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Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris

(Theodosia Throckmorton #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,564 ratings  ·  210 reviews
Theodosia Throckmorton is in a fix. Allowed to attend a reception given by one of the directors of her parents’ museum, she stumbles across Mr. Tetley of the British Museum—in most unusual circumstances! Since Theo has last seen him in a showdown in an ancient Egyptian tomb, his reappearance could mean only one thing: the Serpents of Chaos are back.
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published 2007 by Houghton Mifflin
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jess (and yes, it's on it's way!)
Just as great as the first book, with maybe a little more action, a little more "Brit-ness," (ie the Navy). Also there are even a few more secret societies to be unearthed, to, in my mind, hilarious results. Also there seems to be the ever mounting shadow of the great war to come...

Only flaw, has to do with the cover illustration, which I love, but where are Theo's gloves? Like she would really be holding that staff and not be prepared!
I am officially in love with this series.
It was humorous, witty and full of adventure.

Some might think it a bit childlike books but wasn't Harry Potter suppose to be for children? I think my age has given me a chance to appreciate books more than as a child.

Theodosia's comments and thoughts made me laugh and giggle more than five times throughout this book. I can't wait for the third and hopefully more.

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The lace on my party frock itched horribly. I don't understand how they can
Dec 29, 2008 rated it liked it
For undisclosed reasons that are probably only in my head, partway through Theodosia's second adventure I started being reminded of the American Girl series. Theodosia is a great character, smart, brave, and resourceful, and the fantasy elements are well-done and unique. What tripped me up was that I could never figure out how I was supposed to feel about Theodosia's parents. It's the classic kid-adventure dilemma: the parents have to be dim or uncaring enough to let the life-threatening adventu ...more
I find I am enjoying Theodosia and her exploits far more than I thought I would. She's so spunky and Charlotte Parry brings her to life quite well.
These books remind me of the Bloody Jack Adventures by L.A. Meyer - clever young English girl who lives life according to her rules.
Gail Carriger
Nov 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, victorian-primary
I quite enjoyed this book. Told in first person, Theodosia has a very adult (almost precocious) voice, and the author manages to maintain an extremely Victorian overtone as a result. I like my Victorian dialed down slightly (as you may have noticed in my own books) but that doesn't stop me from appreciating a true master at work. It's as though Amelia B. Edwards wrote a YA. That said, there are some who may find this book a little dry because of its language, and younger readers may struggle wit ...more
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody!
This book is a great sequel to Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. I loved this book for a lot of reasons, but mainly because:
1. My favorite character, Sticky Will, had a big role. :D
2. The idea for the Staff of Osiris is ingenious on LaFevers' part.
3. Great climax!!!!

I really liked the climax. It was very, well, climactic, unlike some other books that I've read. *Cough The Name of This Book is Secret Cough*.

Great, Great, GREAT book!
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
So what did Theodosia really expect? She single handedly saves England by returning the heart of Egypt and in return her parts let her clean out the catacombs at the museum. In all fairness, they aren't "technically" catacombs, but they're creepy, dank, dusty, full of mummies and worst of all, dark magic Theo can't even begin to speculate on. She did at least get to attend a gala event due to her discovery of the hidden annex in the tomb of Amenemhab, of course she rather embarrassingly pointed ...more
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the full review from my blog, which can be found at if you're interested in following! =)

I'm so excited to get back to Theodosia's world, with her witty humor and demure black cat, Isis. The Serpents of Chaos are wreaking havoc again- and it's up to Theodosia and Lord Wigmere (leader of the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers) to eradicate them once and for all. Another secret society becomes involved in the mysterious mummy case for good measure. Theo
Sarah Sammis
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers was actually my first introduction to Theo and the rest of her family. But by the end of the second chapter it was clear I was missing a lot by reading this book before the first in the series. So I did something I don't normally do, I returned the second book unread and checked until I had read the first book.

So nearly a year later, I returned to the book and cracked it open with a wary anticipation. I had enjoyed the The Serpents of Chaos but
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I started the second book of this amazing series (Theodosia Throckmorton) with much anticipation having loved the first book and I was not disappointed! This is truly a fun, adventurous, and I'd go so far as to even say instructive book. This is Girl Indiana Jones.

In this book, set in London in about 1907, 11 year-old Theodosia, daughter of the Curator of Egyptology at a museum (father) and a female Egyptologist (mother), continues on with her studies of ancient Egypt curses and how to remove t
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Theodosia Throckmorton Series. Loved it. The staff of Osiris is quite a relic it has all sorts of incredible powers. And in this book we are introduced to a third secret society, rather silly and bothersome. This is a children’s book series (like Harry Potter is and filled with incredible realistic characters like Harry Potter) In these books the children are far more intelligent and honest and dependable than the adults. I adore these books. Mad about them. Set in ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I had a hard time appreciating the heroine of this story, although I love her name.

I was interested in the Egyptian stuff and I liked the respect she had for the history and artifacts. I did like the story line there. I just thought Theodosia was just a little too much! The story was okay, if just a little too far fetched. It was funny to see the curses she set onto the bad guys, and how things came about, but way too juvinile for me.

I am hoping my 9 year old friend will want to read the stori
Tommy Hancock
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't know if it had more to do with my mood when I read book one or if this book was just that much better, but I liked this one so much more. I liked Serpents of Chaos, but was honestly on the fence about reading anymore books in this series. So glad I decided to.

The characters felt more real, the story thicker, and the writing style much smoother. There was a twist I saw coming a mile away, but it worked well to mask one I hadn't even begun thinking of suspecting, but that made a lot of sen
Dec 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
quit reading it because it wasn't interesting
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Once again, Theodosia accidentally gets caught up in plans for the Serpents of Chaos to try to rule the world and has to find a way with her trusty street urchin Will (& his brother, Snuffles) and secret society head, Wigemere, to foil their plans again.

She also has to contend with her Grandmother getting in her way by constantly getting her new governesses---none of which are up to the task of Theo who is infinitely smarter than then. Her parents still don't know the depth of her knowl
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-middle-ya
I'm always a bit scared going into a series that after the first book the characters might not be quite as strong, but my nerves were settled reading this. Theodosia definitely did not lose any of her quirkiness that I so enjoyed in the first book. Her adventure with Egyptian magic and secret organizations continues with just as many interesting happenings and curses and I was able to read it in a single day (though with quite a bit of discipline and no commitments). I think I might just go ahea ...more
Loved it. What a wonderfully engaging child and one has just got to admire her self-motivation to study Greek, Latin, hieroglyphics and generally manage her own education. She has an unusual skill, she can remove curses from objects which is handy as many of the objects in her parents' museum have been cursed.

The subject matter has been well researched and it's a fun way for kids to learn about the Egyptian gods.

Really enjoyed it and I wish the library had the other volumes.

If you liked Harry Po
Cynthia Egbert
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
"But Socrates said that the best education is based on questioning. Surely you've heard of the Socratic method?" While I didn't like this one quite as much as the first book in the series, it is awfully hard for me not to love a young protagonist who spouts such lines as this one to a ridiculous governess hired by a tyrannical grandmother. This one had a lot that I enjoyed but felt far more loose in the storyline and that bothered me. Theodosia's strengths were not played up to their fullest and ...more
Hannah Belyea
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
While cataloguing the artifacts in the basement of the museum, Theodosia comes across a staff that she learns can control the dead - and when it falls into the wrong hands and her father is accused of stealing mummies, she and her friends will have to face the Serpents of Chaos once again! LaFevers gives fans another enjoyable mystery full of wit and smart characters that will keep eyes glued to the pages. The plans of Chaos are about to throw the fate of Britain into the fray again!
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series so far!
In my opinion, it was such a huge plot twist when we found out Admiral Sopcoate was working with Chaos, and that Clide Fagenbush was with the Brotherhood! I loved this book so much!! I absolutely can't wait to read the next one!
Logan Carter
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish i could give it more than 5 stars! This is a series that is really fun and fascinating, rich with Egyptian history and legends. This 2nd book in the series is even better than the first! 😍. I’m glad I have #3 on hand to start next. They are like find chocolate. You just want more!!
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, kids
Theodosia just cracks me up with her logic and her unique way of doing things in saving the world.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
good story, I liked the jackel coming to life, you never knew when it was going to show up
Linus U.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an awesome book, with a fantasy/detective feel.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really do love Theodosia and this series!! She gets into so many adventures and handles them so well. I love her sassiness and wit especially.
N Jonathan
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very Good addition to the series. I really enjoined it. You should read it if you are looking for a adventure!! :)
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My son loves this series and requested that I rate this particular one five stars.
Gwendolyn Bryant
I loved this whole series
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