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The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

 Title: The Red Pyramid

 Author: Rick Riordan

 Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

 ISBN -13: 978-1423113454

 Genre: Fantasy Fiction

 Age: 10 and up

 Awards: A #1 New York Times bestseller ; A School Library Journal Best Book of 2010 ; Winner: Children’s Choice Book Awards 2011: Best Book, Grades 5-6

Themes / Subjects: Fantasy, adventure, Egyptian Mythology, family life, siblings

Plot Summary:

Carter Kane, 14, and Sadie Kane, 12, have grown up practically as strangers since their mother’s death six years earlier. While Sadie has grown up with her grandparents in London, Carter has travelled the world with their father, Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. On Christmas Eve, the family is reunited in London and headed to the British Museum for an experiment to “set things right.” Things, however, go terribly wrong and five Egyptian gods are released, including Set who entombed Dr. Kane and causes the children to flee for their lives.

Now the siblings must embark on a journey to master their hidden powers as descendents of magicians who can host Egyptian gods, learn to work and understand one another and save mankind from Set’s destructive red pyramid.

My take:

After reading the Percy Jackson series by Riordan, this book was very hard for me to get into even with my love for Egyptian mythology. I expected it to have as much action and adventure as the Percy Jackson series and instead felt like there was a lot of down-time/explanations which made the story seem to drag on. Riordan does an excellent job incorporating Egyptian mythology and providing readers with additional information and a means of keeping track of all the gods in the back of the book.

The best  part of the book was the way the character’s personalities and relationship developed throughout the book. The book is told from both Sadie and Carter’s perspective, alternating chapters and as though it were an audio recording allowing readers inside the thoughts of both the main characters. I was especially impressed with the impact race/ethnicity played and how it impacted the characters. Although they are siblings, Sadie and Carter are not only practically strangers but physically look nothing alike. Sadie is caucasian with an English accent who likes to wear combat boots and a streak of color in her hair. Carter on the other hand is African-American and always dressed presentable in slacks and a button down shirt. Immediately I felt sorry for Carter because of the two he always seems to get the raw end of the deal and is overshadowed by his little sister.

Rating: 3/5 stars because it was not as adventurous as some of Riordan’s other reads but still an interesting insight to how Egyptian gods might spend their time and the hilarity of sibling rivalry.

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