time.

Rosa has a fascination with the Egyptian Dynasty, and in particular - King Tut. So when she is given an assignment to do a project on ancient history she naturally decides to base it on the life of the boy king. --That's when things really start to get weird for Rosa because for the first time ever an apparition appears before her, and the ethereal being is none other than the one-and-only King Tut. Soon after, Rosa is whisked away to ancient Egypt where she experiences first-hand encounters with tomb raiders, evil spirits and even friends and foe of King Tut.

Sons of the Sphinx is an engaging work of fiction that incorporates many fascinating historical facts that are skillfully intertwined within the pages of a truly terrific read. Sons of the Sphinx comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Author 6 books100 followers
November 27, 2014

Sons of the Sphinx is a titillating paranormal adventure that takes readers on a wild journey through ancient Egypt to help the ghost of King Tut find his Queen.

Rosa is a 15-year-old high school student who would like nothing more than to fit in with her peers, but Rosa's ability to hear dead people makes that difficult. Her gift, or rather curse as she views it, was passed down from her grandmother. Usually Rosa just hears the ghosts but, when the spirit of King Tut pays her a visit and she is able to see him, Rosa can't believe her eyes. But, she's more surprised by his request. He needs her help to locate his lost love Hesena and restore his family's good name. However, trouble lies in wait and Horemheb will stop at nothing to see that Rosa and Tut fail. Will Rosa put aside her fears and help King Tut fulfill his dangerous mission?

I am a fan of historical fiction and I really enjoyed Sons of the Sphinx. It is a well written tale that gives readers a glimpse of ancient Egypt and the lives of Pharaohs who reigned thousands of years ago. The author does a wonderful job of filling in details, where historians are uncertain, that add to the believability of this captivating story. Additional information can be found at the end of the book which further explains the key people in the story. A glossary also defines words and traditions used during the time period in which the story is set. The book was successful in piquing my interest in King Tut and I did further reading online about the young Pharaoh.

Sons of the Sphinx is exciting and flows quickly, easily keeping readers engaged right up to the end. I highly recommend picking up a copy.
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Author 39 books522 followers
December 5, 2014
I’m such a sucker for a story with characters who can either see, hear or sense dead people. That’s probably why I enjoyed Sons of the Sphinx. Rosa, the main character, can hear dead people. Once this was revealed, I was hooked. But the story became even cooler when King Tut shows up and asks her to help him find his lost love. So not only does this story have an awesome “dead person” gift, we also have some fascinating secondary characters and a beautiful love story!

In addition to the great story, I loved the world the author created. It was completely believable, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the author had somehow found a way to travel back in time to the time of the Pharaoh’s. That’s how accurate this story felt.

This was a quick and fun read. Rosa was a character I became invested in early on, and I enjoyed the adventure she took me on. Sons of the Sphinx will easily appeal to young adult readers and adults who need a break from the daily grind.
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December 22, 2014
HoaP would like to thank Cheryl Carpinello for gifting us a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first seen on Heart of a Philanthropist blog.

I was very excited to read Sons of the Sphinx because I enjoy dystopian time travel adventures. I cringed when I opened the book and it started with the "I talk to dead people" story line. Upon further reading, I found out that this is not the typical approach to a paranomal book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down.

Rosa is in class taking a math test and begins to yell at a ghost who is interrupting her thought process. The teacher sends her to the principal who sends her home. Everyone must think she is crazy!

In her room, she tells the voice to go away, but it persists calling her Roosa. She turns around and to her surprise King Tutankhamen stands in her presence. He explains that he needs 'Roosa's' help in reuniting him with his Queen Ankhesenamun. Rosa is overcome by the Queen as she touches King Tut. The Queen speaks through Rosa. This is the first time Rosa has been possessed by another person. At first Rosa protests travelling back to Ancient Egypt (after all she has a paper due), but finally accompanies King Tut. In a swoosh of a second (and a stomach turning trip) they are in Egypt.

The couple experience tomb raiders. (This is quite a funny scene). Rosa is almost killed more than once by Pharaoh Horemheb who does not want Rosa and King Tut to succeed in their mission. She meets a family member of King Tut. They are almost buried alive inside a pyramid. Rosa learns why no one discovered King Tuts burial chamber until 3000 years after he was mummified. Rosa is both terrified and fascinated by Ancient Egypt and the enemies she gains along the way. Will she ever be able to leave? Will she be able to reunite King Tut and his Queen? Does she even want to?

There is a fascinating infatuation by Rosa to King Tut. This is an interesting addition to the story. Rosa must touch King Tut more than once to unite him with Queen Ankhesenamun. In the process, Rosa gets infatuated with the King. How could this possibly work? He is a ghost. She is alive 3000 years after his death. He is gorgeous, young, muscular, and intriguing. Every teenage girl would fall for a guy like him especially with the hormone party going on in their body. I like that the author addressed this. It made the story more believable.

I found Sons of the Sphinx a great read! I homeschool my son. We are studying Ancient Egypt right now so the story came alive to me. If there were questions I had in the book, they were answered by our lessons. The story made the history lessons exciting. We used our imagination while we learned. (My son is always asking me to try and do fun stuff for school. This book helped accomplish this task.) Sons of the Sphinx is a work of fiction but it is obvious that the author did her research. She knew details, even explaining stuff that was not in our history book. There is a great glossary in the back of the book that we will use when writing our Ancient Egypt essay.

HoaP received a copy of Sons of the Sphinx in exchange for an honest review. If you would like HoaP to review a book or product for you, please contact us at philanthropicHR@yahoo.com. If you found this review helpful, please like it on Goodreads as this helps others to more easily find our reviews. Thank you for your support and God Bless!
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Author 14 books739 followers
August 28, 2015
Prepare yourself for an incredible adventure in ancient Egypt when you pick up Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello. The story starts with a prophecy that sets the tone for magic, mystery, and mayhem in places. Rosa, 15, has an unusual gift she inherited from her grandmother: she hears the dead. Maybe it would be easier if she could see them and tell them to go away properly, and not have to put up with an annoying interruption in her maths test. Of course it is all Nana’s fault because once Nana told Rosa and a friend about the spirits that visited her, life was never quite the same. At age 15, when all you want to do is fit in and be accepted, that’s not the kind of thing guaranteed to win friends and influence people. The really scary part comes when, from only being a voice, the young pharaoh Tutankhamun appears large as life in Rosa’s bedroom, telling her he needs her to help in a vital mission. How much better can it get? Tut tells Rosa that part of his one true love, Ankhesenamun, is now contained within Rosa, and he needs to take Rosa along with him to find her burial place so they can be united. The problem is this mission must be fulfilled within seven days and Rosa’s parents, who’ve gone to a movie, will be back by midnight. But that’s not a problem as Tut explains what a time wrap is to the bemused Rosa. However, hurtling back to the ancient past isn’t going to be an easy ride. Danger, magic, evil and the possibility that Rosa might not be able to return home dog their footsteps.

What a story as Cheryl Carpinello displays her expertise as both a writer and an educator in her incredibly detailed portrayal of life in ancient Egypt. Readers will feel the sun’s heat, smell the perfumes and spices, taste the food, touch the artefacts, and bask in the glory of Egypt’s past. Threaded through the non stop action and adventure, the author drops in the right kind of historical information in bite sized pieces, painting a portrait of the ancient past, the story behind the rulers and their people, their relationships, and their choices, both good and bad. I really enjoyed the portrayal of Rosa as a typical teenager with the issues, problems, angst, crushes, and awkwardness of her age. The dialogue is spot on with the nuances and colloquialisms that will appeal to the intended target market. I also enjoyed Rosa’s often sarcastic inner monologue as she deals with sand, heat, sunburn and a lot of discomfort, not having had 3000 years to rack up the right kind of experience with these matters. For me, the most compelling part of this intriguing adventure is the subtle lessons Rosa learns that are contained in the story: the value of life, the value of love, trusting your instincts, trusting in friendship, finding the courage within, and finding self belief. I think teens will just love every aspect of this well written, mesmerising tale.
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November 21, 2014
I received this book in an exchange for an honest review.

The Sons of the Sphinx is about Rosa a 15 year old girl who is able to hear spirits and because of it she’s able to meet King Tutankhamen who asks that she help him reunite with his Queen and bring honor to his family and being the romantic that she is agrees. Not really knowing what she’s gotten herself into but she soon finds out that it isn’t that simple.

Throughout Rosa’s journey in ancient Egypt she has threats on her life by Horemheb and while at times it does become too much she still doesn’t give up in helping Tut. I loved Rosa as a character, she seemed like a real frightened 15 year old girl worrying about more than a teenager should at their age but she managed to brave it through her. During her journey with Tut she grows as a character, she realizes that the ability her grandmother passed down to her is not a curse but a gift. If it had not been for her ability to see spirits she wouldn’t have met Tut or traveled through ancient Egypt.

King Tutankhamen’s character I had a great sympathy towards and I felt saddened by the way his life had gone during his time. I was happy that Rosa helped him along the way and comforted him when he needed it. In a way they both helped each other grow as characters.

Sons of the Sphinx is a wonderful book and I enjoyed reading every minute of it. I loved that the books setting was in Egypt because I actually haven’t had the chance to read a book with the setting being in such a wonderful place like Egypt. I loved Carpinello’s depiction of Egypt though I personally have never been there she made it possible for me to imagine it.

If you are looking for a great preteen, action/adventure, Time travel book with a hint of romance. Then look no more this story is just for you.

Rating: 4.5

This review can also be found at I Sold My Soul For Books
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Author 20 books180 followers
February 21, 2015
I received a copy of this book from Double Decker books as part of a blog launch for the author in exchange for an honest review.

First off, I will openly admit that I am a historian with an avid interest in the field of ancient history. The author has done a marvelous job of negotiating the disputed points of this era and woven them into a seamless time travel historical adventure for middle grade, teen readers and adults. Her characters are well-developed and manage to appear authentic in both the ancient and modern time periods. Carpinello includes a glossary to assist the reader in understanding the historical figures and background.

Rosa is a fifteen year old tenth grader who has inherited a special gift from her grandmother. This teen is able to speak to people of the past, who appear to her at most inconvenient times like during a math test. At the outset of this adventure, King Tut himself not only speaks but appears to her in her room. He urges her to travel back in time with him to find the spirit of his love, Hesena. Rosa has never dated, but finds herself falling for Tut. She agrees to help him, if they can get back before her parents return from dinner and the movies. Tut assures her that the time wrap will allow them to do so.

Rosa will need to draw upon her inner spirit to connect with Hesena, fight off tomb robbers, traverse the hot sands of the Egyptian desert, and fend off the evil Pharaoh Horemheb in their attempt to complete their quest and right the wrongs that have been done. She will travel back more than 3000 years in time, but never have the opportunity to share her experience with her family and peers. Yet Rosa's talent and spirit shine through and allow her to fight her fears and grow stronger.

This was a perfect read to curl up with on a cold, snowy afternoon. Highly recommended for all lovers of history, adventure, fantasy and fun for all ages ten and older.
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July 22, 2015
*I was given a copy for an honest review*

The Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. I was immediately captivated by the cover because of it. I absolutely adore Egyptian history and culture so I was excited to read this one.

I was not sure what to expect from this story, so I was pleasantly surprised when reading it. The main character Rosa could speak to ghosts. While trying to take a math test, Rosa began to hear a male's voice. Soon the ghost of King Tut appeared to Rosa seeking help. She was then transported 3,000 years to the past where she met peril. It was absolutely fun to read this book. It was engaging for it had its drama and action. I found myself flying through the pages.

I greatly appreciated the history and myths that were told throughout the story. It was obvious that the author did her research. The history and myths were wonderfully put together in a smooth manner. I was able to picture King Tut's memories and envision what ancient Egypt looked like. It was great to see how the author's research and details flowed together with the plot.

This book did read fast. I was able to read it in a couple of hours. Many of the transitions slightly bothered me for I felt that everything was happening too quick. I would have liked to have read more elaborations, such as Rosa's character being able to speak to dead people. However, the story was still fascinating that I was able to be hooked from beginning to end.

As a whole, this was a fun read. I enjoyed the story and the research that was put into this book. It was a fast read that had me engaged the whole time.
October 10, 2014
15 year old Rosa has an interesting, if not unusual, problem . . . ghosts talk to her. It's troublesome, to say the least, to have dead people trying to carry on a conversation with her while she's taking a math test. But one day her unique connection to the underworld takes her headlong into an adventure through time.

Rosa has a fascination with the Egyptian Dynasty, and in particular - King Tut. So when she is given an assignment to do a project on ancient history she naturally decides to base it on the life of the boy king. --That's when things really start to get weird for Rosa because for the first time ever an apparition appears before her, and the ethereal being is none other than the one-and-only King Tut. Soon after, Rosa is whisked away to ancient Egypt where she experiences first-hand encounters with tomb raiders, evil spirits and even friends and foe of King Tut.

Sons of the Sphinx is an engaging work of fiction that incorporates many fascinating historical facts that are skillfully intertwined within the pages of a truly terrific read. Sons of the Sphinx comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
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30 reviews10 followers
November 24, 2014
Cheryl Carpinello is a very gifted writer. Sons of the Sphinx is a fast read that is geared toward younger readers but, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed every page. This is a fast read. A PERFECT read for the weekend, cuddled up on the couch. The story centers around 15 year old Rosa. Rosa is no ordinary teen. She can hear dead people.

Rosa tries to reunite King Tutankhamen with his Queen and bring honor to his family isn't the easy task she believed it would be.

Follow Rosa’s journey in ancient Egypt, dodging Pharaoh Horemheb (Bad guy!!) and bringing honor to King Tutankamen family. Rosa's character is my favorite. I love this young woman's spit and fire!

If you are looking for a great time travel book; give this one a try!! This would be a perfect gift for the teen in your life too!
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Author 7 books416 followers
December 2, 2014
Rosa and Tut are very sleuthlike, in that they must discover and interpret clues as to the final resting place of Ay, who will tell them where Ankhesenamun is buried. It's an interesting pair, one teenager from the past and one from the future, using what knowledge they have of the time to move from one clue to another.

The historical detail was fascinating and well woven throughout the narrative. The various landmarks and the terrain in general leapt from the pages, placing the reader in an ancient, and somewhat exotic time. It has an engaging and well developed plot, dynamic characters and was a fun read.

I'm sure young adults will enjoy the attention to detail and the journey back in time.
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March 27, 2015
Whether you are young or old, have an interested in ancient Egyptian culture or not, you will be amazed by this book! This book has a little bit of everything, time travel, mystery, some paranormal, romance (very G rated) and history. I felt like I learned a lot about King Tut and what life might have been like back then. I like that it is seen though a teen's eye as it is a different perspective than what an adult might think or do.

very enjoyable!
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Author 1 book45 followers
August 25, 2019
What if a dead pharaoh, Tutankhamen came to you for help in finding his lost queen? What would you do?

Rosa knows she must help, but there are going to be dangers along the way, and what if something happens to her? Would she ever be allowed to go home again?

I really enjoyed this book! It was fun and a quick read!
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Author 12 books152 followers
December 28, 2014
Recommended for fans of ancient Egypt who like a little magic mixed in.

I have read and reviewed the prequel to this one, Tutankhamen Speaks, and was pleased to nab a copy from the author to continue the story. This is an original time travel adventure that gives a fresh new perspective from the view of Tut himself. The main character, Rosa, is a modern-day girl who has a gift that allows her to speak with the dead (a gift that she's not really too thrilled about). Tut contacts her and convinces her that she has a role to play in reuniting his spirit with that of his great love, Hesena.

After a little convincing and debating within her own mind, Rosa agrees to help him. As they embark through time to find the clues she finds that Tut is at times rather cool towards her, and he never gives her much information. Just enough, but never too much. As she finds herself falling for him, she fights the feelings as she knows that there is no future for them to be together. The thing is, that she has part of Tut's great love's spirit within her, so it's a battle in her mind to know which feelings are her and which are not. Tut is very guarded and he continually switches between his ruler persona and a more personal one. This becomes quite frustrating for Rosa.

The book effectively compares old to new life, revealing that the underlying needs of the characters are the same, whether ancient or modern. They all want to be with the ones they care for. Tut with Hesena, and Rosa to return home to her family. Rosa has always been a fan of ancient Egypt and had long built up the romance of Tut's story within her own mind. It was a dream come true for her to actually become part of his story, and to help him reunite with his wife in the afterlife, but in reality it is home she craves for.

It's obvious that Cheryl Carpinello has great interest in ancient Egypt and a great deal of research is evident. The book contained a lot of information and I probably only picked up half of the details, but enough to follow the story. I enjoyed the plot and the original time-travel angle. The book also gave me a different perspective of a curse, by showing it from the view of the curser (Tut's spirit in his tomb) and it's impact on the grave robber victims. Karma comes to mind. It also provoked thoughts as to whether archaeologists are any different to ancient grave robbers. They both disturb sacred sites to fulfil their own goals. The main difference (I hope) is the archaeologist's ultimate goal is preservation rather than instant wealth.

In a nutshell: This was an entertaining time-travel adventure with a twist. It succeeds with a nice blend of fact and fiction. Recommended for fans of ancient Egypt who like a little magic mixed in. A good story for teens and adults who are young at heart.

Note: I don't claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.
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March 4, 2015
A revivew of Sons of the Sphinx* by Cheryl Carpinello (2014)

Cheryl Carpinello likes to write for what she calls “reluctant readers.” Now that I have read Sons of the Sphinx, she can add “reluctant historians” to her calling card. While I have always loved to read, history (with the exception of biography) has consistently put me to sleep. I did not nap while reading Sons of the Sphinx.

The book’s endearing main character, Rosa, helped bring me into the story. She is a reluctant heroine who struggles against her own gifts as well as against being chosen to help the historical characters, King Tut and Ankhesesnamun, reunite. Rosa’s reactions to the things happening around her often made me smile. She is an unworldly 15-year-old who shows a precocious understanding of history early in the story. It is through her appreciative eyes that I was able to see Carpinello’s well-rendered Egyptian landscape and the historically informed details of a glorious city that no longer exists.

Early in the story, when we see some of the prized possessions related to ancient Egypt that Rosa keeps in her bedroom, I could not help imagining a young Carpinello storing similar items on her own shelves at one time. On one hand, the fact that Rosa “sees dead people” provided the author an opportunity to tell an engaging story through the eyes of someone who sees things no one else can. On the other, what is history but the ability to see dead people? When seen this way, I think it’s safe to say that this at least is a characteristic Carpinello shares with Rosa.

When I was young enough to be considered the target-age of this book, I was superficially intrigued by the Egyptian pyramids, the tombs within them, and mummification. In the late 1970s, I saw the exhibition of artifacts from KingTut’s tomb at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. But the details of this period never spoke to me in stories like they do to Rosa or Carpinello. In fact, they didn’t speak to me this way until Sons of the Sphinx.

Reading this book motivated me to explore other resources to see where fact and fiction part ways in Sons of the Sphinx. After gleaning that Carpinello made the absolute most of the little that is known of what actually happened, I found myself yawning over these and rereading parts of her book instead. This reluctant historian will stick with Carpinello’s view of events. I highly recommend the book.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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49 reviews36 followers
December 5, 2014
Since early high school in AP History classes, I've been enthralled with Ancient Egypt, and I've watched every documentary on the pyramids, pharaohs, cultures, and everything pertaining to that time period, so I already greatly anticipated taking the time to read Sons of the Sphinx. I also love a variety of paranormal reads, and this one satisfied me completely. From the beginning of the novel the author had me hooked, and I read the book in one sitting when I should have been sleeping, but there are no regrets.

Although Sons of the Sphinx is geared towards a younger crowd, it proved a refreshing change and thoroughly enjoyable read from the adult novels I've read and reviewed in the last few months. Rosa's courage, bravery, brilliance, and compassion entwined with normal conflicted teenage thoughts and soul-searching made her an endearing female protagonist, and I couldn't help but pity the poor soul of her ghostly companion as they embarked on the perilous journey of fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Pharaoh Horemheb is the consummate villain, and between his vile antics, Rosa's mixed romantic feelings and noble actions, King Tut's longing for his lost queen, and the dangers of what is easily called an epic journey in the truest sense, made Sons of the Sphinx a quick page-turner.

Cheryl Carpinello is a gifted writer, and Sons of the Sphinx is a beautifully executed novel with three-dimensional characters, excellent plot twists, and a brilliant climax and conclusion. I didn't experience one dull moment while reading the book, and I felt disappointed when I reached the end--another indicator of a great novel. Lovers of historical fiction, a fascination with the paranormal, and the pangs and lessons involved with coming-of-age novels will love Sons of the Sphinx. It is more than worthy of the accolades received thus far, and I highly recommend purchasing Sons of the Sphinx today.

I look forward to reading Cheryl Carpinello's other published novels and can't wait to see the current schedule of novels published between 2015-2017. Details of her other books can be found on her websites, and they are worth checking out.
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July 27, 2015


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March 12, 2015
Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello is a fantastic, fun read. I very much enjoyed traveling back through time with Rosa and King Tut. The story line and imagery are very well done. Add in some not so silent chuckles and a hint of teenage love, and this book was a huge hit for me. I enjoyed it tremendously.
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January 21, 2015
There is no better way to fall in love with history than to time-travel back into history via a story - especially if you are time traveling with young King Tut hismelf. I read an early version of this story and loved it, and am thrilled to see the published version available now!
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Author 41 books372 followers
April 13, 2020
Sons of the Sphinx is another fantastic work of ancient Egyptian fiction by author Cheryl Carpinello in the Ancient Tales & Legends collection. Written firmly for a young adult audience, this full length chapter book will encourage readers aged twelve and up into its magnificent sweeping narrative with a tale of time travel, ghosts and ancient wonders. Our hero for the tale is 15-year-old Rosa, who is charged by the ghost of the great King Tutankahmen to help him find his lost queen, the enigmatic Hesena. Rosa’s gift for hearing the dead has never brought her much luck, but now more than ever the stakes are getting high. What results is a superb adventure tale that encompasses romance, time travel, clever historical mysteries and teenage drama in the most wonderful of ways.

I think this might be my favourite of everything I have read of author Cheryl Carpinello so far, and that’s saying something because I have devoured her unique and well informed take on ancient history over the last few months in many forms. But there’s something about Rosa’s tale that was so emotionally relatable and intricately clever in its plot construction, and that makes for a really engaging read. Teens (and teens at heart) will thrill over the puzzles and challenges that Rosa has to overcome on her quest for communication with Hesena, and her approach is age appropriate and never precocious or too ‘adult’. This develops her into a realistic teenager, and the imagery of her journey through the haunted world of Ancient Egyptian life and culture is peppered with fantastic historical details, architecture and atmosphere aplenty. As always, these elements create a cinematic and visual world for readers to lose themselves in, but the prose is never too overdone or complicated in its delivery. Overall, Sons of the Sphinx is a highly engaging and accessible novel which delivers both education and excitement.
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Author 4 books64 followers
October 28, 2021
An enthralling, action-packed adventure through time awaits you in Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello.

Is seeing dead people a gift or a curse? Fifteen-year-old Rosa is certain it’s the latter. When the ghost of King Tut asks for her help in finding his lost queen, Hesena, Rosa finds herself traveling through different time periods in ancient Egypt pursued by Horemheb who, with the help of evil magic, is determined to stop her.

Wow! What a wild ride. From beginning to end, this is a story of love, adventure, and danger. Carpinello does a fine job in creating Rosa, whose gift interferes with normal life. Her connection to Tut and Hesena may go deeper than even she realizes. The author created a thrilling story where the danger kept building into a final showdown that leaves the reader breathless. Her attention to detail and historical knowledge draw the reader in just as much as the plot.

Sons of the Sphinx is a fabulous tale that lovers of ancient history, time travel stories, and the paranormal will enjoy.
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2,248 reviews65 followers
October 20, 2021
I really enjoyed reading this. I absolutely loved Rosa. How many 15-year-olds could have the ghost of an ancient Egyptian king show up and handle it so well? With an evil general and a great cast of characters, the thrilling plot will keep you turning pages until the end. I loved the idea that Rosa had to go back in time to not only reunite King Tut with his soulmate, but to also stop General Horemheb from changing the course of history with the aid of higher powers. This is a time-traveling adventure that's perfect for both young adult and older readers.
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611 reviews
April 9, 2018
A definitely different take on Egyptian lore and when a long dead pharaoh makes an appearance in a young high school girl's room, she's really not ready for what comes next. It was a quick read with some humor and sarcasm in a good way(of course).You liked Rosa and even the pharaoh that made an unexpected appearance in her room and how she even managed to cope with everything that came after that particular visit. So when you get a chance, pick up a copy and enjoy.
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April 25, 2020
This was a quick read but I enjoyed it a lot. There is so much history put into this story. It is set at a nice pace that you can read through and not get bored. I loved the travel in it. The character development was fun to see.
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August 26, 2021
This is the second book I have read from this author and she has done very well keeping me intrigued and enjoying her work. It's fun to be able to go back in time from here to there and read a book that you may not normally read. The characters of this book are so believable as well as the plot.
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176 reviews
May 8, 2018
Great book for those middle readers. If they like to read about the Egyptian gods, want an adventure back in time this might be a book for them.
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