She has to be. Her parents run the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, and are constantly bringing in new artifacts, most of them cursed.
Theodosia’s parents are oblivious to the black magic attached to the statues, funerary jars, amulets and such. Somebody has to protect the family and museum workers from the black magic. It’s a good thing Theodosia has been studying ancient texts like Hidden Egypt: Magic, Alchemy, and the Occult for most of her life.
But Theodosia finds herself in over her head when her mother brings back the powerful Heart of Egypt from her latest Egyptian dig. The amulet turns up missing – stolen, to be precise – and Theodosia goes looking for it. She finds herself in the midst of cutthroat thieves with a plan for world domination.
The story starts out in dreary drizzly London in 1906 where political intrigue abounds. The world seems perched on the verge of a huge war, and the Germans have apparently stolen the Heart of Egypt to use as a weapon in the impending battle.
Theodosia finds some unlikely allies, including a secret society, an orphan pick-pocket, and her little brother. But when everything comes to a head, it’s Theodosia alone who must make her way to Egypt and set things right.
Author R. L. (Robin Lorraine) LaFevers is a neighbor of ours. She grew up in Los Angeles and now lives “on a small ranch in Southern California." Check out her website for a list of her many other novels for kids.
The Theodosia series is recommended for grades 3 through 8.