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In this fourth book in the series, Theodosia sets off to Egypt to return the Emerald Tablet—embedded with the knowledge of some of the ancient world’s most guarded secrets. Accompanied by her cat, Isis (smuggled along in a basket), Theo plans to return the artifact, then explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and oh, yes— help her mother dig up treasures on her archeological expedition.

But nothing ever works out as planned, especially when a precious treasure appears suddenly, and then just as suddenly disappears . . .

When the Serpents of Chaos get involved, Theo finds she’s digging up a lot more than she expected!

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
– A BookSense 2007 summer pick
– Starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly
– A Junior Library Guild selection
– Exclusive audio rights sold to Audible
– Included in Target’s fall ’09 plan-o-gram
– French, German, Polish and Italian rights sold
– Nominated for the Agatha Award (mystery writing) in Best Childrens/Young Adult category
– Selected for Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers (VOYA, 2007)
– Selected as one of the Top Ten Crime Fiction for Youth 2008, Booklist on-line
– A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year 2008
“A sure bet for Harry Potter fans.” – Booklist, starred review

“A perfect blend of mystery and humor.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers
– Selected for the Winter 2008-2009 Kid’s Indie Next List
– Exclusive audio rights sold to Audible
– Enthusiastically reviewed for the Amazon Vine reading program
– Polish and French rights sold
– A Today Show Holiday Book Pick, 12/12/08
– Nominated for the 2009 Cybils awards
“Clever and exciting, just like the previous book, this also features a layered relationship between Theodosia and her grandmother. Nonstop action in a delightfully English package.” – Booklist


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Being able to detect black magic isn’t all tea and crumpets—and for Theodosia Throckmorton, it can be a decidedly tricky business! When Sticky Will drags Theo to a magic show featuring the Great Awi Bubu, she quickly senses there is more to the magician than he lets on, setting in motion a chain of events she never could have bargained for.
Meanwhile, back at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, Henry is home for the spring holidays and makes an accidental discovery of an artifact that alchemists have been hunting for centuries. Soon, every black-cloaked occultist in London is trying to get their hands on it . . .

“Once again, supernaturally talented Theodosia navigates around her etiquette-obsessed grandmother and absentminded parents in a suspenseful, satisfying fantasy that’s filled with the specifics of magical ritual sure to delight readers who miss the goings-on at Hogwarts”
~Booklist

This is a book to recommend enthusiastically to any reader who likes Egyptian history, a good mystery, or fast-paced action. The ending also promises another exciting installment, leaving readers wanting more.
~School Library Journal



Theodosia Throckmorton is in a fix. Allowed to attend a reception given by one of the directors of her parents’ museum, she stumbles across Mr. Tetley of the British Museum—in most unusual circumstances! Since Theo has last seen him in a showdown in an ancient Egyptian tomb, his reappearance could mean only one thing: the Serpents of Chaos are back. Once again Theodosia will have to take on secret societies, evil curses, and dark magic too sinister to imagine, especially if it falls into the wrong hands. Blocked at every turn, Theodosia will have to rely on her own skill and cunning—along with a little help from the most unexpected places.

“Archaeology and fantasy fans alike will find much to love in this magical tale chock-full of ancient Egyptian artifacts and details.”
~School Library Journal

“Clever and exciting, just like the previous book, this also features a layered relationship between Theodosia and her grandmother. Nonstop action in a delightfully English package.”
~Booklist


Winter 2008-2009 Kid’s Indie Next List



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When Theo’s mother returns from her latest archaeological dig bearing the Heart of Egypt—a legendary amulet belonging to an ancient tomb—Theo learns that it comes inscribed with a curse so black and vile that it threatens to crumble the British Empire from within and start a war too terrible to imagine. Intent on returning the malevolent artifact to its rightful place, Theo devises a daring plan to put things right. But even with the help of her younger brother, a wily street urchin, and the secret society known as the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers, it won’t be easy….she quickly finds herself pursued down dark alleys, across an ocean, through the bustling crowds of Cairo, and straight into the heart of an ancient mystery. Theo will have to call upon everything she’s ever learned in order to prevent the rising chaos from destroying her country—and herself!

“A sure bet for Harry Potter fans.”
~Booklist (Starred Review)

“There are surprises aplenty…a perfect blend of mystery and humor.”
~Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)

“Danger, mysterious museums stuffed with exotic treasures, and children who best adult evil doers are surefire ways to engage young readers.”
~Bulletin

A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Booksense Summer Pick
Agatha Award Nominee
West Virginia Children’s Book Award Nominees 2008-2009

Michigan Library Association 2007 Mitten Award Honor Title