Book: The Eye of Ra
Author: Ben Gartner
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction
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Book Overview

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 Treehouse series and ready for intense action, dive into this middle grade novel rich with meticulous historical detail.

Book Excerpt

As soon as her finger finished following the line of the eye, a bright flash illuminated the chamber for nothing more than the blip of a nanosecond, as if an electric bulb had exploded and gone out. John blinked back a sudden headache, wondering if he’d imagined the burst.

“Did you see that? So cool!” Sarah exclaimed.

John’s heart was in his throat. “Can we get outta here now?”

“So cool,” Sarah repeated, shaking her head. “I wish I had my phone to take a picture of this. Dad will love it!”

John tugged on Sarah’s shirt. “Can we please go now, Sarah? Please?” He could feel sweat on his forehead.

“Yes, fine,” Sarah said, pulling her arm away from his tugging. “This is a dead end, anyway. Let’s go.”

She marched off back to the corner and around it, John close behind. John could feel his chest loosening with every step, could almost taste the mountain air again. He plodded along behind her in the tunnel without looking up.

As soon as they were out of the cave, John smashed into the back of Sarah, who’d stopped suddenly. 

“What the—” she muttered. 

John didn’t smell the fresh mountain air. When he looked around his sister, expecting to see the scree slope and forest and the way back to the trail, instead he dropped his flashlight and his jaw at the same time. 

He’d never seen anything like it.

Book Review

The Eye of Ra was immediately engaging and engulfing. We loved it so much that I ordered a copy for my son when I finished reading the ARC version!

The Eye of Ra is the first in the series and these chapter books are intended for children who have graduated from the Magic Tree Adventure Books.

The main characters must rely on their new friends to have them battle scorpions, snakes, tomb robbers, and, most importantly, help them find the time-traveling portal located in the pyramid. Besides the educational aspect of the story, readers are exposed to the importance of family, teamwork, and respecting different cultures and customs.

This is a natural stepping stone for kiddos as they learn about all the differences within the world and how diversity in everything makes our planet more magical.

Giveaway Details

Ben Gartner will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gftcard to a randomly drawn winner during the tour.

About the Author

Ben Gartner is the author of adventure books for middle graders and thrillers for adults. His writing for both audiences shares an ability to grab readers by their neurons for a thrilling ride, maybe even teaching them something in the meantime. Ben can be found living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Bookbub | Goodreads

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