The Eye of Ra

Exploring a mysterious cave in the mountains behind their house, John and his sister Sarah are shocked to discover they’ve time traveled to ancient Egypt!

Now they must work together to find a way back home from an ancient civilization of golden desert sand and a towering new pyramid, without parents to save them. The adventures abound—cobras, scorpions, a tomb robber, and more! The two kids have to trust each other, make friends who can help, and survive the challenges thrown at them . . . or be stuck in ancient Egypt forever.

For readers graduating from the Magic Tree House series and ready for intense action, dive into this middle grade novel rich with meticulous historical detail. 

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“An engaging, eventful, history-based fantasy with realistic protagonists and an enjoyable, twist-filled plot.” —Kirkus Reviews. Full review here.

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Fun, action-packed read, with a healthy dose of historical facts. Kids will be hooked on this one!” —Adam Perry, author of The Magicians of Elephant County, gave it 5 stars

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This book was awesome!the book captivated me in a story of two siblings, trying to handle and save one world and, at the same time, get back to another.” —10-year-old book blogger Emmie from “Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

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“Every night I was so excited to go back to the book because I wanted to read more…I really hope there are more books in the series.” —11-year-old son of Goodreads reviewer SK

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“I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It had lots of action…the characters were well-developed and approachable…readers will want to follow this story to the end!” —Page McBrier, New York Times bestselling author

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“I read this story in one sitting (& late into the night) & completely fell in love with Ben Gartner’s writing. I loved the strong female characters in the story, especially because the sisters often took charge of their brothers! The plot was your typical time travel MG adventure but felt unique & fresh, with the chosen era & twist at the end. I also really appreciated the good family bonds in the story, as a lot of MG (& YA) stories either don’t include parents at all or make them careless – there was lots of love & support in this story, which was lovely. This was a brilliant debut & I can’t wait for more from Ben (& his children)!” —Lucy-May book blogger Writing With Wolves

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“Gartner’s middle grade time-travel adventure is a rollicking ride . . . [this] well-researched novel is suffused with atmospheric detail . . . [and] a relaxed, playful sense of humor . . . this adventure novel hits the sweet spot. ” —BookLife Reviews

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I couldn’t put this down! It was so entertaining every step of the way and I read it all the way through the night. I really enjoyed the characters and am crossing my fingers that there is more soon.” — Saraphim

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“This is definitely a fast paced, adventurous read that will be perfect for the MG age group.” — Becky’s Book Blog

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The Eye of Ra is an exciting story with excellent character development and a strong narrative arc. A well-paced adventure novel that will keep middle grade readers turning the pages.” —New York Times published writer Jamison Hill, author of When Force Meets Fate

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“I LOVE this! A fun adventure story . . . exciting . . . hilarious . . . The plot pacing was great, especially for a middle grades novel. I work with 3rd-5th graders, and I think this book would do an excellent job of holding their attention. Such a great ending!” —Megan S.

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“This middle-grade novel is highly engaging with a fast-paced plot while the mystery unfolds. Unique historical elements create interest in the different culture from long ago and garner similarities that kids can relate to or learn from. Parts of adventure, friendship, and empathy complete the novel with a unique surprise at the end. This is definitely a book I would recommend. Enjoy!” —Scarlett Readz & Runz book blog

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“Skillfully written, clever, suspenseful, flowed effortlessly, had a hard time putting it down.” —Jim C.

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“The Eye of Ra is a delightfully quick and smart magical tour of ancient Egypt, giving middle grade readers an educational survey from the perspective of a modern kid without ever feeling like a lecture. I loved the way this book got its information across. Thank you to the author for letting me have a look!” —Jason Henderson, author of Young Captain Nemo

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“This is exactly the type of adventure story that kids go for, the setting is fantastic. It is obvious that you are experienced in writing adventure tales. And you manage to hit the beats, the plot all keeps rolling along at a good clip and you don’t get tied down or let anything slow the forward momentum.” —Fay C.

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“Well done . . . great atmosphere packed into this book . . . Fits right in with what good middle grade is all about. The pacing was fast, which is a great way of captivating the reader and I liked the ending a lot.” —Bethany V.

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Interesting and exciting. You really captured the essence of a middle grade story. It had over the top action and suspense that really capture the imagination of someone this age. You did a great job taking our main characters, especially John, and changing him for the better over the course of the story. I thought this was an incredibly fun story and one I would’ve absolutely devoured as a kid.” —Juliette T.

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“The characters are authentic, you pass on their struggles and emotions well. ” —Klaudia K.

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“A heartwarming and fun action adventure novel for the whole family. Full of interesting historical tidbits and fun mishaps, The Eye of Ra keeps the pages turning. An excellent read! ” —Kerelyn Smith, author of Mulrox and the Malcognitos

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“Excellent. You’ve hooked me. Excellent build-up of tension and suspense. The plot is captivating. I love how everything feels high stakes from start to finish (as in, I felt something matters and I felt endeared to your characters).” —Stu M.

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“The Eye of Ra is an easy and enjoyable read. I enjoyed learning about Ancient Egypt in a way that never felt forced or didactic. I also enjoyed all the close encounters with the scary inhabitants. You have some great moments of conflict and drama in your story. I enjoyed your use of evocative description.” —Amanda S.

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“Fun adventure for readers who love and have outgrown the Magic Tree House series. Just when you think the excitement is about to be over, there’s more! A great read.” —Carolyn Armstrong, author of Because of Khalid

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“This book would be a top choice for the students in my class. They’d eat up the adventure! Your tense scenes are so well-written. I didn’t see the twist in the plot coming. What a great surprise!” —Elaina B.

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“A portal adventure romp that will appeal to young lovers of history and ancient Egypt…I was a big fan of the Magic Treehouse series and this did feel reminiscent of the way that series explored history, making it great for young history lovers.” —Reedsy Discovery

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“The Eye of Ra is adventure, suspense, history lesson and cultural exchange all rolled into one fine read! Middle schoolers will identify with your characters and be captivated by your fast paced story. I loved it!” —Louise C.

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“It was a great read for the age group, but I think many adults could use the life lessons from this book too. I swear, I could barely put it down.” —Bob S.

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