I was asked to join a blog tour for Egypt: The Uprising, Battle for Ma’at by Amira Aly. When I learned the book was about ancient Egypt and was an adventure series, I was hooked. My going-int0-6th grader and I are huge Rick Riordan fans and love his Percy Jackson series and his Kane Chronicles series (The Red Pyramid, and The Throne of Fire). What is fascinating about Battle for Ma’at author Amira Aly is that she lives and writes in Egypt. An insider, so to speak. And her book does have nuances of Egyptian mythology that make Riordan’s Kane Chronicles seem like it just skims the surface. But I don’t mind. I love both these series. I would say that Aly’s series reads as slightly older — middle school and up, while Riordan’s books are wonderful in that they span a huge age range from 3rd grade through 8th grade. Let’s get started with the Top 10 Similarities!
Top 100: Children’s Novels from School Library Journal, grades 3-8th, for 2010. Great classics that have stood the test of time plus newly released Newbery award winners.