Bulldog Library

The Red Pyramid

on February 3, 2013

YA F Riordan    •    AR Reading Level: 4.5    •    AR Points: 18.0    •   Quiz #137173

Jacket.aspxCarter Kane and his father, a noted Egyptologist, travel the world studying rare Egyptian artifacts.  Carter’s sister Sadie lives with her grandparents in London.  On their annual visit London, Sadie and Carter’s father has arranged a private viewing of the Rossetta Stone at the British Museum.  While in the museum, Sadie and Carter witness their father holding a staff and an ivory stick, bathed in an odd light, right before the Rossetta Stone explodes killing their father and destroying the Egyptian wing of the British Museum.

After the explosion, Carter and Sadie are taken to New York by their uncle, Amos, where they learn that Egyptian gods are real and that their father was an Egyptian magician.  Now Carter and Sadie must go on a quest to save the world from the evil that their father released in the British museum.

In The Red Pyramid, Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, introduces readers to Egyptian myth with a well paced and exciting story readers won’t want to put down.  This book is presented as transcript of a recording made by Carter and Sadie Kane.  The chapters use a repetitive pattern of two chapters narrated by Carter and two chapters narrated by Sadie.  This provides interesting shifts in the narrators’ point of view and allows readers a fuller understanding of all sides of the story.  This is the first in the Kane ChroniclesIt is a highly enjoyable adventure, and is especially recommended to readers who are interested in mythology or have previously enjoyed the Percy Jackson series.

Genre: Myth/Fables/Folklore  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Riordan, R. (2010). Red Pyramid. New York : Disney/Hyperion Books.


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