Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets
Kids, ages 9 to 12, get ready to meet your new heroes in the exciting first book of the Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries series!
World-famous Egyptologist Dr. Winston Thornsley died suddenly two months ago in disgrace. His widow, Ida Thornsley, remains convinced her husband was falsely accused of stealing an ancient burial urn he discovered in Egypt last summer, but local and federal law enforcement officers are stumped.
Mrs. Thornsley, desperate for answers, calls in her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the Botanic Hill Detectives--twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, Moki Kalani, and Rani Kumar. Their exciting mission? To find the urn and its real thief, bring the criminal to justice, and exonerate Dr. Thornsley so his spotless reputation can be restored.
A roomful of venomous snakes, the poisoned Egyptian pond, and Dragon Pit Man are just a few of the tests awaiting the four tech-savvy teenagers. As the detectives begin to unravel the sinister plot, the mystery takes a dangerous turn. Answers are at their fingertips--if they can only convince their parents to let them solve the case.
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"The four protagonists are distinctly drawn. . . .The Egyptology element is intriguing and informative, with plenty of detail for Egypt enthusiasts. . . . Overall, Joseph has written a fine first volume with plenty of good backstory and clear series potential. A well-developed mystery in which young detectives have fun while saving the day." --Kirkus Reviews
"This story makes you feel like you are there. I love how it is written." --Liam, 5th grader from Macungie, Pennsylvania
"I rarely write reviews, but . . . as a child psychologist, I appreciate child literary characters who are both relatable and good role models. . . . I like that the kids are polite and do school work and chores. . . . the Botanic Hill neighborhood was a nice haven for kids' imaginations. . . . I like the way adults and kids interact. . . . " --N. Christine
"Sherrill Joseph has created characters so lovable and interesting that readers can't help but feel like they are personal friends. . . . the lessons they learn extend far beyond an Egyptian artifact. This is a story of friendship and determination that will keep kids glued until the end." --Sam Ashkenas, Author of The Sammy Dragon Series
"Once you enter the world of the Botanic Hill detectives, you'll be engaged, enlightened, and entranced. Readers will hungrily turn pages until the mystery is solved and be fascinated by the Egyptian history the author clevery weaves into this captivating story." --R.D.Kardon, Author of Flygirl
"Step aside Nancy Drew. There's a new crime solving squad in town! LOVED this book! Solid and endearing characters. A great, wholesome mystery with ancient Egypt overtones. A page turning fun read for all ages. As many twists and turns as an Egyptian cobra! Looking forward to the next Botanic Hill installment." --Sharon L.
"This was a fun and easy midde grade read. The four kids who make up the Botanic Hill Detectives are a very diverse group. So you not only learn about Egyptian Mythology in this story; you learn about the other cultures of these kids. . . . kids will learn and not even realize that they are learning." --Mary
". . . In this new series four best friends love solving mystereies together and learn a little about Egyptian history and reptiles. . . . fun facts kids will learn are: Hawaii has no snakes. Van Gogh had synesthesia. Egyptians had a cobra goddess named Wadjet. Komodo dragons have venom sacs in their mouth. At the end is a Hawaiian dictionary." --CM