The Pharaoh's Secret by Marissa MossThe Pharaoh's Secret by Marissa Moss

The Pharaoh's Secret

byMarissa Moss

Hardcover | October 1, 2009

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Filled with intrigue and surprises, The Pharaoh’s Secret includes Marissa Moss’s original illustrations throughout. The novel skillfully weaves history with a personal story full of heartache and family tensions that will entice and enthrall readers.
When Talibah and her younger brother, Adom, accompany their father, an academic, to his homeland of modern Egypt on his research assignment, they become involved in a mystery surrounding an ancient, lost pharaoh—a rare queen ruler. Someone has tried to wipe her from the record, to make it appear as if she never existed! She needs Talibah to help her and her high priest, Senenmut, reclaim their rightful place in history. Exotic locales, mysterious strangers, and a sinister archaeologist round out an adventure that is full of riddles, old tales, and, most surprisingly of all, a link to Talibah’s and Adom’s mother, who died mysteriously.

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Marissa Moss has written and illustrated many books for children, including the popular Amelia's Notebook series. She lives in Berkeley, California. Visit her Web site at
Title:The Pharaoh's SecretFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810983788

ISBN - 13:9780810983786

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Structure When I first read the title, “The Pharaoh’s secret”, I was instantly attracted to the book. I was attracted to the book for three major reasons. The first reason was that the title sounded mysterious and I wanted to know what happened in the book. The second reason was that I instantly knew that the book was about ancient Egypt. The last reason was that the book sounded like a mystery book and I really like mystery books. So then I started reading the book. When I started reading the book, the first chapter was confusing. It was confusing because lots of weird things happened. For, example, when the old lady gave Talibah the small rock with a carving on it. Soon, the book started making more sense because all the pieces started to fit together. My favourite part of the story was when Talibah and her brother Adom escaped from the snake in Hapuseneb’s tomb. I also liked the part where they buried Senenmut’s ring at his tomb and his soul was at peace. This book was really fun to read. One of the things that I liked about this book was that it had lots of twists and turns. I will rate the book five stars because the plot and structure for this story was really good. I also liked this book because it was about one of the biggest mysteries in ancient Egypt. I recommend this book to those who like to read about mysteries, history or Ancient Egypt.
Date published: 2014-02-18