Adele Geras, author of Troy and many
other children's books:
This book is just the ticket for lovers of all
things Egyptian. A very entertaining read, I must say. I'm sure children
will enjoy it, too. The characters were engaging, the dialogue was good, and
it was an exciting story.
Susan Goundry-Kruse, of
Stories from the Web - a
website devoted to children's books
have had a lot of fun putting up the first chapter of
written by Tony North. It is a fantastic story suitable for
good readers of nine and above and chronicles the adventures
of Danny and Katy who time-travel to ancient Egypt and to
the kingdom of one of the Ancient World's greatest monarchs,
Hatshepsut, King of Egypt, and a woman.
Hatshepsut was a real historical character, who eventually
declared herself King after the death of her husband,
only is this a fun story, but the book is crammed full of
really interesting facts. Tony North, the author, is a
member of the Manchester Ancient Egypt Society, and his
knowledge and passion for his subject sings out of every
an unusual book, but well worth a read, especially for
historical fiction fans or anyone interested in Egypt of the
Tim Heath, Year 4 Teacher, St. James' CE Primary School, Ashton-under-Lyne:
Hi Tony, Managed to read your book and it was a life saver. I went to
Australia in the summer and decided to get the train from Perth to Adelaide
which is a 3 day journey across a desert. So it was the perfect opportunity
to read your book. A few hours later it was finished. I thought it was an
excellent plot submerged with loads of facts about Ancient Egypt. I
certainly learnt a great deal without even realising! There were times where
I did think I knew what was going to happen next, but low and behold there
was another twist. The way they accessed time travel was very clever, and it
took me quite a time to process how they did it.
Personally I really enjoyed reading the book and couldn't put
it down. It was a fascinating look at what life was like in the reign of
Queen Hatshepsut and you could imagine being there at that time. One thing
it has made me want to do is visit Egypt. The detail and description helped
you believe you had time-travelled yourself.
As for children who would read the book, it would be like an
adventure of their own. I can only guess but I think kids of an older age
would love the book, and if they are not interested in Ancient Egypt, they
certainly would be intrigued and eager to learn more when they finish it. I definitely will be reading it to mine later in the year!
Thanks for letting me have a chance to read the book. If you
have not already found a publisher, I can't see too many problems. All the best, Tim.
Carolyn Barton, Year 4
Teacher, Johnson Fold Primary, Bolton:
I really enjoyed 'The
King Herself', it created such vivid pictures in my mind of what it would
really have been like to be in Ancient Egypt. I wished I was one of the
children - to see the wonders of Egypt in all their glory! The story was a
brilliant adventure, and as a reader, I felt real hopes and fears for the
children - would they manage to return to their own world safely in the
end? A fantastic read. Thanks Tony, so glad I had the opportunity to read
Steven Goodreau, Professor of
Anthropology, University of Washington:
Mr. North has written a delightful book
that entertains and educates by making archaeology and history both come
alive for readers. Any young person with an interest in the past, or with
all things Egypt, or who has ever dreamt of travelling through time, will
enjoy this book.
Kerryn Martin, aged 12:
A Y5 Girl:
hi. I am from Wilmslow Preparatory School For
Girls and my rating of the king herself is a ten because you canít predict
what is going to happen In it ( I am only on page 35) and also that you can
imagine what is happening.
from Elizabeth form 5.
A Y4 Girl:
really liked reading your book The King Herself. I really liked like the
funny twists. It was a really good book because you never knew what was
going to happen next.