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. Volume XXII Number 2. . . .September 11, 2015
Terry's three rules are great Ė if she could stick to them. They don't work very well when your name is Neferteri, your father is a famous Egyptologist, your first period history teacher is an ancient Egypt freak, and the school basketball hero is assigned to work with you on a Cleopatra project worth half the year's grade. Well, the last doesn't sound too bad, but Zach is the 'property' of the school queen who is prepared to make Terry's life even more miserable than the death of her mother a year previously in the same accident that left Terry with a permanently disabled knee had already done. So far, this sounds like your typical teen aged angst story but it is much more than that. There is the mystery of the sarcophagus reputed to contain the mummified remains of Cleopatra, herself, which has been lent to a rather obscure museum in the rather obscure town of Jefferson, the publicity for which is hopefully going to rescue the museum, and the town, from its/their financial crises. And there is the unspecified curse that will descend from on high if the sarcophogus is forced open rather than being opened with the as yet undiscovered key. The whole thing is an amazing mix of reality, mystery, and fantasy but it works! Terry is a totally believable character, and likable as well; the prom queen is all too recognizable; the basketball hero has unexpected weaknesses and talents; and the really peculiar girl, a fellow outcast turns out to be an unexpectedly good friend. Asp of Ascension is a really gripping tale that will keep readers on the edge of their chairs right to the end.
Mary Thomas lives in Winnipeg, MB, and works from time to time in schools there. If Jefferson High is typical, she's glad that she mostly works at the elementary levels!
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