Theodosia and the Serpent of Chaos
It's 1906 in London. Theodosia spends most of her time at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities where both of her parents work. Much of the collection is from Egypt, and 11-year-old Theo seems to be the only one who can see the curses swarming on the objects that her mother sends back from her dig. At first, Theo has to concentrate on the curses, and on keeping away from the disturbing curator Fagenbush, but she soon becomes involved with a secret society that is trying to save Britain from one of the artifacts her mother brought back.
This book is not breaking any new ground. It's a straight-up, plot-driven adventure story. However, if you're in the market for a plucky heroine foiling bad guys, you wouldn't go wrong reading this book.
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers, takes place in 1906, London. 11 year old Theodosia spends all of her days in an old and dark museum that her father runs and her mother supplies with all sorts of interesting archeological artifacts. For most children, this atmosphere would become dreary and boring, but for Theodosia, there is always work to do. With special abilities no one in her family is privy to, Theodosia can feel out curses that have been placed on artifacts and dissolve them, saving the museum and her family from a lot of trouble. Unfortunately, Theodosia's mother brings back an object from Egypt that is cursed with such darkness it threatens to cripple the entire country of Britain. Theodosia, working with a crew of very interesting characters, must defeat the curse, before it's too late.
This book was fantastic. Really, I know I overuse that word at times, but really, it was fantastic. The character of Theodosia had such witty and sarcastic sense of humor, I found myself laughing out loud in spots (and being reminded of my boss who is the human version of Theodosia). This book is definitely a page turner, though not one inappropriate for younger children. Reading this to a six-year-old will not give them nightmares, though 8-12 year-olds will probably be the most interested. I loved the book and recommend it to all of you (and your children).