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At any time and in any place, when there is a mystery to be solved, a ten-year-old boy will want to have a hand in it. So it was with Kaffe, an Egyptian boy of long ago. With his friend Sari, a slave-girl, Kaffe had many adventures—the harvest feast, the fight of the bulls, the flood. Then came the mystery of the pyramid’s missing jewels and a dark night when Kaffe, his faAt any time and in any place, when there is a mystery to be solved, a ten-year-old boy will want to have a hand in it. So it was with Kaffe, an Egyptian boy of long ago. With his friend Sari, a slave-girl, Kaffe had many adventures—the harvest feast, the fight of the bulls, the flood. Then came the mystery of the pyramid’s missing jewels and a dark night when Kaffe, his father, and Sari set out to catch the thief....

Title : Boy of the Pyramids: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt
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ISBN : 9781258067984
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 150 Pages
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Boy of the Pyramids: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt Reviews

  • Kacie
    2019-04-27 20:39

    My 7-year-old gave this 5/5. We read it as part of our study of ancient Egypt. He enjoyed the mystery of it. Well-told and a good read-aloud. Will read it again when my girls are older (my 5-year-old listened for some and enjoyed, but was off playing on her own for other parts so she didn't get the whole story)

  • Teresa
    2019-05-16 16:42

    I knew this was a children's book, but the target audience was younger than I expected. It's a nice little story and older kids can pick up a few tidbits of Ancient Egyptian history in the reading, but it's better read aloud to younger kids ( ages 5 - 10) and the olders just reading it themselves.

  • Cee
    2019-04-21 16:44

    A great living book. It gives another view of ancient Egypt, this time from an Egyptian noble family. After enjoying the stories of Moses and Joseph repeatedly, my older girl is interested in this story. We are still reading the story together, as a read-aloud, but I already went ahead and finished it.

  • Angela
    2019-05-13 23:57

    I wasn't going to read this book. I was simply going to let my daughter read it for her history lessons. However, after reading a paragraph for her dictation, I became interested. This was a shorter book and I was able to read it in just a few hours, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Aimee
    2019-05-15 16:40

    I read this in third or fourth grade, enjoyed it and then mostly forgot about it. Then lo and behold, I discovered it again. Originally published in 1950, it was reissued in 2007. And it has held up wonderfully.Oserkaf, called Kaffe, is a ten-year-old boy who lives in ancient Egypt, in the time of the great Pharaoh Khufu. Kaffe's father, Socharis, is a great nobleman, a personal friend of Khufu's from childhood and now in charge of the making of the fine objects Khufu will be putting in the great tomb he is building for himself. Kaffe is a child of much privilege, but he already has responsibilities, and as the story begins he is looking forward to a trip to the city of Memphis with his father. Kaffe is proud that he has fourteen copper rings to spend as he wishes; these are the earnings from the two wheatfields his father gave him.The first stop in Memphis is the slave market where Socharis wants a new field hand and a woman to work for Kaffe's mother. Kaffe dislikes the slave market, especially the sight of slaves being separated from their families, so when a shifty character named Anhotep leads them to a family of "Sand People" (Socharis explains that they come from Sinai, unlike the more common Nubian slaves) and announces he plans to buy the daughter to be trained as a dancing girl, Kaffe makes up his mind that this family will not be separated. Socharis plans to buy the parents, but is hesitant to anger Anhotep by bidding against him for the child, but Kaffe insists on using his own money to preserve the family.Anhotep is furious but is clearly unable to pay very much, and Kaffe succeeds in purchasing the little girl for thirteen of his precious copper rings. With the extra one, he buys her a doll.And so begins Kaffe and Sari's adventures. Sari quickly learns the language, and she and Kaffe, though master and slave, become fast friends. Kaffe is an only child and Sari is a welcome playmate, and the children enjoy playing ball, exploring, and learning about each other's homelands.At harvest time, Socharis hosts a lavish party, and as a gesture of goodwill, invites Anhotep to attend. Anhotep accepts and brings his fine new bull to fight Socharis's famous bull, Red Boy. Socharis is surprised that Anhotep, who couldn't go beyond thirteen copper rings for a slave girl, can afford a fine bull like the one he has just bought. The fight (meant only to be a shoving match) quickly gets out of hand when Red Boy is unexpectedly injured, and the party breaks up. Sari's father Ben proves to have a gift for caring for animals, and is able to calm Red Boy down and treat the injury, which was caused by the other bull's sharp horn. And it's Ben who finds the wooden ball that had fallen off the bull's horn, and Ben who points out to Socharis the fact that the ball had been previously cracked, raising the possibility of sabotage on the part of Anhotep.Kaffe and Sari are intrigued, but soon they have more exciting things to think about. Fascinated by Sari's descriptions of the Sand People's nomadic, herding lifestyle, so different from his own, Kaffe suggests that they pretend they are herding cattle to a new oasis, and Sari readily agrees. The children pack a lunch and set off across the valley toward the cliffs that mark the edge of the desert, which seem quite near. They have so much fun imagining and pretending that it's late in the day when they realize the cliffs are much farther away than they seem, and decide to turn back toward home.Unbeknownst to them, the annual Nile flood, which the Egyptians depended on to fill their irrigation ditches, has begun, and soon Kaffe and Sari find themselves stranded and unable to cross the last deep ditch that will lead them onto the high road. Things look pretty grim, until suddenly they see a litter being carried toward them. In the litter is Anhotep, who is as surprised to see the children as they are to see him, but has his tallest slave cross the rapidly filling ditch and bring the kids across, and gives them a lift home. The kids sit on a large chest at the foot of the litter, and Anhotep seems in a hurry, leaving the kids at the gate to their villa without coming in to speak with their parents.Soon after this, Socharis must make a trip to Memphis to visit the Pharaoh and check on the progress of his own tomb. He takes Kaffe and Sari with him, and the children are awed by Khufu's magnificent pyramid and the work of the slaves completing it. They are just as impressed with Socharis's tomb, especially the beautiful paintings that are being applied to the inner walls, depicting all manner of scenes from everyday life and the stories of the gods and goddesses.Next stop is a lapidary where Socharis is having some jewelry made for his wife, and while he is choosing the stones to set in them, Kaffe and Sari look around the shop. Sari accidentally knocks over a basket of stones, and as she gathers them up, she finds an unusual green malachite carved with a hawk's head. The stone is chipped on one side, and when Socharis sees the stone, he immediately recognizes the stone, and hurries to Khufu's palace. Sure enough, Khufu confirms that the stone came from a ring owned by and entombed with his own father Sneferu, and there is only one conclusion to be drawn: Sneferu's tomb has been robbed!Khufu assigns Socharis to investigate, and Socharis agrees and plans to travel to the tomb at night. Kaffe and Sari are sent to bed, but they want very much to go along to the tomb, perhaps encounter the robbers and see a fight. So they slip out and hide under the cushions in the litter and thus stow away to Sneferu's tomb. Unluckily, a feather from a cushion causes Kaffe to sneeze, and Socharis is highly displeased to find them hiding in his litter, but he cannot send them back to the palace at this late stage. He promises them that they will be punished first thing in the morning, and he warns them that they are to behave themselves and stay with the litter carriers and guards while he inspects the tomb.So it is that Socharis carries a torch into the tomb and disappears, and after a long wait, the kids spot his torchlight, returning along the tunnel. As it draws nearer, however, they see it is not Socharis at all, but the tomb robber, and Kaffe, acting on instinct, headbutts the man and knocks him to the ground, just before a wounded Socharis makes his way out of the tomb. He just has time to recognize the tomb raider before the man bolts and flees.And so Kaffe's and Sari's disobedience is absolved, and Khufu is delighted that his father's tomb is safe. The raider has escaped but as Socharis explains, he will have to leave the country and never come back, for robbing from the dead is an unforgivable offense for which a man will be put to death. Khufu rewards Kaffe, his parents and Sari with valuable gifts, and announces that it is time for kaffe to begin his education at the palace, with the Pharaoh's own children. Kaffe is excited and honored, but wonders about what will happen to Sari, and his mother assures him that she will educate Sari at home and teach her the things a girl should know how to do. This is also a rare honor bestowed upon a slave, and both children are delighted.The book is rich in descriptions of everyday life in ancient Egypt, from farming to festivities and the bustling life of the city of Memphis, and the characters are vivid and well-drawn. At first glance, it seems a bit simplistic, but as an adult you see the complexity of some of the relationships portrayed. Khufu and Socharis grew up together as friends, and they remain so, even though Khufu holds the power of life and death over Socharis and everyone else in Egypt. Sari is Kaffe's slave, but Kaffe cares for her almost like a sister, and she returns his affection.A wonderful story of friendship, intrigue and adventure, all playing out in one of the most highly developed and vibrant of ancient cultures.

  • Julia
    2019-04-27 20:47

    We read this for history. It was a good book that brought out the different classes in Egyptian society and also the different agricultural seasons and the work involved in planting and harvesting crops around the Nile. It was also a nice mystery too. My boys enjoyed the story and remembered a lot of thee details afterwards.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-23 00:51

    I appreciate what they are trying to do but it was too dry for me.

  • Arline Erven
    2019-04-28 19:05

    It was good for a book that gives lots of info about ancient Egypt without feelings like you're learning anything. However, in the end the pharaoh gives the boy anything he wants, and he doesn't choose to free his slave (also his best friend!). That bothered me.

  • Laura
    2019-04-19 22:38

    This is a story of a young egyptian noble during the time of Pharoah rule. A story that allows children to connect to this time and become attached with characters instead of dry facts. It totally enriched our study on ancient Egypt.

  • Debbie
    2019-04-30 19:02

    I really shouldn't rate this, but Isaiah's read it about 6 times this year. My goal is to read it this summer before Aaron gets to it!

  • Texas
    2019-05-08 20:51

    Enjoyed this book to compliment Ancient Egypt studies.