Winner Of The 2018 Millennium Book Award
HENRY: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America
by Karina Shawver
“Did Ancient Egyptians visit Australia?”
13 year old TC has a secret. No one knows she possesses a supernatural power.
Can TC help her Uncle Max, an archaeologist; unearth enough evidence that Ancient Egyptians visited Australia, before he’s discredited in the media by those that want the past to stay buried?
“Some would say that I have a gift, but to me it’s always been a curse. Before I changed my mind, I tugged off my gloves and whipped my head left and right, checking to see that no one was watching. I sucked in breath and steadied my nerves then thrust my hands against the stones and touched one of the cartouches. Time and place ripped away.”
An enchanting, multi layered novel, Hieroglyph is the new YA Fantasy release from Wendy Scott and it’s sure to grab your attention as she weaves her words with a magical touch, instilling each page with a compelling sense of adventure. Yes, time travel is a popular theme in fantasy, but quite often it’s made overly complex and it’s refreshing to see Scott abandon staid genre tropes in favour of something more original which rises above the run of the mill teen offering. Clearly, she’s invested much by way of research to bring past and present together and whilst she sometimes stretches credibility to the limit, the result is a coherent and intriguing narrative which quickly raggers the imagination. There’s timely exposition which brings the mysteries of ancient Egypt to life whilst her young protagonist TC is confidently developed as a lead character and certainly strong enough to carry a gripping series. These alone are reasons to turn the pages, but what ultimately prevails is an innate sense of familiarity as Scott plays to our innate need for answers.
An entertaining and highly satisfying read, if Hieroglyph is your first novel from Scott, prepare to be hooked. Definitely deserving of a place on your bookshelf, it is highly recommended.
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