A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
Book 1 named one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year by the L.A. Public Library
“Like a preteen Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, Alex and Ren make a compelling duo… excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A thrilling adventure rich in Egyptian mythology and magic… Sure to be a blockbuster.”—Booklist
“Pure adventure from start to finish.”—School Library Connection
“Nonstop action, great horror descriptions, and good camaraderie provide a perfect background for the adventures of this dynamic duo.”—VOYA Magazine
TombQuest is a new five-book, multi-platform series from Scholastic—and I wrote all five! Multi-platform means there is an awesome online game to go with the books, where readers can build and explore Egyptian tombs filled with glittering treasures and treacherous traps. There are also moderated online forums and just general awesomeness. Book 1: Book of the Dead hit the New York Times bestseller list as soon as it was released and was named one of the best children’s books of the year by the Los Angeles Public Library. The adventure continues with Book 2: Amulet Keepers, Book 3: Valley of Kings, and Book 4: The Stone Warriors, and wraps up with an epic final showdown in Book 5: The Final Kingdom! (Scholastic has an excellent roundup of all five books here.)
And here’s a look at the amazing cover of Book 1. That’s the main character, Alex Sennefer (and his magical scarab amulet), running into the museum to regulate.
This was a different sort of project for me: my first series, and a return to the sort of magical, mysterious stories that drew my reluctant, dyslexic, unfortunately dressed, and badly haircut kid-self to reading in the first place.
Here is the official, publisher-approved description:
From the team that brought you The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals comes a brand new epic Egyptian adventure!
Nothing can save Alex Sennefer’s life. That’s what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it’s not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients—the Death Walkers—are also brought back to life.
An ancient evil has been unleashed. Mummies are awakening. New York is overrun with scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to find his mom and save the world . . . even if that means going head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.
TOTAL. GLOBAL. DOMINATION.
I traveled around the world to research this series, and I am excited that the world seems to want in on the undead action. Foreign rights have already sold in Germany, France, Spain, Catalonia, Turkey, and Iran(!). Here is an up-close look at the bloody brilliant UK cover of Book 2. I get the impression they are excited about the game…
Anyway, that’s the list so far. I will update this page as more countries join the Quest!