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Exploring a mysterious cave in the mountains behind their house, John and his sister Sarah are shocked to discover theyve time traveled to ancient Egypt!

Now they must work together to find a way back home from an ancient civilization of golden desert sand and a towering new pyramid, without parents to save them. The adventures aboundcobras, scorpions, a tomb robber, and
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Paperback, 278 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Crescent Vista Press
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Shaye Miller
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Heads-up, middle grade readers! Here's a new historical fiction full of action, adventure, family, and friendships! John and his sister, Sarah, are devastated to discover their family will soon be moving from their beloved home in Colorado to a new city in Maryland. Before the big move, they're out hiking the land near their home when they come across an interesting symbol inside a cave. After rubbing their fingers over the lines in the symbol, there's a bright flash and they are suddenly ...more
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(ARC provided by the author, my opinions are unbiased)

This was a fun read for younger readers, I've always loved Ancient Egypt and time travel and this combines the two, transporting siblings John and Sarah across time to Zach's family, who's in charge of building new pyramids. They learn the ways the Egyptians lived, and introduce Zach and friends to their own world.

I had a couple of issues with this book that did affect my enjoyment - the first half of the
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Elaina
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy. I immediately sunk into the world of the characters, hearing their individual voices and dispositions. Ben wrote a book that feels like a mature and better-researched Magic Treehouse. It is more sophisticated than that series--complete with intricate detail and an authenticity that makes reading it very satisfying. If I were still in the third and fourth grade classroom, we would've read this together and I know my students would have been ...more
S. Kaeth
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ARC of this book from the author, to give my honest and unbiased review.


There's a lot here to love, especially for readers of the Magic Treehouse series. I really enjoyed the thought and the research that went into this, from the garments to the locale to the use of an ancient recipe and its incorporation into the story. For me, there was quite a bit of what I would think of as "over writing" but that's something I think is common and maybe even necessary in MG books, and it
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Meaghan Hurn
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Eye of Ra was immediately engaging and engulfing. We loved it so much that I ordered a copy for my son when I finished reading the ARC version!

The Eye of Ra is the first in the series and these chapter books are intended for children who have graduated from the Magic Tree Adventure Books.

The main characters must rely on their new friends to have them battle scorpions, snakes, tomb robbers, and, most importantly, help them find the time-traveling portal located in the pyramid. Besides the
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Stacy Alfano
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Eye of Ra is the first book in a series by Ben Gartner. Any fans of The Magic Tree House series will love this more mature, educational MG novel.
In The Eye of Ra, a brother and sister, John and Sarah Tidwell, magically travel to Ancient Egypt after discovering a time-traveling portal in a cave located in their backyard. The kids meet characters along the way who help them find a time-traveling portal located in the pyramid. This book is full of adventure, educational information, and even a
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Fiona Ingram
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
The Eye of Ra by Ben Gartner is a middle grade adventure fantasy featuring time travel, action, suspense, intrigue, and lots of Egyptology for young explorers. John and Sarah Tidewell are about to embark upon a new life adventure, a move from Colorado to Maryland because their dad has a job transfer. John is despondent at the thought of leaving his best friend behind. He doesnt want to go. His sister Sarah, on the other hand, is happy to say goodbye to sixth grade and embrace their new life ...more
Wendy
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an ancient history addict, time-travel fiction fan, and author of Middle Grade books myself, The Eye of Ra appealed to me on every level. Young readers are sure to enjoy this thrilling adventure. Who wouldnt love to be able to step back in time and explore life in Ancient Egypt at first hand? This fast-paced adventure takes brother and sister John and Sarah on an unplanned rollercoaster journey into the past, from a cave in modern-day Colorado to the distant land of desert sands and pyramids. ...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Eye of Ra by Ben Gartner is a captivating tale about two siblings who find a cave that has a portal to Ancient Egypt.
Finding a way to Ancient Egypt, helping to build a pyramid, and someone beheading statues? Will John and Sarah figure it out?
John and Sarah
John and Sarah are the main characters in this adventure. He is the youngest sibling at ten years old
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Sherrill Joseph
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kids, get ready to walk like an ancient Egyptian--in Egypt! That's just what you'll do when you read Ben Gartner's exciting book, The Eye of Ra.

John and Sarah Tidewell discover a portal to the past in the mountains behind their home in Colorado (or "Call-oh-raw-doe," as the Egyptian boy Zack calls it). Once the brother and sister get accustomed to being in Egypt--as much as they can, being 4,000 years out of sync with their real lives--they make new friends with Zack, whose father is Imhotep,
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James Gray
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing middle grade book that adults can actually find cute and enjoyable.

The Egyptology is overall accurate and engaging.
Sandra Lopez
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The end of 4th grade and the beginning of summer. Normally, John would be excited, except that he was moving away in a week. How could he move to a place where he didnt know anyone?

On the other hand, Sarah, Bens older sister, couldnt wait to move as it would be exciting and adventurous.

During a family hike, Sarah and Ben stumble upon an old cave. Sarah wanted to explore it, but Ben didnt think it was a good idea. Inside, they found a wall with markingssome strange Egyptian hieroglyphics. The
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Kate Waggoner
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Thank you to @bgartnerwriting for sharing an advance copy of The Eye of Ra with the #kidlitexchange network. This book will be published February 1, 2020. All opinions are my own.

While on a hike with their parents in the mountains of Colorado, siblings Sarah and John come across a mysterious cave. Inside they find hieroglyphs and when Sarah traces the image, the two are transported back in time...all the way to Ancient Egpyt. There they make friends with Zack whose father is
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Hayley Chow
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an adorable MG story about two kids that discover a portal to ancient Egypt. The details in book about their Egyptian adventures are absolutely fabulous, and both MCs are interesting and easy to relate to. I did think the plot was a little slow at times for an MG, but overall the plot flows very well.

All told: a solid, well-written MG adventure that I would totally recommend for ages 8-12, that I will specifically recommend to my 10-year-old niece, and that any kid even remotely
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Ninu Nair
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am very fond of time-travel books so 'The Eye of Ra' was a delight for me. The book is aimed at pre-teens so the protagonists - Sarah and John unknowingly hit upon the secret of a time travel portal on their trek. This lands them in ancient Egypt when the pyramid construction was underway. They stay at the village where workers for the construction are living and try to figure out a way to return home. This book has all the fun elements in place to keep the pre-teens engaged, the language is ...more
TNE Book Critic
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Eye of Ra is the first book in a series of fun, educational chapter books by Ben Gartner. These chapter books are intended for children who have graduated from the Magic Tree Adventure Books.
In The Eye of Ra, a brother and sister, John and Sarah Tidwell, magically travel to Ancient Egypt after discovering a time-traveling portal in a cave located in their backyard. To get home, John and Sarah must find the time-traveling portal that will allow them to return home. Believing the portal is
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Lucy-May
I read this story in one sitting (& late into the night) & completely fell in love with Ben Gartners writing. I loved the strong female characters in the story, especially because the sisters often took charge of their brothers! The plot was your typical time travel MG adventure but felt unique & fresh, with the chosen era & twist at the end. I also really appreciated the good family bonds in the story, as a lot of MG (& YA) stories either dont include parents at all or make ...more
Sarah Coleman
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this down! It was so entertaining every step of the way and I read it all the way through the night. I really enjoyed the characters and am crossing my fingers that there is more soon.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Adam Perry
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, action-packed read, with a healthy dose of historical facts. Kids will be hooked on this one!
bjneary
Thank you to Ben Gartner for the advance reader copy, The Eye of Ra, in exchange for an honest review. Kids will dive right into the adventures of siblings, John and Sarah, as an afternoon exploration of a cave finds them time travelling to Ancient Egypt. What a shock and surprise when John and Sarah find themselves standing in sand and meeting a young boy, Zach. As they become friends with Zach and his friends, they live with Zachs family and help with chores, cooking, and building the pyramid. ...more
Sam Subity
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Eye of Ra is perfect for fans of the Magic Tree House series (so, like, everyone) with its time-hopping story of adventure that will have kids gasping at the cobra and crocodile attacks and laughing at the banter between the brother and sister lead characters. As a parent, I loved both that my kids learned a good deal about ancient Egypt while reading and that it doesn't have any objectionable content. And it has a fun twist at the end that leaves the "door" open (you'll know what I mean ...more
M.T. DeSantis
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Middle-grade fantasy, especially involving superheroes, fairy tales, or mythology, is very much my jam, so when I saw this title, I knew it was going on my to-read list. Though Egypt is one of the mythologies Ive seen written about most often, the variation never fails to amaze me. Gartners take is no exception, and I was
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mr & Mrs cardwell
Best book ever

Coolio good fantastic great best book ever
5 star 🌟and really good funny great 😛😜😝😋
The best book I've read in a long time
Page
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a history buff, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It had lots of action that one might expect to experience in Ancient Egypt, including cobras, scorpions, crocodiles and a scary plot twist. The two main characters were well-developed and approachable. I love that the author made the older sister the brave one, as opposed to the younger brother. Initially, I was a bit thrown off by the slangy conversational dialogue between the time travelers and the Egyptians, but it does make for easier ...more
Kassie
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. Here is my honest review:

I like the idea for the story. I thought it would be similar to Rick Riordan's Kane series, which I love. I can tell the author did his "homework." It's well researched. The brother and sister relationship is similar to Brandon Mull's Fabel Haven books. But I lost interest pretty quickly, mostly because 1) the theme felt forced, 2) the thief storyline was dropped when I was more interested in it than eating
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