Monday, 13 February 2017

New MG Mystery: The Eyes of Pharaoh by Chris Eboch

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Ancient Egypt Speaks to Kids Today
Spellbound River Press is pleased to release The Eyes of Pharaoh by Chris Eboch. This mystery in 1177 BC Egypt, for ages nine and up, introduces young readers to an ancient world. The Eyes of Pharaoh will be available at all book retailers on February 24.
The Eyes of Pharaoh is ideal for use in elementary and middle school classrooms or by homeschooling students studying ancient Egypt. Spellbound River Press is providing extensive Lesson Plans with material aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Teacher Suzanne Borchers says, “I teach a gifted class of fourth and fifth graders. Using this historical fiction is a window into Ancient Egypt—its people, culture, and beliefs. My class enjoyed doing research on Egyptian gods and goddesses, and hieroglyphs. Projects extended their knowledge of this fascinating time and place. I also highly recommend it for its fast-paced plot, interesting and ‘real’ characters, and excellent writing.”
Chris Eboch is the author of over 40 books for young people, including The Well of Sacrifice, a historical drama set in ninth-century Mayan Guatemala, which is used in many schools. Kirkus Reviews said, “The novel shines not only for a faithful recreation of an unfamiliar, ancient world, but also for the introduction of a brave, likable and determined heroine.”
The Eyes of Pharaoh is sure to reach readers in the same way. The dangers and intrigues of the time echo in the politics of today, while the power of friendship will touch hearts both young and old. “This story shows how today’s kinds of conflicts play out in another time and place,” says SC Poe of Route 19 Writers. “Seshta must compete with sly fellow students who seem fresh out of Dance Moms; Horus’s brilliant toy designs are claimed by his boss; every foreign face looks dangerous.”
Ms. Eboch’s other titles include The Genie’s Gift, a middle eastern fantasy; the Haunted series, about kids who travel with a ghost hunter TV show; the fictionalized biographies Jesse Owens: Young Record Breaker and Milton Hershey: Young Chocolatier; and many nonfiction titles.