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Secrets of a Sun King

Emma Carroll

Enter a world of Egyptian pharaohs and ancient curses from the Queen of Historical Fiction.

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London, 1922.

A discovery from ancient Egypt . . .
A cursed package . . .
The untold story of a young pharaoh . . .

When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad’s doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England!

The mysterious package holds the key to a story . . . about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for.

Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey – to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh’s curse . . .

‘The Hilary Mantel of children’s fiction.’ Telegraph

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This crisp, beautifully paced story will hold every young reader in thrall.

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Hooked yet? You’d have to be dead and wrapped in bandages not to be.

The Times
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Carroll is a natural storyteller with a real ability to captivate readers. Historical fiction at its finest.

Fiona Noble, Bookseller, Children's Book of the Month
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A true page turner!

Inis Children Books Ireland
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Superbly written and fast-paced.

That Boy Can Teach
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Emma Carroll . . . rightfully owns the title "Queen of Historical Fiction". A totally thrilling read.

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Once told by poet Ted Hughes her writing was ‘dangerous’, it took Emma Carroll twenty years of English teaching and a life-changing cancer diagnosis to feel brave enough to give her dream of being an author a try. Nowadays, she’s a bestselling author and the ‘Queen of Historical Fiction’ (BookTrust). She has been nominated for and the winner of numerous…

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