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Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

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A book by R. L. LaFevers

Grade 4–8—A combination of Nancy Drew and Indiana Jones, Theo Throckmorton is in big trouble. The 11-year-old lives in London in 1906 and spends most of her time in an antiquities museum headed by her father and filled with objects from her … see full wiki

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Author: R. L. LaFevers
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Sandpiper
1 review about Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

Intriguing and exciting story about a plucky young girl with a keen sense for ancient dangers

  • Jul 13, 2009
Rating:
+3
Theodosia Throckmorton (Theo to everyone she knows) has the most important job in the museum run by her parents. She's the one who keeps the ancient Egyptian curses that surround the relics from creating havoc. Her only problem is that no one believes her and no one listens to her, and if she tried to explain just how important her job was, her parents would think she was crazy. Or worse: they would send her to boarding school.

When her mother brings home the mother of cursed objects and the future of England is at stake, well, she'll have to break a few rules to set things straight. Luckily, she convinces her pesty brother and her newfound friend, Sticky Will the pickpocket, to help out. She'll need all the help she can get against a whole host of enemies.

Theo is plucky and precocious, she's courageous and determined, and has a fierce need to prove herself to the grownups who tend to ignore her. She studies hard, but ignores subjects she can't see a use for. She's like an ideal mix of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger - and, while comparisons to THAT series are way overused in this genre of fiction, I think this would be an excellent place to turn for the smart young reader who's looking to start fresh with a new and exciting series.

The book, narrated in first person by Theo herself, has a strong sense of place and time. It is London, prior to World War I, when a young woman like Theodosia who knows her mind and does what she chooses would have a particularly hard time of it. My 9-year old daughter loved it, and I had a lot of fun reading it with her. It's got ancient magic, intrigue and mystery, combined with a subtle but distinctive touch of humor. I know we'll keep reading this series, and we can't wait to read what happens next.

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