Book Of The Dead
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Author Michael Northrop
Illustrator Michael Heath
Published on 27th January 2015
Published by Scholastic Inc.
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N/A Amulet Keepers

This is the first book in a five-book series (TombQuest) by acclaimed author Michael Northrop.


The tombs are opening...

Nothing can save Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows that's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can pull her son back from the brink. The problem? When she uses the spells, five Death Walkers are also brought back to life.

An ancient evil has been unleashed. Long-dead mummies are awakening. New York City is overrun by menacing scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to find his mom and save the world...even if they have to go head-to-head with a Death Walker that has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.

Some tombs were meant to stay closed...


Kirkus Reviews

Scholastic launches its latest multiplatform series, this one steeped in ancient Egyptian magic.

Twelve-year-old Alex Sennefer is blessed with a mother who would risk everything for him, a best friend, Ren (short for Renata), who accepts him just as he is, and an insatiable hunger for anything having to do with ancient Egypt. It’s a good thing that his second home is the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his Egyptologist mother is preparing to open a groundbreaking new exhibition. If only his body would hang on long enough for him to see it. A lifetime of illness catches up with him, and he is pronounced dead by his doctors—but then Alex is suddenly pulled from the brink and awakens to discover he is not only alive, but also healthier than ever. Unfortunately, Alex isn’t the only one being given a second chance at life. Almost immediately, he and Ren find themselves in a battle of ancient Egyptian proportions and embroiled in a quest to find his mysteriously missing mother and save the world. Like a preteen Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, Alex and Ren make a compelling duo, and Northrop balances pathos and action effectively to engage readers.

Funny and smart, Alex and Ren are excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride.


  • The amulet on the cover belonged to Alex's mom, and now belongs to him.

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