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Publisher's Summary

This compelling story of adventure, romance, and intrigue, set in ancient Egypt, was written by the three-time Newbery Honor and Edgar Award winning author Eloise Jarvis McGraw.

Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom in ancient Egypt, under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut. Mara is not like other slaves; she can read and write, as well as speak the language of Babylonian. So, to barter for her freedom, she finds herself playing the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemies—each of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt.

Against her will, Mara finds herself falling in love with one of her masters, the noble Sheftu, and she starts to believe in his plans of restoring Thutmose III to the throne. But just when Mara is ready to offer Sheftu her help and her heart, her duplicity is discovered, and a battle ensues in which both Mara’s life and the fate of Egypt are at stake.

“Dangerous espionage, an unusual love story, and richly drawn background make this a book to capture quick and lasting interest.”—Horn Book

“Thoroughly engrossing.”—Kirkus Reviews
©2018 Eloise Jarvis McGraw (P)2018 Listening Library
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4 out of 5 stars
By Buyer of Too Much ;-) on 04-01-18

Good story, HORRIBLE narration. Just AWFUL

I bought this book—Well, the recording—As I read it numerous times when I was growing up. As an adult and I see it is rather juvenile, but going back to my childhood for a few hours made it worthwhile.

However the recording was so poorly done it really ruined the book.

Not the quality of the recording, but the poor recording by the narrator. Please, take some time and listen to Frank Muller or Scott Brick .... this reading was so overdone, even for a children’s book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elaine C on 07-07-18

Story is an old favorite. Narrator a poor fit.

An old favorite from my pre-teen years. Have read many times as a pre-teen, teen and yes, as an adult. Love the story, and the book. Started me on a lifetime love of Ancient Egypt. Unfortunately, the narrator is a poor fit for the historical nature of the story and made the heroine, Mara, sound like either a petulant Valley Girl or a dubbed Anime character. Distracting, and irritating. I love this book and would love to see a version with a different narrator.

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