Hieroglyph by WJ Scott
Gold Medal Winner 9-12 year – The Wishing Shelf Book Awards UK 2015
Another wonderful novel by WJ Scott. Who would have thought Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs could be found in the Australian desert?
This young adult book is full of mystery and magic. The research done by the author must have been very in depth, but the facts are woven into the story with amazing skill so that they just become part of the tale.
I love the way TC is able to jump back in time to watch the makers of the hieroglyphs and see how the writing came to be made. Max, her archaeologist uncle tries to fend off a trouble making journalist who wants to make a name for himself by showing everyone the writing is a hoax. Will TC and Max succeed in defeating the journalist?
Definitely a book I enjoyed reading, plus I hope it’s the beginning of a series as there are a lot of unanswered questions regarding TC. The main one being – what does TC stand for?
“Did Ancient Egyptians visit Australia?”
13 year old TC has a secret. No one knows she possesses a supernatural power.
Can TC help her Uncle Max, an archaeologist; unearth enough evidence that Ancient Egyptians visited Australia, before he’s discredited in the media by those that want the past to stay buried?
“Some would say that I have a gift, but to me it’s always been a curse. Before I changed my mind, I tugged off my gloves and whipped my head left and right, checking to see that no one was watching. I sucked in breath and steadied my nerves then thrust my hands against the stones and touched one of the cartouches. Time and place ripped away.”
An enthralling archaeological mystery, mixing the supernatural with humour and suspense.
The first of TC’s adventures – an archaeological mystery for junior readers and above. Family friendly.
Light shone in Setka’s eyes as he stared out to sea. He swept his hand toward the horizon. “First Adviser, when I accepted this mission I knew there would be perils, but also wonders beyond imagining. Look. We are witnessing something magical.”
Hundreds of grey forms frothed the water, tails and fins gliding through the troughs. Plumes of water were expelled high into the air from blowholes. Then, as graceful as temple dancers, the creatures dived beneath the waves. Their second boat, Windsong, bobbed like a cork behind them and, though many passed nearby, none of the creatures collided with either hull.
One specimen surfaced between the two boats, close enough that if Setka had stretched out his sceptre, he could have touched it with the golden falcon head. A huge eye appraised him for several heartbeats and Setka held his breath before, with hardly a ripple, the creature descended into the depths.
A haunting sound filtered over the slap of the waves. Lord Weserkaf cocked his ear and whispered, “What spell do they weave?”
Prince Setka smiled. “I believe they’re singing to each other under the waves.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Scott has a New Zealand Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch.
Wendy writes fantasy and children’s novels.
One of the creeds she lives by is to always – Live a life less ordinary!
Please visit www.wendyjscott.com to learn more, read Wendy’s blog or to leave her a message. She loves hearing from readers.
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