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The Eye of Ra

(The Eye of Ra #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Exploring a mysterious cave in the mountains behind their house, John and his sister Sarah are shocked to discover they've 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 abound—cobras, scorpions, a tomb robber, and
ebook, 278 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Crescent Vista Press
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Look at that beautiful cover! It foreshadows an amazing adventure for two kids, overlooking a different world than that of their own under the eye of RA. Braze yourself for this time travel odyssey into Egypt, during the time the pyramids were being built, in this upgraded version of the classic 'Magic Treehouse' novel for young readers.

John and Sarah Tidwell will have to move soon to another state, something they are not exactly looking forward too. Leaving behind their friends and school and
Shaye Miller
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 surrou ...more
Kadi P
This book was featured in the Middle Grade Madness Writer’s Showcase!
*Thank you to the author who provided me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review*

This was the very definition of a slow-burn story. It wasn’t a fast-paced adventure like I expected it to be... but that actually kind of worked for the story. I wished the stakes were a little higher and the danger was a little more life-threatening but there were some action scenes that hit right. If anything this book reall
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm also a book blogger: Vee_Bookish
(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 s
S. Kaeth
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 di
Elaina Battista-Parsons
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 v ...more
Kathy Dalton
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Similar to a Magic Tree house adventure
Tony Calder
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A very enjoyable tale for middle grade readers, targeted at ages 9-14. There is magic, but only in the symbol that allows time travel between modern day and Ancient Egypt - otherwise this is a straight adventure story. The characters are engaging and younger readers should relate well to them.
Joel  Marx
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a very cool book. It's a book of two kids who have an adventure in Egypt.
I liked the book a lot.
Meaghan Hurn
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 edu
Erin Varley
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author for providing a copy to #bookexpedition to review.

Readers will follow brother and sister John and Sarah who accidentally travel back to ancient Egypt. Luckily, they happen upon a boy their age who can introduce them to life along the Nile. Readers learn about ancient Egypt alongside the siblings in an authentic way.

What a fun historical adventure ride! Kids will love this book. Shorter chapters, larger font, and relatable characters. A definite buy for any 3rd-7th grade
Jason Henderson
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"John's cheeks flared to red-hot. 'How do we get home, Sarah?' 'Don’t know.' She leaned her head back. 'But we’ll figure it out. We always do.'"
The Eye of Ra is a delightfully quick and smart magical tour of ancient Egypt, giving middle grade readers an educational survey from the perspective of a modern kid without ever feeling like a lecture. I loved the way this book got its information across. Thank you to the author for letting me have a look!
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mythologies
The first thing that drew me into this book was the cover - it is stunning! It gives you a great sense of the adventure that's about to unfold. Then I learned that it was a portal fantasy about Ancient Egypt and it jumped to the top of my TBR.

The story is about siblings (Sarah and John) who, while exploring a cave near their home in Colorado, mysteriously get transported to Ancient Egypt during the building of the Pyramid of Djoser. What follows is a series of adventures where the children make
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
John Tidewell has mixed emotions about the school year drawing to a close; while he is happy to have a break, he is not looking forward to his family’s impending move from Colorado to Maryland. His sister Sarah, however, is always looking for adventure and is excited about what the future holds. On a farewell family hike in their mountainous backyard, Sarah stumbles upon a secret that flings the two siblings across space and time to ancient Egypt, where they befriend the son of Imhotep, who is c ...more
Payal Doshi
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Eye of Ra was such a thrilling book to read! In this historical fiction fantasy, John and his older sister Sarah accidentally time travel to Ancient Egypt when the Pyramid of Djoser is being built and what ensues is a wonderful and exciting adventure to find their way back home. The friendships in this book are a delight to read, namely between Zach, Rich, and Ella. I love how Gartner explored the sibling relationship between John and Sarah - it was sweet, authentic, and wonderfully relatabl ...more
I admit that my first draw for this book was the Colorado connection - I used to live in Colorado and I miss it.
That confession aside, I really enjoyed this book! It delivers exactly what it advertises - a fun, magical, historical, time-traveling adventure that is the next step for kids who have loved the Magic Treehouse series. It has quite a bit more detail than MTH, and requires a higher level of thinking without being abstract. This is good - abstract is hard for some concrete little element
Barbara Ann
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is the first in a series of fast-moving time-travel adventures for middle-grade readers.

Sarah and Jack are in the midst of preparing to move from Colorado to Maryland. While on a hiking adventure, they discover a cave. Sarah cannot contain her curiosity and she entices her brother to follow her.

They enter a portal that leads them to ancient Egypt where the siblings meet Zach, the son of an architect who is building the pyramids. The threesome will encounter crocodiles, cobras and assor
Kimberly Newman
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great adventure

Though this book is written for a younger age group, I enjoyed it. It was a nice break from my usual fare, and I never had the feeling something truly terrible would happen at any moment. It is an interesting time-travel method and includes facts about ancient Egypt--one of my favorite history topics. I liked how the subject of kids having their lives uprooted is addressed and put in perspective in both ancient Egypt and modern day Colorado.
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is a classically-fun adventure with extra depth in several ways. The emotional backdrop of the main characters' upcoming move creates realistic character growth as it interweaves with the time-travel story. Also, Gartner delves into the trickier aspects of time-travel world-building, which is sometimes glossed over in this genre. Several of the plot choices (I'd say which, but no spoilers!) take this storyline further as well. Definitely a kid-pleaser, and with the depth aspects that m ...more
Fleur Bradley
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Time travel, Egypt--this is my kind of book! I was looking for a fun middle-grade adventure, and The Eye of Ra was a home-run.

Perfect for kids who have moved on from the Magic Treehouse series, this book offers strong, rich characters and lots of adventure. The details about Egypt were just right for the age group.

A great book to gift to the adventurous kid in your life, or a perfect family or school read-aloud. Highly recommend.
Judy Ferrell
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A walk through time. A hike in the Colorado mountains ends with an adventure that is totally unexpected for two youngsters. Ben Gartner brings history to life in a totally unexpected way. I found myself lost along the Nile. I think many will enjoy this walk back in time.
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Eye of Ra was a fun, middle-grade read and one I'd recommend for kids and adults who enjoy MG lit. I'm a sucker for an ancient Egypt story, and The Eye of Ra didn't disappoint. It has magical portals, historic references, and several likable characters. If you're looking for an adventure read for kids steeped in ancient Egyptian history and flavor, grab a copy of The Eye of Ra. ...more
This is an excellent book! I am in sixth grade and this book captures my history subject. I am not really a fan of reading, but this book captivated my attention! The author did an amazing job, I highly recommend it!
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-9-14
Fun story for beginning middle grade readers that captures the imagination and keeps the pages turning—all while bringing the world of ancient Egypt alive. An enjoyable trip traveling through space and time that leaves the door open for more adventures.
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun fast paced time travel book, that teaches the reader a lot about Ancient Egypt. When Sarah and John accidentally discover a portal to Ancient Egypt while hiking near their Colorado home they end up on the adventure of a lifetime. Eye of Ra is Perfect for fans of Magic Treehouse books who are ready for a new challenge.
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
The type of book I would have loved to read as a kid!
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Eye of Ra was a fast paced adventure story perfect for kids that have graduated from books like Magic Tree House, and are on the way to reading books like Percy Jackson. The time travel element makes it easy to compare this story to Magic Tree House, but this is clearly for an older reader. Sarah and her younger brother John accidentally discover a way to travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. Relating to the power of the god Ra, they also are surprised to discover that they are able to commu ...more
Jamison Hill
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing novel. The Eye of Ra is an exciting story with excellent character development and a strong narrative arc. A well-paced adventure novel that will keep middle grade readers turning the pages.
Fiona Ingram
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 doesn’t want to go. His sister Sarah, on the other hand, is happy to say goodbye to sixth grade and embrace their new life whi ...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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