Gustavo has been going to the museum in Rio de Janeiro since he could remember. He’s a history buff. As a volunteer at the museum, he knows everything about the objects on display, helping to care for the artefacts other civilisations left behind. Gustavo wishes he can go back in time and see the objects being used by real ancient people!
Busy in volunteer mode, he notices a compass shimmering out of the corner of his eye. He knows what that means – a new mission for the Secret Explorers! And it’s in Egypt, right near the River Nile! Gustavo and Kiki – an engineering expert – are chosen to save the Cairo Museum from closing down.
Gustavo and Kiki travel back in time to ancient Egypt and are soon drawn into a tense, thrilling adventure that involves breaking into pyramids, learning ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and stopping thieves from robbing all the treasure from the Pharaoh’s tomb.
With real-life facts about Pharaoh Khufu and his treasures, and ancient Egyptian religion, this adventure is perfect for young readers aged 7+. Informative diagrams tell kids all they need to know about important elements of the story – such as how mummification works – while keeping kids engaged. Ellie O’Shea’s distinct illustrations clearly show the characters’ appearances and pivotal scenes in the story so the facts can be more fully cemented and visualised in young readers’ minds.
The Secret Explorers and the Tomb Robbers is the third instalment in SJ King’s educational fiction series. This book shows how the pairing of Gustavo and Kiki’s skills in history and engineering are fundamental to complete this mission – integrating two subjects not normally connected. As with Roshni from the second instalment, readers can access Gustavo’s mission notes, facts about the Pyramid of Giza, a quiz, and a glossary of key terms – perfect for the classroom!