By Houghton Mifflin

Reviewed for Fourth Grade, 2008

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris

Is she like Nancy Drew? A pint-sized version of Indiana Jones? A female Harry Potter? When the first book in this series hit the shelves earlier this year, critics couldn't decide. But they did agree on one thing...they loved her! This winter, Theodosia is back, and she's just as clever as ever. Her parents, who run London's Museum of Legends and Antiquities, have asked her to organize the museum's basement, which is full of strange objects and ancient artifacts from her mother's archeology digs. When mummies go missing all over London and her dad gets brought in as the prime suspect, it's up to Theo to save the day... and rescue all of Britain from a secret conspiracy that threaten to take the country down. Set in England in the early 1900s, the book is swimming with cool Egyptology facts, interesting vocabulary, and atmospheric details. And it's got a great female heroine to boot! A nice choice for advanced readers who fancy a little adventure. (Houghton Mifflin, 16.00);