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++Sold out++ The Secret of the Sacred Scarab
Title : ++Sold out++ The Secret of the Sacred Scarab
Author : Fiona Ingram
Publisher : iUniverse
Country : South Africa
Language : English
ISBN/ISSN : 978-0595457168
Published year : 2008
Number of pages : 272
Book subject : children
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Name of Presenter: Fiona Ingram (Author)
Presentation Data English:
A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin
Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realize they are in terrible danger. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They survive terrifying dangers in a hostile environment, pursued by enemies in their quest to solve the secret of the sacred scarab. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out. They must also learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive … only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!

An exciting mixture of adventure, history, geography and archaeology, my book has been well received in the USA and has won several awards, including Nautilus Book Awards, Moonbeam Book Awards, Children’s Literary Classics Awards. The book (the first in a series) has also been optioned as a film by a British movie company which opens up exciting international possibilities for other countries.
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Fiona Ingram's earliest story-telling talents came to the fore when, from the age of ten, she entertained her three younger brothers and their friends with serialised tales of children undertaking dangerous and exciting exploits, which they survived through courage and ingenuity. Haunted houses, vampires, and skeletons leaping out of coffins were hot favourites in the cast of characters.

Although Fiona Ingram has been a journalist for the last fifteen years, writing a children's book--The Secret of the Sacred Scarab--was an unexpected step, inspired by a recent trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for her 2 nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied her on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into a children's book, the first in the adventure series Chronicles of the Stone. The author is already immersed in the next book in the series--The Search for the Stone of Excalibur--a huge treat for young King Arthur fans. Although Fiona Ingram does not have children of her own, she has an adopted teenage foster child, from an underprivileged background who is just discovering the joys of reading for pleasure.

Naturally, Fiona is a voracious reader and has been from early childhood. Her interests include literature, art, theatre, collecting antiques, animals, music, and films. She loves travel and has been fortunate to have lived in Europe (while studying) and America (for work). She has travelled widely and fulfilled many of her travel goals.

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab was nominated a Finalist in the Juvenile Fiction category of the USA 2009 Next Generation Indie Awards and in the Children's Fiction category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards. It was a Winner in the Preteen category of the Readers' Favorite 2009 Book Awards and voted #2 in the Children's & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favorite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens and Teens. The book is also a Silver Medal winner in the 2010 Nautilus Book Awards; a Finalist in the Children’s Fiction 2010 International Book Awards; a Winner Bronze Medal in Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards;a Finalist in the 2011 Rubery Book Awards; a Winner Gold Award in the Mystery Pre-Teen 2011 Children’s Literary Classics Awards and won 2nd Place in the 2011 YA Sharpwrit Book Awards