The Eye of Ra

Ben Gartner (Author)


Exploring a mysterious cave in the mountains behind their house, John and his sister Sarah are shocked to discover they've time traveled to ancient Egypt!

Now they must work together to find a way back home from an ancient civilization of golden desert sand and a towering new pyramid, without parents to save them. The adventures abound-cobras, scorpions, a tomb robber, and more! The two kids have to trust each other, make friends who can help, and survive the challenges thrown at them . . . or be stuck in ancient Egypt forever.

For readers graduating from the Magic Tree House series and ready for intense action, dive into this middle grade novel rich with meticulous historical detail.

==> Gold Recipient, Mom's Choice Awards

==> Award-winning Finalist, Next Generation Book Awards

Product Details

$11.99  $11.03
Crescent Vista Press
Publish Date
February 01, 2020
5.0 X 0.63 X 7.99 inches | 0.67 pounds

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About the Author

Ben Gartner is the author of adventure books for middle graders and thrillers for adults. His writing for both audiences shares an ability to grab readers by their neurons for a thrilling ride, maybe even teaching them something in the meantime. Ben can be found living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys. Learn more at


"This book was awesome! ...the book captivated me in a story of two siblings, trying to handle and save one world and, at the same time, get back to another." --10-year-old book blogger Emmie from "Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them", rating 4.5 of 5


"Every night I was so excited to go back to the book because I wanted to read more...I really hope there are more books in the series." --11-year-old son of Goodreads reviewer SK, rated 4 of 5


"I LOVE this! A fun adventure story . . . exciting . . . hilarious . . . The plot pacing was great, especially for a middle grades novel. I work with 3rd-5th graders, and I think this book would do an excellent job of holding their attention. Such a great ending!" --Megan S.


"Skillfully written, clever, suspenseful, flowed effortlessly, had a hard time putting it down." --Jim C.


"This is exactly the type of adventure story that kids go for, the setting is fantastic. It is obvious that you are experienced in writing adventure tales. And you manage to hit the beats, the plot all keeps rolling along at a good clip and you don't get tied down or let anything slow the forward momentum." --Fay C.


"Well done . . . great atmosphere packed into this book . . . Fits right in with what good middle grade is all about. The pacing was fast, which is a great way of captivating the reader and I liked the ending a lot." --Bethany V.


"Interesting and exciting. You really captured the essence of a middle grade story. It had over the top action and suspense that really capture the imagination of someone this age. You did a great job taking our main characters, especially John, and changing him for the better over the course of the story. I thought this was an incredibly fun story and one I would've absolutely devoured as a kid." --Juliette T.


"The characters are authentic, you pass on their struggles and emotions well. " --Klaudia K.


"Excellent. You've hooked me. Excellent build-up of tension and suspense. The plot is captivating. I love how everything feels high stakes from start to finish (as in, I felt something matters and I felt endeared to your characters)." --Stu M.


"The Eye of Ra is an easy and enjoyable read. I enjoyed learning about Ancient Egypt in a way that never felt forced or didactic. I also enjoyed all the close encounters with the scary inhabitants. You have some great moments of conflict and drama in your story. I enjoyed your use of evocative description." --Amanda S.


"This book would be a top choice for the students in my class. They'd eat up the adventure! Your tense scenes are so well-written. I didn't see the twist in the plot coming. What a great surprise!" --Elaina B.