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Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris (Theodosia Throckmorton #2)

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Allowed to attend a reception given by one of the directors of her parents' museum, she unexpectedly stumbles across Mr. Tetley of the British Museum – In most unusual circumstances! Since Theodosia 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.

But Theodosia has little opportunity to
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Published April 12th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2007)
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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!
Dec 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Greeny Onie
ternyata demikian..
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
Patti's Book Nook
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Tommy Hancock
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Titis Wardhana
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
this one is better...

dimulai dengan pesta atasan ayah Theo yang ingin memamerkan temuannya yaitu sebuah mumi, dan ternyata setelah dibuka bukan mumi kuno, di sini agak2 sadis sih buat anak2 menurut gw. Setelah itu banyak kejadian aneh mengikuti Theo, apalagi setelah dia menemukan tongkat Osiris di basement di mana Theo diberi tugas oleh ayahnya untuk mendata barang2 di situ, belum lagi tiba2 patung anubis yang ada di situ jadi hidup...

lebih seruu dibanding buku 1, meski Henry gak ada, tapi kemun
Dec 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
quit reading it because it wasn't interesting
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
Linus U.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book, with a fantasy/detective feel.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
really boring
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good story, I liked the jackel coming to life, you never knew when it was going to show up
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kids
Theodosia just cracks me up with her logic and her unique way of doing things in saving the world.
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Theodosia Throckmorton, the 11 year-old daughter of the head curator of the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, is at it again in this fun, action-filled second installment. Theodosia is once again faced with squaring off with the Serpents of Chaos, a secret society bent on spreading chaos throughout the world. This time around, the Serpents of Chaos are focused on the Staff of Osiris, a mythological artifact that is said to have the power to cause instant death, as well as the ability to raise t ...more
An Odd1
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Smooth polished gray surfaces - ball faces, oval bodies, neatly wrapped mummies - have no emotion, no tension, no fear, no horror -- no magic. Theo 12 may ease Mother's worries, rescue Father Alistair from jail for mummyies all over London that gather to their Museum of Legends and Antiquities. Sent to catalogue basement archives, Theo still causes trouble, sets golden orb in Osiris staff, animates the stone guardian jackal. Gran's beau Admiral Sopcoate is obviously bad, his steamship Dreadnough ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Candace Cunard for

Theodosia Throckmorton, precocious daughter of a London museum curator and a top archaeologist, is back again in this sequel to THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS. In that previous volume, eleven-year-old Theo used her knowledge of Egyptian curses to keep her parents safe from the dangerous artifacts that they handle on a daily basis, but in doing so, she ran afoul of a secret organization known as the Serpents of Chaos, whose goal, as their name i
Nancy Butts
Book 2 in the Theodosia Throckmorton series, and I think it’s better than the first. This time the pace is breakneck from the very first chapter; the plot stakes escalate nicely for both Theo and her parents and grandmother [her brother Henry is absent from this outing]; and we learn even more fascinating details about Egyptian magic and life in the museum.

The author does dip into the same bag of plot tricks, however. She introduced us to two secret societies in the first book; there is a third
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a 4.5 stars rating. I love Theodosia's story, and I am definitely looking forward to more of her journey.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second Theodosia Throckmorton book continues in the same vein as the first, and since I enjoyed the first I certainly enjoyed this one as well. I would reiterate that this is a good book to recommend to any budding Egyptologists out there, as a kid I was (and have always remained) obsessed with Ancient Egypt, and would have loved this series just for the opportunity to immerse myself in more of it. I noticed a couple little jokes here and there that probably existed in the f
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine, fiction-elem-mg
Theodosia (Theo) Throckmorton is not your average eleven year-old girl. Her parents are prominent archaeologists at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in pre-WWI England, and she spends most of her time helping on expeditions and working in the museum. Grandmother Throckmorton disapproves of this upbringing and is determined to find a suitable governess. Oh, did I mention that Theo is constantly having to protect those around her from ancient Egyptian curses as well as preserving England and ...more
My 7th grader wanted me to read this series mostly for this particular book, the 2nd in the series, and something to talk about. After having read it, though, I don't see anything that would be overly-troubling to talk about. (But then again, the 7th grader didn't say it was troubling but was just wanting to talk.)

I found the first book, "Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos," spooky. But this second book, "Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris," almost read like a funny Scooby Doo adventure, with Th
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-book
In Theodosia and the staff of Osiris, the second book of the series, Theodosia's father is having daily visits from the police because mummies from all the London museums keep showing up in the lobby of his museum (He's the head curator.)! As she tries to figure out what is causing the nightly mummy migration she just knows the Serpents of Chaos must be connected to it. How is she going to investigate, fix the problem to clear her father, find out what the Serpents of Chaos are up to and stop th ...more
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R.L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she’s in really big trouble) grew up surrounded by shelves of old dusty books and a passel of brothers. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren’t there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction. She is the author of over fourteen books for young readers, including THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS ...more
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