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The Lost Scroll of the Physician

(Secrets of the Sands #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  28 reviews
In her search for answers, Sesha must find a priceless scroll for the pharaoh.

Sesha and Ky, children of the pharaoh’s royal physician, are left charming snakes and stealing food to survive after a brutal fire takes their parents and their home.

Unsure of whom to trust, the pair are found and brought back to the palace, despite misgivings that the royals are somehow involved
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published January 25th 2020 by Dundurn
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ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

This story read itself. From the first page to the ending it was packed full of mystery, bravery and love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters' personalities. It was like going on an adventure that was about more than just a murder. It was about saving a nation. And to find out that the scroll is a real item, just the cherry on top of the cake. This is definitely a book that will intrigue it's reader and make him/her wonder about the
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley

This was an enjoyable, colorful story that goes into a lot of detail of how life was lived in the days of ancient Egypt. The detail was certainly very interesting to read about, and it seems the author has done extensive research. I was only surprised at the abrupt ending, but I suppose it makes sense, since it's a series (so I can't wait to read on!) About the only thing I felt lukewarm about was that although this was life in ancient
Michelle Kenneth -
[Thank you to Dundurn/Ingram/Edelweiss for the eARC.]

This book hit all of the right marks. I was so interested in this story, it peaked my archaeological curiosity, so I did some additional research of my own. Surprise! That's exactly what the author hopes you will do - peak your interest in wanting to learn more about Egyptian history.

There are so many things I loved about this story. One, you are learning about Egyptian history, especially about their beliefs and medicine. Two, a young girl is
B.R. Myers
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first in the Secrets of the Sands series, The Scroll of the Lost Physician by Alisha Sevigny will send readers on a voyage back to the ornately detailed world of Ancient Egypt where tombs, treasure, and traitors abound. Told in the voice of Sesha, a young scribe, this middle grade mystery strikes the perfect balance between rich historical detail, witty dialogue, and a fast-paced plot. With its full cast of compelling characters and cliff hangers, kids will be staying up late, reading under ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a fun read! Honestly once I started, I couldn't put it down. The plot moves very quickly, and the two main characters are so brave and smart, I was rooting for them from the start. The setting is very interesting (8 year old me who was obsessed with Ancient Egypt would have devoured this...okay 27 year old me did anyway), and the author does a great job of putting you there with all the sight, smells,
Online Eccentric Librarian
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is a nice whodunit with your typical mustache-twirling-evil-guy-in-power and the plucky kids who foil his/her plans. There is just enough of the plot given throughout that kids can begin to decipher for themselves, though adults will likely find the answer pretty easily. The author sticks to the historical milieu nicely and also attempts to do a bit of educating about the Pharaohs and especially mummification.

Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sick so please ignore this mess of a review.

So I read this book in under two hours. It was good. Very good. The author sent me a free electronic copy and I was able to lie in bed and read is straight without any breaks. I feel like that really heightened my liking of this book. I have always loved Egypt and books centered around Egyptian culture. This book was done exceptionally well. I loved the characters, the plot, and the historical accuracy for the most part. I recommend this book to
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nine-year-old me would have devoured this in one day. Twenty-five-year-old me read it in three, and thoroughly enjoyed every nibble. Fast-paced, marvelously descriptive, and full of the spirit of adventure.
I received an arc of this book on netgalley.

Sesha, and her brother Ky are forced to steal food to survive after their parents are killed in a fire in ancient Egypt.

I liked how Sesha got to go work and train as a Physician, and it the setting was pretty realistic, in my opinion. Definitely one of the better ancient Egypt books I have read.
Desirae Clark
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author

A bit of introduction to the story:

The story follows our young protagonist Sesha, a strong-willed, incredibly smart girl, whose parents perished in a fire not too long before the story began. She has a younger brother Ky, who suffers from a condition for which the cure had not yet been discovered. Before her father's death, Sesha was aware that he was translating a scroll which might have been the answer on how to help her sibling.
However, the night of the
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley

Rating: 5 stars! (extra star because I want this series and author to do well)

Short review:
1. Nice plot; nice setting - It is guessable at times but still entertaining nonetheless
2. Good prose - It will be familiar for Rick Riordan fans (like his more recent works)
3. Nice characters - Characters are quite well developed and I'd like to see them get more dimensions in future books
4. Right length - The book was a
Ms. Yingling
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Sesha and Ky have been living on the streets in ancient Egypt for a month after the tragic death of their parents in a suspicious fire. The father had been a doctor for the Pharaoh, and Sesha thinks that her father's translation of a scroll has put him in danger, which is bad because he felt the scroll had the cure for her brother's fluid on the brain. After they almost get in trouble, they are returned to the palace, where Ky returns to being friends with the
The Rebel Scribe
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and to the publisher for sending me an e-galley of this book!

The Lost Scroll of the Physician is a thrilling, entertaining and well-researched children's book. Sesha is a heroine that young girls can look up to filled with spirit and and compassion for her brother Ky. The book tackles some fairly deep subjects as Sesha resumes her training as a scribe to try and find Imhotep's lost scroll which could have possibly gotten her father killed.

It's a race against time and Sesha
Vighnesh Muraly
This was an ARC that was sent to me from Dundurn Press so thanks to them for sending this to me in exchange for an honest review.

This book started off really quickly and a lot of things were happening. I really liked how the plot was moving at the start and how it was super fast paced but, it started to slow down and I felt that it got a little bit boring halfway through the book.

It started off with 5 star vibes for me but the plot really slowed down and the challenges the main character was
Estíbaliz Montero Iniesta
More like a 3'75. (ARC received in exchange for an honest review).

I've always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt and its gods and mythology. Therefore, I immediately felt drawn to this book. Even though it is a middle-grade, it does a very good job of depicting Ancient Egypt's day-to-day life. And what is more important, it does so without talking down to the reader, all the information is presented in a very natural and organic way.

I also really liked the characters: Sesha is a really smart and
Katelyn Fowler
Title: The Lost Scroll of the Physician
Author: Alisha Sevigny
Release Date: 2.18.2020
Review Date: 2.3.2020
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sesha and Ky, children of the pharaoh’s royal physician, are left charming snakes and stealing food to survive after a brutal fire takes their parents and their home. Unsure of whom to trust, the pair are found and brought back to the palace, despite misgivings that the royals are somehow involved in their parents’ deaths. Sesha
The Paperback Princess
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While targeted at a younger audience, I found The Lost Scroll of the Physician to be a fantastic read for people of all ages. Based in Ancient Egypt, it follows the story of a young girl in search of an old medical scroll that has the power to save both her brother's life and her country. But as she goes deeper into the temple to find this document, she also discovers information about her parents' recent death that challenge her beliefs and the people she thought she could trust. A thrilling, ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I want to start by saying thank you to Edelweiss and Ingram Publisher Services for granting me the opportunity to read this remarkable book. This is the story of Sesha and Ky, who are the children of the Physician to the Pharoah. Their parents are killed under questionable circumstances, and doing what they can to survive on their own until they are caught by the palace guards. Once in the palace, the Pharoah allows Sesha to continue her studies and asks her to find the missing scroll her father ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was.... unexpected.

I'm a newbie to the Middle Grade genre so I admit it's possible that I didn't have realistic expectations.

The story centers around Sesha and her younger brother Ky. They were the children of the Pharaoh's Great Physician, until they lose their parents one night in a tragic fire. A fire that Sesha is convinced wasn't an accident. We follow Sesha through the twists and turns of finding out exactly what happened, all while she tries to help her brother before she runs out of
(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Kasey ♥
**Disclaimer: I was given an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

This is such a fun book that I wish had been around when I was younger, as I don't recall reading a lot of exciting children's historical fiction. You can tell Alisha Sevigny put a lot of time and effort into researching Ancient Egyptian practices for her story to feel authentic.

+ female heroine who takes control of her own destiny/story
+ sibling story

- minor grammatical/typing errors
- some of the
Hannah Michaels
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh wow! I really liked this! A fun, quick middle grade to indulge in! Since it was a middle grade, I kind of wished there was more adversity throughout. I feel like Sesha had obstacles to overcome but there could have been more. I’d also have liked a little more in depth pieces of mystery and more to unravel, but overall this book was SUPER enjoyable and nearly impossible to put down. The writing was descriptive and snappy. Excited for the next one!

**I received a free ebook in exchange for my
Tammy Bramley
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I took a chance on this book because I was intrigued by the cover. While I wasn’t gripped by it, it was a very fun adventure with lots of history in it!!! I think children’s historical fiction is so great because an author can combine information that is both real and made up (and blur the lines)and kids are learning throughout their read without even realizing it! A definite mystery, the story houses relatable characters, the exotic element of Egypt and their beliefs, and intrigue as to where ...more
Natasha Brown
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Scroll of the Lost Physician by Alisha Sevigny is a book that will most certainly send readers on a voyage back in time to Ancient Egypt. The detail descriptions, were rich and will draw in young readers; especially those who enjoy reading tales and adventures that deal with tombs, treasure, and traitors. The obstacles that Sesha had to overcome could have had a bit more depth to it, however, I find this book enjoyable overall. It is a fast read, so if there are young readers who are just ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It has the feel of a young adult book, simple to read and is purely adventure. Loved the cover art. The characters are quite well done, well developed and have life to them. The author has done some background on life in Ancient Egypt and it comes across well. I would read others in the series and do recommend it.
Patty Holmes
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alisha Sevigny is proving to be an excellent writer of young adult fiction with 2 contemporary novels and this one that takes place in ancient Egypt. She continues to demonstrate strong characters and interesting story lines. Lucky to have her as a relative!. I only wish Alisha would apply her skills to writing adult fiction!
Engel Dreizehn
ARC Copy...Although I feel/debatable the science vs "magic" debate during that time period would different in feel and context (seen as woven together would probably be more accurate) however the funeral practices depicted are accurate for the time period.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come!
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I feel like I stepped back in time for an adventure in ancient Egypt.
Full of suspense up to the last page, I can't wait for the next book.
Dundurn Press
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Alisha Sevigny holds a degree in Professional Writing and Sociology from the University of Victoria, is a film school graduate, former literary agent and hot yoga lover.

A shameless romantic, Alisha and her husband have travelled the world together. On a trip to Panama she fell in love with the country, culture, and their national emblem, the Golden Frog and was inspired to write her first Young

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