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The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

(The Chronicles of the Stone #1)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A thrilling adventure for two young boys, whose fun trip to Egypt turns into a dangerously exciting quest to uncover an ancient and mysterious secret. A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by iUniverse
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Dawn Michelle
I am giving this book 2 stars for all the Egyptian history that you learn in this book [though you can learn just as much watching The Mummy movies or reading a far superior book series by Rick Riordan called The Kane Chronicles] and that is all. This book took me forever to finish and I love history, especially ancient Egyptian history.

At no time did I ever believe that 2 young boys would have been allowed to run around Egypt the way Adam and Justin do in this book [and I grew up with a lot
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book 6 stars instead of 5, I wouldnt because what Id really like to do is award it 10! I absolutely loved it. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that its one of the best childrens books Ive ever read and Im sure there couldnt be a single young reader out there who wont be as gripped by this enthralling tale as I was. The story was so good that I just didnt want it to end and I made myself read the book as slowly as possible, resisting with difficulty the urge to devour it ...more
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow! That was an action-packed story! I loved how Ms. Ingram just dove right into the story. From the time that Adam is given the scarab to the time that Adam and Justin return home, there is non-stop action. Through Ms.
Jemima Pett
Adam and Justin manage to get leave from school to go with their aunt to Egypt provided they tell their classes about the history theyve learned and explored when they get back, of course. Their aunt is on the trail of a missing archaeologist, who may have discovered the tomb of the Scarab King, a monarch even older than the 1st Pharaonic Dynasty. However on the surface of it, they are on a standard tourist trip starting in Cairo, and going up and back down the Nile.

Its exciting enough as a
Julie Grasso
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam and Justin accompany their Aunt Isabel,( a very cool world traveling journalist), along with their Gran on a once in a life time holiday to Egypt. Both boys long for an adventure, but neither could imagine a chance meeting with a disheveled old street peddler, would send them on ride so wild that not even the kids in their class back home would believe their tale.

When Adam discovers a dirty scarab and a random piece of paper in the bottom of his pants pockets, he starts to question
Amy Eye
Egypt - full of fantasy, adventure, secrets, curses, and treasure. This intriguing land is one that I have always wanted to experience for myself, so anytime a fun new book comes out surrounding the mysteries of this extraordinary land, the temptation to dive in is overwhelming.

The same feelings sit with the heroes of our story. Justin and Adam are two youngsters getting ready to go on a family outing with their famous Aunt Isabel. Adam and Justin cannot wait for the adventures to start, after
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab
BY: Fiona Ingram
ISBN: 978-0-595-457168
Pages: 258
Ages: Teen & Up
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

In this first chapter of the Chronicles of the Stone, Adam and his cousin Justin are invited to go on a trip to Egypt by their Aunt Isabel and their Grandmother. The boys are excited about visiting another country. Their Aunt tells them that the archaeologist, James Kinnaird, has disappeared while looking for the tomb of the Scarab
Cheryl Carpinello
Ingram's modern Egyptian adventure is a page-turner. The two young South African protagonists will capture young readers' attention and their ensuing adventure will fuel dreams of treasure hunts amid mysterious lands. Long has Egypt held young readers attention because of its mystic, hidden treasures, and hint of marvelous adventures. Ingram captures the nature of an real Egyptian visit and follows the boys from their arrival in Cairo along with their journey south to Abu Simbel and back to the ...more
Cathy Hall
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiona Ingram's written a very good first book in "The Secret of the Sacred Scarab." I always enjoy the kind of books with a good story where I can learn a little something something, too. Ingram delivers tons of information about ancient Egypt, from tomb raiding to mythology. It's a great read for boys, with two youngsters serving as the protagonists.
Ben Gartner
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an original story that will have you and your kids on the edge of their seat. There are moments when you'll worry that Adam and Justin couldn't possibly find their way out of the trouble that has fallen upon them, but rest assured they do! The amount of Egyptology detail is wonderful, with lots of supplemental information at the back that kids interested in ancient Egypt will devour. This story feels almost like a Young Indiana Jones chronicle, complete with villain you'll love to hate.
Robin Chambers
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This rip-roaring yarn is so utterly in the genre of Boys Own adventure stories that it took me right back to my weekly journeys to the local library more than sixty years ago on the lookout for another selection of Tarzan / Biggles / Famous Five type adventure stories to get my pre-pubescent teeth into. If it had anything to do with treasure, I was in, just like Adam and Justin. Revisiting the genre at the age of 75, one sentence towards the end resonated: No adult would ever believe what they ...more
Jessica Bronder
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam and Justin Sinclair are over joyed when their journalist Aunt Isabel invites them to explore Egypt with her. On their first day they run into a peddler that gives them an Egyptian scarab that catches the eye of Dr. Faisal Khalid. The boys sense they are in danger and do end up kidnapped at one point. But they are on an adventure to solve the riddle of the scarab and find the tomb of the Scarab King.

This is a wonderful midgrade adventure in Egypt. Both boys are excited to find the tomb and
Quinn Barrett
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wise Bear Books Reviews The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram -- 5 Paws!

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is a classic mystery adventure in the spirit of Indiana Jones, King Solomon's Mines, The Mummy and The Scorpion King except that the novel's protagonists are young tween cousins. Adam and Justin Sinclair have been yearning for an adventure since their journalist aunt, Isabel, invited them to accompany her and their Grandmother (aka Gran) on an Egyptian tour.

Upon their arrival in
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you remember the excitement and mystery of a childs view of Egypt? All the strange possibilities that waken the imagination when mummies are first introduced? The dreams of magical powers and Pharaohs treasure in ancient tombs? The pyramids curse? If you do, then youll love The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram.

A really enjoyable childrens book, the Secret of the Sacred Scarab starts with two boys in South Africa getting ready for a week-long trip to Egypt with their aunt and
Adam and Justin yearn for nothing less than a real-life adventure on their upcoming trip to Egypt. They get just what they're looking for and then some from the moment Adam is handed three scarabs from a mysterious peddler on their very first day in Cairo. As the boys try to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of a famed archaeologist and his connection to the scarabs, they learn a pyramid's worth of information about ancient Egypt. (The author has obviously done her research on ancient ...more
I want to be Adam. What an INCREDIBLE vacation to take with your Aunt and Grandma..TO EGYPT! Egypt is HONESTLY one of my bucket list destinations. I am forever fascinated with Egyptian History, legends, culture and lore. I would love to go to the Valley of the Kings just to admire it all! To see the Sphinx (although NOT in the manner Adam did) would be breathtaking. To stand at the pyramid of Giza, dream come true.

Author Fiona Ingram did a fantastic job in describing every detail of Egypt. I
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book targeted to tweens but it still held my interest. Two young cousins, Adam and Justin are very excited about their trip to Egypt with their Aunt. While it is supposed to be an educational trip the boys are looking for ADVENTURE! And adventure they find. While the boys are exploring a marketplace a strange peddler gives them several scarabs; three are quite ordinary but one is very unusual. From that point on the boys are a target of a madman who ultimately kidnaps them as part of a ...more
William Bentrim
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram

This is a tale of two boys visiting Egypt and their mysterious adventure eminently suitable for the young and even mature reader.

This is a rousting adventure story for young readers. It had nothing inappropriate. There was violence but not overblown or dwelled upon. The characters were likeable and painted clearly. Ingram did a very insightful work on the young male psychic. She clearly captures the age appropriate disregard for safety and
Cherry London
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Its the vacation of a life time, touring the ancient city of Cairo and other mystical, interesting and mesmerizing places. Adam and Justin, these cousins were on the lookout to find the famous King tuts tomb and treasure that the well known Scottish Archaeologist James Kinnard spoke about. They were taken on one of their finest adventures ever by their Aunt and Grandmother, until weird and sinister things started happening and black robed characters with guns kept appearing around the corners. ...more
Wise Louise
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam reminded me of my 11 year old son. He wants adventure, thinks he can be Indiana Jones and I bought this book with him in mind. It suited his age perfectly and seemed to be written just for him!
The illustrations were very well drawn, and my son thoroughly enjoyed it. If theres a book to get kids away from the Xbox then this is it!
Imagine my delight in realising this was the first in a series of seven books! The story revolves about two young boys on a family holiday to Egypt with their
I love a good mystery, and this is a good mystery. There are a few predictable elements, but there is still plenty of suspense. The story is loaded with lots of factual detail about prehistoric Egypt, touring Egypt, and topical issues like protecting a national treasure. Of the two boys, Adam is the more well-developed character, and he is the one kids will most likely connect with.

To read our full review, go to the Reading Tub.
Kurt Springs
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ancient Egypt has kept many secrets for millennia. Now two young cousins are coming to Egypt on holiday. This is a story of Adam and his older cousin Justin. They are on holiday with their Aunt and Grandmother when an apparent peddler in the street gives them three scarabs and slips a fourth into Adam's pocket. Now, some very dangerous men are trailing them.

This is a well written story. It is intended for young adults but adult adults will enjoy it too. I believe I've found a Christmas gift for
Toni Michelle-Editor
The adventure as these two boys set out on their quest to find the tomb of the Scarab King is amazing. I got hours of enjoyment out of this book. Definitely worth picking up!
Kirstin Pulioff
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a book comes along that you want to read over and over again... This is it. Thankfully I get the chance as my kids read this book and enjoy the adventure.
Great book!
Carol Evans
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Egypt - full of adventure, magic, danger, secrets. Ingram brings that Egypt to life. Great story for middle schoolers - exciting, exotic, fun.
Alice Gent
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic children's book of non- stop action that has certainly renewed my interest in Ancient Egypt.

'The Secret of the Sacred Scarab' follows Adam and Justin's tour holiday in Egypt with their Aunt and Gran. The first half of the book followed their explorations in Cairo, Memphis and then their cruise visiting temples and bazaars off the Nile. Having never quite done this style of holiday, I found this part fascinating, like visiting all these places and learning about their rich history
Susan Sewell
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two cousins are caught up in thrilling and perilous exploits in the mysterious land of Egypt in the exciting children's adventure novel, The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram. Twelve-year-old Adam and thirteen-year-old Justin are excited to be traveling with their Aunt Isabel and Gran during their school holiday. Aunt Isabel is a prestigious investigative journalist, and she invited them all to accompany her on a tour in Egypt. At Memphis, their first stop on the tour, a ragged peddler ...more
K.C. Finn
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab opens up the Chronicles of the Stone Series with a dynamic and fully cinematic impact that makes it un-put-down-able from beginning to end. I am a huge fan of historical fiction anyway, but as an educator and private tutor, this novel delivers on so many levels to its intended middle grade audience.

From a story perspective, author Fiona Ingram settles us in nicely with our heroic duo Justin and Adam Sinclair, whose lives are changed forever by the scarab they are
K.J. Simmill
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam and Justin could hardly wait, a trip to Egypt with their aunt was a dream come true, little did they know the danger that awaited. A missing archaeologist, a strange feeling of being followed, and a secret entrusted to them, all marks the start of a gripping adventure that will take them to places beyond their greatest dreams in an attempt to unravel the mysteries before their own lives become forfeit.

When I first picked up Fiona Ingram's The Secret of the Sacred Scarab I did not begin to
Romuald Dzemo
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful opening for a series, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab introduces readers to The Chronicles of the Stone by Fiona Ingram, a story that combines fantasy and adventure to create a thrilling experience to both young and adult readers. Meet two unlikely heroes, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair as they set out on a quest to discover the secret of the sacred scarab. racing across the deserts of Egypt, these young heroes will have to match wits with a deadly adversary who will stop at ...more
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