November 4, 2011

Review: Lights on the Nile by Donna Jo Napoli

Kepi is a young girl in ancient Egypt, content to stay home with her family, helping her father, who was wounded in the construction of a pyramid for the cruel pharaoh Khufu. But that was before she and her pet baboon, Babu, were kidnapped and held captive on a boat bound for the capital city, Ineb Hedj. And when Kepi and Babu are separated, she knows she has only one choice: to make her way to the capital on her own, rescue Babu, and find a way to appeal to the pharaoh. Khufu is rich and powerful, but Kepi has her own powers, deep inside her—ones she herself doesn’t even know about yet.

Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed author of Zel and Beast, revisits the fabled origin of fairies in this strikingly orig-inal and affecting novel of friendship.

  This would be a perfect first chapter book. A charming main character takes an amazing journey & adventure. Ending up being the stuff of legends. A delightful read for younger children. Not my usual age group, but a good read none the less. Perfect for a late primary classroom.

Publisher-HarperCollins Publishers
Reviewer Score: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
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