Children of the Lamp #1: The Akhenaten Adventure

by P. B. Kerr

Hardcover, 2004



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Fic Ker





Orchard Books (2004), 355 pages


When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers.

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355 p.; 9.42 inches

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LibraryThing member wyvernfriend
This could have been an entertaining book if the author didn't use characterisation that relied on casual racism to differentiate between characters. The twin's uncle renames people because it's too hard to pronounce names, one of the Djinn learned english through Irish TV and talks in Irish
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sayings, not in Irish style grammar; the french woman is dismissed that she will believe she drank too much wine for breakfast, all of this overshadowed the story for me and made it less enjoyable.

The core story was quite interesting, two children who are the children of Djinn come into their powers when their wisdom teeth come in and are sent to their uncle, Nimrod, in London to learn more about their heritage and get involved in adventures with the more evil djinns.

I won't be reading more in this series, the lazy characterisations pulled me out of the story and made it a harder read than it should have been.
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LibraryThing member selkie_girl
A rather good read, though characters and situations are predictable. It gives one a feel of a Harry Potterish type novel but with out the care and depth of characters. Overall, just a fun adventure story.
LibraryThing member Childrenslit
The author of [The Akhenaten Adventure] started writing the series so he could interest his children in reading. The main characters are a set of twelve year old twins John and Philippa. At a tender age of these two children have to get their wisdom teeth pulled. Strage things start happening right
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before the surgy that will lead to a great adventure.
Critical Review: The story is a simple one full of mystery and adventure. Children will be pulled in and enjoy the story and the series. My only misgiving about this book is the questionable history of Egypt.
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LibraryThing member YogiABB
It is about two kids, John and Philippa, who find out when they have their wisdom teeth pulled that they are genies (djinn in the book). They learn how to grant wishes, and spend time in bottles, and all sorts of other mystical powers.

They soon find themselves in Egypt dealing with the balance of
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power between good and evil in the world and the evil ghost of Akhenaten. I don't want to spoil it but their is plenty of adventure in here for kids and it is written well enough to keep Dad interested.

This book is excellent for reading aloud. The voice cues are appropriate. One of my pet peeves is dialogue that reads "Lets get out of the cave, go down the road, and cross the bridge", he whispered. So that you find out you are supposed to whisper the line when you get through reading it. Drives me crazy. This book lets you know up front how to read such lines. I just believe that when you are reading to a kid you have to sell it. The more over the top the reader is, the more our son likes it.

I recomend this book highly for kids who love adventure.
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LibraryThing member davidpwhelan
This story is likely to be a bit of a let down for any reader who enjoys Rowling, Pullman, or any other strong childrens' author. Kerr has some interesting story lines but the characters feel flat and the book is a bit too full of twee jokes and funny plays on names.
LibraryThing member Diwanna
Another fine "young kids with superpowers that have to save the world from an ancient evil" series of books. The twist with this book/series? There are 2 kids, twins John and Phillipa, and they are Djinn. Marids more specifically. And their new purpose in life? Maintain the balance of good and bad
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luck in the world. This book started off a little slow, but picked up in the end. I am looking forward to jumping into the rest of the series. Another bonus of this book is a Q&A with the author in the back and a historical section on Djinn and Ancient Egypt.
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LibraryThing member Cretius
Almost as good as the Harry Potters.
LibraryThing member bplteen
Review by: Franny

Tough Topic: good, evil, extraordinary
There are two twins boys name John and Philaippi, discover a djinn. They go to extraordinary places because they can grant wishes. The twins have an uncle named Nimrod he is a djinn, who will be teaching the twins the power. The characters
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are Nimrod, John, Philippi, Ibis, Mrs. Rashasas, and Creamy.
My favorite part is when Philippi wrote a poem to Creamy because he found out she like poems. My least favorite part Mrs. Grant help the twins check in their luggage and then scatted to the airport. The setting is in Egypt was camped in the desert twenty miles south of Cairo. Beside that there was snake, a dung beetle, a small scorpion, and in the distance, a donkey pulling a woken cart in the desert. Conflict with the twins is strong, skilled and clever enough to outwit Ibis. The resolution is yes they can outwit the evil djinn.
I recommend this book to young adults because it has adventure and excitement. The twins are 12 years old, around our age. It likes the same with us and the book because we like adventure.
I give this book a 5 because it is an interesting book. I got this book because I like reading really long books. Plus I like adventure also like romance.
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LibraryThing member SeriousGrace
John and Philippa are not your ordinary twelve year old twins. On the surface they look like typical rich kids living on New York's upper east side. That is, until they both need their wisdom teeth pulled. At twelve. From there things get even more strange. Turns out, John, Philippa and their
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mother, Layla are from a long line of djinn. In order to explain this to the children they are shipped off to their djinn uncle in London, England. He is supposed to teach them how to control their powers, give them the history of the different tribes of djinn, and of course, get them involved in a little murder mystery on a trip to Cairo...
While this is supposed to be "just" a book for kids I found it completely entertaining. Like, how does a one-armed man pretend to tie his shoelaces? I kept picturing a movie.
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LibraryThing member Breony
Very adventurous! All about 12 year old twins finding out they are born genies, learning to use their powers. Not the best writing style but a bit of fun
LibraryThing member booklover_rem
Children of the Lamp seems to have a great plot but it didn't seem to draw me in as much as I believed it would. Over all the characterization seems to push you away from the book rather than draw you to read on, I most likely won't be continuing the series. I will admit however that it wasn't a
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bad book and I wouldn't tell anyone not to read it of they picked it up on their own.
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LibraryThing member skraft001
YA -- and really bad YA at that. Written for about a 5th grade level. Abandoned after 15 pages.
LibraryThing member M.Akter.Tonima
A whole new perspective on the generalized idea of Djinns.very nicely put. loved it.
LibraryThing member M.Akter.Tonima
A whole new perspective on the generalized idea of Djinns.very nicely put. loved it.
LibraryThing member joncarr
Clever world with the djinn society and history, and I think the author did his research. But the main characters of the twins are not well developed, they are simply there to move along the plot and don't have any real motivations or personality.
LibraryThing member kslade
OK fantasy adventure that seems to be copying the Harry Potter style. This time it's with the Djinn legends of the Middle East (genies in a bottle, etc.) and Egyptian myths. Was kind of a slow read but still enjoyable. Others have seen some fat-shaming and somewhat racist parts to it, but I really
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did not notice it. The twins (John and Philippa) are not very well fleshed out as characters but Uncle Nimrod is an outsized fun type. Worthwhile for most fantasy lovers, 12 and up, I guess, but there are better stories out there. I like the author's adult level historical fiction with the one I've read.
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