Thursday, November 8, 2012
Book Review - Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies
What happens when Indiana Jones meets Nancy Drew? You get Samantha Sutton, twelve year-old archeology buff with sharp wit and an insatiably curious personality. SAMANTHA SUTTON AND THE LABYRINTH OF LIES is the incredible page-turner about a young girl from California who is given the chance to follow her archeologist uncle to the excavation of an ancient Peruvian temple.
What she doesn’t expect, though, is the legend haunting this ancient site. When important artifacts begin to disappear overnight, Samantha must navigate the disapproving eye of her uncle’s acerbic assistant, the bungling boyishness of her annoying big brother, and the ever-present stories swirling among the locals of the hysterical spirit that wanders through the town late at night. Using her keen sensibility and her knack for mapping the unknown passageways of Chavín de Huántar, Samantha uncovers a mystery far bigger than she could have ever imagined. . This is a novel for children (and adults!) who love history, mystery, and heart-stopping plot-twists.
About the Author
Jordan Jacobs’ love of mummies, castles, and Indiana Jones led to his first archaeological excavation at age 13 in California’s Sierra Nevada. He followed his passion at Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge and through his work for the Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History, and UNESCO. His love of travel has taken him to almost fifty countries, and his work at Chavín de Huántar inspired his first novel, SAMANTHA SUTTON AND THE LABYRINTH OF LIES. He now works as senior specialist at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.
My Take on the Book
If you are interested in adventure or mystery this is the book for you. My eldest daughter, Diva-J loves Nancy Drew and has been reading the Nancy Drew books in order and has moved quite along in the series. Now and that she has gotten to where she is at she is looking for other books that are similar in nature and this definitely fit the bill. While this book had a bit more archaeology as well as adventure mixed in than some of the Nancy Drew books it was nonetheless such a fun book to read and experience with my daughter.the book is a little bit longer than some books that I child of this age who agreed, but it was well worth the time and effort it took to get through the book. Even sharing in the reading we were able to finish this book in a little less than a week because it is such an engaging read and draws the reader in to every page and every action that occurs. I highly recommend this book to all and know that you will find that it is a great book for all ages.
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