This first book in the HORACE j. EDWARDS and the TIME KEEPERS series came out last year. I’m featuring it today in anticipation of my review next week on Marvelous Middle Grade Monday of Book Two: THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST PROPHECY.

The epic time adventure begins with the required element in 75% of MG books: a scene with a bully. Horace is the new boy in Niles, Michigan and he’ll soon discover the bully is the least of his problems (although the bully returns later in the book in a fantastic twist of fate).

Horace is a typical eleven-year-old who doesn’t come to know his family’s past until a stone allows him to portal back in time. He arrives in ancient Egypt and soon befriends a young King Tut. The stone also allows him to use the portal to go back and forth from the present to the past. He gets his present world friends involved in the mystery.

There is adventure and action at every turn and the chapters fly by in a hurry. The male character will appeal to both boys and girls in the 8-13 year old age group. You have to love that cover. too.

Here’s the whole scoop from the publisher, Sleeping Bear Press:

Eleven-year-old Horace j. Edwards is an ordinary boy whose family has just moved to Niles, Michigan. But on the first day of sixth grade, mysterious things start to happen. His grandfather dies and Horace receives a strange gift–a stone scarab beetle. As he works to uncover the secrets surrounding his grandfather’s death and the beetle, Horace is transported back in time to the ancient Egyptian city of Amarna. He meets the future pharaoh, young King Tut, and together the two boys become engaged in a fight to save the city from total destruction and Egypt itself from Tut’s evil uncle Smenk. In the process, Horace discovers that he is the heir to an order of guardians, known as the Keepers of Time. The Secret of the Scarab Beetle is the first book in the middle-grade fantasy series Horace j. Edwards and the Time Keepers.


Look for my review here next week of Book Two in the Time Keeper Series right here at the new temporary home for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday.

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  1. That cover should draw in a lot of young readers. It’s terrific. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for telling me about it.

  2. That is a great cover. And after reading your review, I find it very appealing. I know both genders would like the book, but I see boys really drawn to the story. I loved the Hardy Boys as a kid.

  3. Denise V. says:

    I read this with my son and loved it. Didn’t know there was a new one. Looking forward to your review.

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