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Sons of the Sphinx

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  29 reviews
2014 Silver Medal for PreTeen/YA from Literary Classics
2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval

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.
Paperback, 126 pages
Published October 10th 2014 by Beyond Today Educator
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08 Apr 2015
ancient egypt, cheryl carpinello, children's book, history, middle grade, review, sons of the sphinx, tweens
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
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 dee ...more
Cheryl Carpinello
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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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 te
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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
Rachel McClellan
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 sto
Kim Propp
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 put
Fiona Ingram
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Barbara Ann
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
*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 a
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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
Connie Gruning
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Kelly Gamble
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 anc
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
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!
Rebecca Hill
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!
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Travel to ancient Egypt through the eyes of a tenth grader named Rosa as she uses her special gifts in an attempt to bring honor to King Tutankhamen’s family. Rosa is an ordinary teen who struggles to fit in with her peers, however she must also come to term with the gift that her grandmother bestowed on her.

As it turns out, Rosa’s gift allows her to not only to hear and speak to dead people, but actually travel back to ancient Egypt. Without warning King Tut appears to Rosa in her bedroom askin
Marie Collins
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 strugg
Amberr Meadows
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ther ...more
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Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Margo Berendsen
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-fantasy
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!
Jemima Pett
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
a cute read for pre-teens. like the story line.
K.C. Finn
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 enigmat ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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.
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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