Grid Review: The Crystal Skulls in the Hidden Chamber by Linda A. Cadose
Reviewer’s summary: Dr. Cliff Post, an American archaeologist, is invited by his life-long friend, Dr. Khalid Saad, an Egyptian archaeologist, to join him on an expedition down below the Great Sphinx. Khalid has discovered a hidden chamber in the right paw of the Great Sphinx, and Cliff eagerly agrees to join in on the historical expedition.
Before the expedition can get started, Khalid must convince the Council on Egyptian Antiquities that cutting into the Great Sphinx will not permanently damage this ancient wonder of the world. Their other challenge is dealing with Dr. Hosnee Sadat, an Egyptian archaeologist who wants to convince the Council that he and his team should be allowed to open the hidden chamber and all Westerners should be excluded from having anything to do with the project.
Before and after the hidden chamber is opened, and an ancient super computer is discovered, Drs. Post and Saad have to contend with being spied on, followed and even kidnapped!
The discovery of thirteen crystal skulls in the hidden chamber sets off a chain of events that no one is ready for, and Drs. Post and Saad have to contend with being spied on, followed and even kidnapped!
The Crystal Skulls in the Hidden Chamber has a great deal of factually-historical information rolled into a fictionally-based mystery adventure. Seventh through ninth graders will enjoy reading this book for all the information about ancient, Egyptian culture and to find out what happens to Drs. Post, Saad and Sadat.
Overall Impression: I highly recommend this book for seventh through ninth graders in particular and for anyone else in general interested in learning a great deal about ancient Egyptian culture. Although the exploits of the main characters, Drs. Cliff Post and Abdul Saad, are fictional, all the information about ancient Egyptian culture is factual and interwoven into this tale to keep you interested in the fictional and the factual content. It is a quick, engaging read, but don’t take the fact that it’s a quick read to mean that it isn’t substantial.