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In her search for answers, Sesha must find a priceless scroll for the pharaoh. Sesha and Ky, children of the pharaoh’s royal physician, are left charming snakes and stealing food to survive after a brutal fire takes their parents and their home. Unsure of whom to trust, the pair are found and brought back to the palace, despite misgivings that the royals are somehow involved In her search for answers, Sesha must find a priceless scroll for the pharaoh. Sesha and Ky, children of the pharaoh’s royal physician, are left charming snakes and stealing food to survive after a brutal fire takes their parents and their home. Unsure of whom to trust, the pair are found and brought back to the palace, despite misgivings that the royals are somehow involved in their parents’ deaths. Sesha is tasked with finding the rare and valuable medical document her father was transcribing for the pharaoh, who needs it urgently for his upcoming campaign. Befriended by another scribe and a young princess, Sesha must navigate palace intrigue and temple treachery while desperately seeking the priceless scroll that not only has the power to reveal the circumstances around her parents’ death and mitigate any casualties of battle, but may also be the only thing that can save her brother’s life.


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In her search for answers, Sesha must find a priceless scroll for the pharaoh. Sesha and Ky, children of the pharaoh’s royal physician, are left charming snakes and stealing food to survive after a brutal fire takes their parents and their home. Unsure of whom to trust, the pair are found and brought back to the palace, despite misgivings that the royals are somehow involved In her search for answers, Sesha must find a priceless scroll for the pharaoh. Sesha and Ky, children of the pharaoh’s royal physician, are left charming snakes and stealing food to survive after a brutal fire takes their parents and their home. Unsure of whom to trust, the pair are found and brought back to the palace, despite misgivings that the royals are somehow involved in their parents’ deaths. Sesha is tasked with finding the rare and valuable medical document her father was transcribing for the pharaoh, who needs it urgently for his upcoming campaign. Befriended by another scribe and a young princess, Sesha must navigate palace intrigue and temple treachery while desperately seeking the priceless scroll that not only has the power to reveal the circumstances around her parents’ death and mitigate any casualties of battle, but may also be the only thing that can save her brother’s life.

30 review for The Lost Scroll of the Physician

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maya

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review. This story read itself. From the first page to the ending it was packed full of mystery, bravery and love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters' personalities. It was like going on an adventure that was about more than just a murder. It was about saving a nation. And to find out that the scroll is a real item, just the cherry on top of the cake. This is definitely a book that will intrigue it's reader and make him/her wonder about the po ARC received in exchange for an honest review. This story read itself. From the first page to the ending it was packed full of mystery, bravery and love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters' personalities. It was like going on an adventure that was about more than just a murder. It was about saving a nation. And to find out that the scroll is a real item, just the cherry on top of the cake. This is definitely a book that will intrigue it's reader and make him/her wonder about the possible future these characters will have. I admit I was expecting more from the ending, since it did feel a little like there is potential for a sequel and we do not get the full closure that at least I wanted to have. But nontheless, a fantastic story well worth my time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley This was an enjoyable, colorful story that goes into a lot of detail of how life was lived in the days of ancient Egypt. The detail was certainly very interesting to read about, and it seems the author has done extensive research. I was only surprised at the abrupt ending, but I suppose it makes sense, since it's a series (so I can't wait to read on!) About the only thing I felt lukewarm about was that although this was life in ancient E How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley This was an enjoyable, colorful story that goes into a lot of detail of how life was lived in the days of ancient Egypt. The detail was certainly very interesting to read about, and it seems the author has done extensive research. I was only surprised at the abrupt ending, but I suppose it makes sense, since it's a series (so I can't wait to read on!) About the only thing I felt lukewarm about was that although this was life in ancient Egypt, it essentially felt like life right now - even despite all the actually very informative details on tradition and various practices. Just the way people act and react was so modern. Although who knows - maybe people were always people just like us, you know? I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook in exchange to my honest review. This has not affected my opinion. Book Blog | Bookstagram | Bookish Twitter

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kenneth - PerfectionistWannabe.com

    [Thank you to Dundurn/Ingram/Edelweiss for the eARC.] This book hit all of the right marks. I was so interested in this story, it peaked my archaeological curiosity, so I did some additional research of my own. Surprise! That's exactly what the author hopes you will do - peak your interest in wanting to learn more about Egyptian history. There are so many things I loved about this story. One, you are learning about Egyptian history, especially about their beliefs and medicine. Two, a young girl is [Thank you to Dundurn/Ingram/Edelweiss for the eARC.] This book hit all of the right marks. I was so interested in this story, it peaked my archaeological curiosity, so I did some additional research of my own. Surprise! That's exactly what the author hopes you will do - peak your interest in wanting to learn more about Egyptian history. There are so many things I loved about this story. One, you are learning about Egyptian history, especially about their beliefs and medicine. Two, a young girl is given the opportunity to become a scribe and a physician. Three, the adventure to find the scroll was worth every single step in this journey. The only thing I did not like about this book were the snakes. The Indiana Jones in me is going, "Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?" After the scene where they accidentally disturb a cobra in the temple, I swear to you, I spent the rest of the book scared to death another snake was going to pop out of nowhere to attack them. So warning there for people scared of snakes...there are snakes in this book. Yet, no snakes or humans were harmed in their meetings. This book was so good, I had a difficult time putting it down. I was still wanting to read more after I turned the lights out. I needed to know what was going to happen next. Sevigny really nurtured that archaeologist/Indiana Jones in me. I cannot wait until the next book. Oh, and that scroll that Sesha is looking for actually exists. Funny thing is that it is located right here in New York City at the New York Academy of Medicine. It's known as the Edwin Smith Papyrus (named after the man who purchased it from grave robbers and then donated it to the Academy). For parents/educators wanting to get children (middle grade) interested in history, this is one grand adventure to put them on. This will really capture their attention because they will want to know more about ancient Egypt. For everyone else, if you love stories like The Mummy, Indiana Jones, etc., this is definitely a YA adventure you will enjoy. Such a great book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    B.R. Myers

    The first in the Secrets of the Sands series, The Scroll of the Lost Physician by Alisha Sevigny will send readers on a voyage back to the ornately detailed world of Ancient Egypt where tombs, treasure, and traitors abound. Told in the voice of Sesha, a young scribe, this middle grade mystery strikes the perfect balance between rich historical detail, witty dialogue, and a fast-paced plot. With its full cast of compelling characters and cliff hangers, kids will be staying up late, reading under The first in the Secrets of the Sands series, The Scroll of the Lost Physician by Alisha Sevigny will send readers on a voyage back to the ornately detailed world of Ancient Egypt where tombs, treasure, and traitors abound. Told in the voice of Sesha, a young scribe, this middle grade mystery strikes the perfect balance between rich historical detail, witty dialogue, and a fast-paced plot. With its full cast of compelling characters and cliff hangers, kids will be staying up late, reading under the covers with their flashlights to finish just one more chapter.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was such a fun read! Honestly once I started, I couldn't put it down. The plot moves very quickly, and the two main characters are so brave and smart, I was rooting for them from the start. The setting is very interesting (8 year old me who was obsessed with Ancient Egypt would have devoured this...okay 27 year old me did anyway), and the author does a great job of putting you there with all the sight, smells, a I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was such a fun read! Honestly once I started, I couldn't put it down. The plot moves very quickly, and the two main characters are so brave and smart, I was rooting for them from the start. The setting is very interesting (8 year old me who was obsessed with Ancient Egypt would have devoured this...okay 27 year old me did anyway), and the author does a great job of putting you there with all the sight, smells, and everyday life of the time. There's mystery, intrigue, and a great sibling relationship. This is going to be a new series to keep following, and I can't wait for the next installment!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie Holmeshaw

    This book follows Sesha on the journey to find an old medical scroll that has the answers to save her brother Ky’s life. While targeted for middle grade readers, this book is enjoyable for readers of all ages. The writing immerses you straight into Ancient Egyptian culture right from the first page. It is evident that Alisha put in a lot of research for this book, which allows readers to have the educational advantage of learning more fascinating facts about Ancient Civilizations. The characters This book follows Sesha on the journey to find an old medical scroll that has the answers to save her brother Ky’s life. While targeted for middle grade readers, this book is enjoyable for readers of all ages. The writing immerses you straight into Ancient Egyptian culture right from the first page. It is evident that Alisha put in a lot of research for this book, which allows readers to have the educational advantage of learning more fascinating facts about Ancient Civilizations. The characters are witty, and the dialogue is captivating, which makes it so hard to put this book down! Excited to read the sequel to the “Secrets of the Sands” series when it comes out later this year!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ This is a nice whodunit with your typical mustache-twirling-evil-guy-in-power and the plucky kids who foil his/her plans. There is just enough of the plot given throughout that kids can begin to decipher for themselves, though adults will likely find the answer pretty easily. The author sticks to the historical milieu nicely and also attempts to do a bit of educating about the Pharaohs and especially mummification. Sto More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ This is a nice whodunit with your typical mustache-twirling-evil-guy-in-power and the plucky kids who foil his/her plans. There is just enough of the plot given throughout that kids can begin to decipher for themselves, though adults will likely find the answer pretty easily. The author sticks to the historical milieu nicely and also attempts to do a bit of educating about the Pharaohs and especially mummification. Story: Sesha and her brother Ky are children of the grand physician to the Pharaoh. Their father had been working on deciphering a very important medical scroll for Pharaoh when their house burned down, killing both parents, and the kids wound up on the streets, afraid to return home. But desperation returns them to the court scene since Sesha's brother has fluid in his brain that could kill him if Sesha cannot find the lost scroll her father was transcribing. As they search the palace and temples, it becomes clear that someone was working against Pharaoh and that their parents' deaths was not accidental. And Sesha is running out of time to find the scroll and invaluable info given by Imhotep that could save her brother's life. Most of the book takes place in the Pharaoh's palace. Sesha is friends with Pharaoh's daughter and Ky is best friends with the crown prince. Because Ky is younger, he plays more of a carefree part in the book - he's tired of being 'babied' by his sister, even with his ever-worsening condition. Sesha wants to be a scribe or physician and so is taking scribe training; but being female, she is instantly bullied for her efforts despite her father giving her advance training. But her medical knowledge will be key as she unravels the mystery. Quite a bit is explored in Egyptian culture - from the gods to the Nile creatures, life in a palace and even life on the streets. Some is more believable than others; e.g., it is unlikely anyone would name their pet dog or pet snake after sacred gods. But those kind of nitpicks are minor and certainly this is a nice introduction to ancient history. The reading is smooth, there is a lot of action, and our heroine Sesha is brave and bold and a likeable heroine. The book ends on a bit of an abrupt note but this is meant to be several in a series so the author wants to make sure you come back for the next book. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Colline Vinay Kook-Chun

    I loved this middle grade book set in ancient Egypt! The language in the novel hasn’t been simplified and includes some beautiful imagery. The metaphors that have been used refer perfectly to the time frame of the story. The Lost Scroll of the Physician is an adventure story and therefore the writing is paced in such a way to encourage the reader to continue reading. Even though the story is set in ancient Egypt, the characters’ experience is relatable to the modern child as they interact with ot I loved this middle grade book set in ancient Egypt! The language in the novel hasn’t been simplified and includes some beautiful imagery. The metaphors that have been used refer perfectly to the time frame of the story. The Lost Scroll of the Physician is an adventure story and therefore the writing is paced in such a way to encourage the reader to continue reading. Even though the story is set in ancient Egypt, the characters’ experience is relatable to the modern child as they interact with others their age as well as with adults. Sesha finds herself in situations beyond her control and works at changing what she can. She is a strong character that makes the mistakes that children her age often do – but she is able to bounce back from them. Sevigny has written the perfect adventure story that will get young readers engrossed and committed to the story. The added bonus is that those who are curious about the past will see a snapshot of life in Ancient Egypt. This novel is the first in a series and definitely encourages me to want to read more about Sesha and her sidekick Paser. I know I will be recommending this story to the 8 – 14 years in my life – especially those who enjoy adventure stories.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel

    I'm sick so please ignore this mess of a review. So I read this book in under two hours. It was good. Very good. The author sent me a free electronic copy and I was able to lie in bed and read is straight without any breaks. I feel like that really heightened my liking of this book. I have always loved Egypt and books centered around Egyptian culture. This book was done exceptionally well. I loved the characters, the plot, and the historical accuracy for the most part. I recommend this book to ev I'm sick so please ignore this mess of a review. So I read this book in under two hours. It was good. Very good. The author sent me a free electronic copy and I was able to lie in bed and read is straight without any breaks. I feel like that really heightened my liking of this book. I have always loved Egypt and books centered around Egyptian culture. This book was done exceptionally well. I loved the characters, the plot, and the historical accuracy for the most part. I recommend this book to everyone because it's such a fun adventure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sienna

    Nine-year-old me would have devoured this in one day. Twenty-five-year-old me read it in three, and thoroughly enjoyed every nibble. Fast-paced, marvelously descriptive, and full of the spirit of adventure.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MayorEmma

    I received an arc of this book on netgalley. Sesha, and her brother Ky are forced to steal food to survive after their parents are killed in a fire in ancient Egypt. I liked how Sesha got to go work and train as a Physician, and it the setting was pretty realistic, in my opinion. Definitely one of the better ancient Egypt books I have read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Desirae Clark

    I received an ARC from the author A bit of introduction to the story: The story follows our young protagonist Sesha, a strong-willed, incredibly smart girl, whose parents perished in a fire not too long before the story began. She has a younger brother Ky, who suffers from a condition for which the cure had not yet been discovered. Before her father's death, Sesha was aware that he was translating a scroll which might have been the answer on how to help her sibling. However, the night of the t I received an ARC from the author A bit of introduction to the story: The story follows our young protagonist Sesha, a strong-willed, incredibly smart girl, whose parents perished in a fire not too long before the story began. She has a younger brother Ky, who suffers from a condition for which the cure had not yet been discovered. Before her father's death, Sesha was aware that he was translating a scroll which might have been the answer on how to help her sibling. However, the night of the tragedy that took both her parents, the scroll went missing and nobody knew what it looked like. If Sesha wanted to help her brother, she'd have to find the scroll before it was too late. Alisha Sevigny's writing is absolutely magnificent. Her choice of words, her storytelling, and world-building provide the story with magic that its characters amplify by a thousand. The story as a whole has a rhythmic pace where the important events were not passed too fast and the slower scenes don't drag on. Sesha's a brilliant girl with an incredible mind. She is very knowledgable in whatever she does and knows a lot about medicine, a profession passed onto her from her father, who was a physician himself. Sesha's loyalty is awe-inspiring and has no limits whatsoever. The things she'd do for her brother, including risk getting trampled by hippos, is what my own siblings couldn't even be bothered to think of. She is smart and strong but also honest and isn't afraid to speak her mind. The rest of the characters in this story have their own interesting personalities, but I found myself relating to Sesha and really becoming endeared to her for some reason. I also mentioned before that the setting of this story and world-building is done incredibly well, which makes me wonder just how many hours of research the author had to do in order to write this entire book. She certainly displayed great knowledge in herbs as well as different methods they used at the time to heal people. A marvelous read that gripped me until the very end. Great job.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley Rating: 5 stars! (extra star because I want this series and author to do well) Short review: Pros: 1. Nice plot; nice setting - It is guessable at times but still entertaining nonetheless 2. Good prose - It will be familiar for Rick Riordan fans (like his more recent works) 3. Nice characters - Characters are quite well developed and I'd like to see them get more dimensions in future books 4. Right length - The book was a qui Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley Rating: 5 stars! (extra star because I want this series and author to do well) Short review: Pros: 1. Nice plot; nice setting - It is guessable at times but still entertaining nonetheless 2. Good prose - It will be familiar for Rick Riordan fans (like his more recent works) 3. Nice characters - Characters are quite well developed and I'd like to see them get more dimensions in future books 4. Right length - The book was a quick read and the pace fits the plot 5. Good editing - Found very few errors, but it needs another round of proofreading I think 6. Nice cover and act separating graphics (or whatever it is called) Cons: 1. Sort of a cliffhanger ending - This is not a negative at all; in fact, it makes the book more appealing. But why I am I adding it here? Only because I have to wait for the next book. 2. Those tiny errors that keep nagging me 3. Needs some rephrasing - Whenever a god or a belief is explained, it seems to follow the same structure making it feel boring. Restructuring it would easily fix that. 4. Nobody in ancient Egypt would have dared to name their pet snake Apep. Not even as a joke. Summary: Sesha and Ky, Children of Ay, The Royal Physician, are living rough on the streets for the past month. A fire in their home has left them orphaned. But instead of seeking refuge in the palace, they flee. Sesha has seen Royal Guards at their home and she suspects someone within the palace has a hand in their parents' death. They run out of luck when their act of thievery to assuage their hunger lands them back in the palace. To their relief, they are offered asylum. Sesha remembers her father working on transcribing an ancient scroll that is attributed to the Great Imhotep. She deduces that the scroll, which is of utmost importance to the kingdom, is invaluable to her as well. It could reveal whether her parents' demise was a tragic accident or murder, save her brother's life, and aid the kingdom that could soon be ravaged by war. Sesha is now tasked by the pharaoh to find the scroll and she must race against time to do so, all while balancing her scribe training, teaching the princess to read and write and keeping the whole scroll affair a secret. Whether Sesha succeeds in finding the scroll and preserving it or fails is for the reader to find out. Review: This book truly came out of nowhere. I have come across the book before on NetGalley but quickly dismissed it because of the title ('The Lost Scroll of the Great Scribe', 'The Lost Scroll of Imhotep', 'Imhotep's Scroll'... any such thing would have been hard to ignore. I think it is the word 'physician' that threw me off). But after bumping into it multiple times, I read the blurb and decided to give this a try. Huge thanks to the publishers for granting me a copy to read and review. From the get-go, I knew I might like the book as I felt the writing style felt familiar enough. It is told in simple language for young adults and is narrated in Sesha's perspective. Both the narration and dialogues feel concise and easy to follow allowing this book to be a quick read. The plot feels familiar and different at the same time. I could also feel the characters well and I wish to see them develop further in the series. I loved the setting of the plot - a crime thriller set 3500 years ago in ancient Egypt with some political instability. The setting also feels like it was well researched (apart from Sesha and Ky naming their snake Apep). Being a sucker for all things Egypt, I thoroughly enjoyed the snippets explaining the setting, culture, and mythology but it left me wanting for more. I wish to see the future books having a bit more of these (J. K. Rowling style; with a lot of details but still doesn't feel excessive). Feedback to the publisher/author: 1. A couple of grammar errors and some rephrasing when explaining gods/myths. 2. The snake ideally should be named Apep and I would appreciate a change there. 3. The cover art is really good. Would have loved some illustrations of the glyphs and hieratic in the book (Like the Kane Chronicles). 4. A possibly more compelling title. A lot of books get judged by cover, title, and blurb. Final words: A fast-paced thriller for young adults that I am sure folks of all age would love. I highly recommend the series for anyone who likes Egypt and thrillers. Wishing Alisha Sevigny all the very best for her future books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Sesha and Ky have been living on the streets in ancient Egypt for a month after the tragic death of their parents in a suspicious fire. The father had been a doctor for the Pharaoh, and Sesha thinks that her father's translation of a scroll has put him in danger, which is bad because he felt the scroll had the cure for her brother's fluid on the brain. After they almost get in trouble, they are returned to the palace, where Ky returns to being friends with the Pha E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Sesha and Ky have been living on the streets in ancient Egypt for a month after the tragic death of their parents in a suspicious fire. The father had been a doctor for the Pharaoh, and Sesha thinks that her father's translation of a scroll has put him in danger, which is bad because he felt the scroll had the cure for her brother's fluid on the brain. After they almost get in trouble, they are returned to the palace, where Ky returns to being friends with the Pharaoh's son, and Sesha is enrolled in the difficult physicians' program, where she is the only girl. She finds out that the government is interested in the scroll because they feel it has information that will help them heal soldiers more effectively in case of a war... and war is imminent. With the help of the princess, whom she is teaching to read, Sesha must try to locate the scroll and save not only her brother, but the entire kingdom. Strengths: Ancient Egypt is part of the 6th grade social studies curriculum, but there are very few fictional books with that setting. This was a great length, had a bit of a mystery, and moved quickly. There were vaguely evil adults, good friends, and enough details about daily life to make this interesting. Weaknesses: For some reason, I had trouble getting into this one. I think I wanted more details and (shockingly!) a more complex plot. It seemed a little simplistic, but that is actually great for my students when it comes to historical fiction, so it must just have been me. What I really think: I'll purchase this, to add to McCaughrean's Casting the Gods Adrift, Rubalcaba's The Wadget Eye and A Place in the Sun, and Napoli's Lights on the Nile.

  15. 4 out of 5

    The Rebel Scribe

    Thanks to Netgalley and to the publisher for sending me an e-galley of this book! The Lost Scroll of the Physician is a thrilling, entertaining and well-researched children's book. Sesha is a heroine that young girls can look up to filled with spirit and and compassion for her brother Ky. The book tackles some fairly deep subjects as Sesha resumes her training as a scribe to try and find Imhotep's lost scroll which could have possibly gotten her father killed. It's a race against time and Sesha do Thanks to Netgalley and to the publisher for sending me an e-galley of this book! The Lost Scroll of the Physician is a thrilling, entertaining and well-researched children's book. Sesha is a heroine that young girls can look up to filled with spirit and and compassion for her brother Ky. The book tackles some fairly deep subjects as Sesha resumes her training as a scribe to try and find Imhotep's lost scroll which could have possibly gotten her father killed. It's a race against time and Sesha doesn't know who she can trust back at the palace as it seems everyone is looking for the scroll which she believes holds a cure for her brother's illness. The story is fast paced and includes a lot of real remedies, the lost scroll is even a real thing which I thought was pretty cool. There is a constant tug of war in the story between science and religion along with Sesha having to face scrutiny being the only female training to become a scribe. My only issue was the large cast of secondary characters within the palace were at times hard to keep straight as there wasn't many physical descriptions or at the very least features unique to the characters. It might have just been with how quickly the plot moved, which wasn't bad at all. I just wish I knew a bit more so that I could get feel for them. The story was very plot driven where I do like to have more of a connection with the characters, but that's just my own preference. The subject was pretty interesting and it was the first book I've ever read set in Ancient Egypt which was portrayed very well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vighnesh Muraly

    This was an ARC that was sent to me from Dundurn Press so thanks to them for sending this to me in exchange for an honest review. This book started off really quickly and a lot of things were happening. I really liked how the plot was moving at the start and how it was super fast paced but, it started to slow down and I felt that it got a little bit boring halfway through the book. It started off with 5 star vibes for me but the plot really slowed down and the challenges the main character was f This was an ARC that was sent to me from Dundurn Press so thanks to them for sending this to me in exchange for an honest review. This book started off really quickly and a lot of things were happening. I really liked how the plot was moving at the start and how it was super fast paced but, it started to slow down and I felt that it got a little bit boring halfway through the book. It started off with 5 star vibes for me but the plot really slowed down and the challenges the main character was facing felt very mundane compared to what she had to go through at the start. Also, the whole plot is about the main character trying to find this scroll but, she slowly just veers off and does things which I don’t really understand. I will say, that I really liked how the story ended and how everything lined up and that little reveal at the end which surprised me because I never saw that coming so I guess that was really good. I am not sure if I’ll be continuing with this series depending on my mood when the sequel comes out. Overall, I found this book to be very mediocre and nothing too special even though I think it had the potential to be a 5 stars from me if it kept up that fast, action-packed mood.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Estíbaliz Montero Iniesta

    More like a 3'75. (ARC received in exchange for an honest review). I've always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt and its gods and mythology. Therefore, I immediately felt drawn to this book. Even though it is a middle-grade, it does a very good job of depicting Ancient Egypt's day-to-day life. And what is more important, it does so without talking down to the reader, all the information is presented in a very natural and organic way. I also really liked the characters: Sesha is a really smart and s More like a 3'75. (ARC received in exchange for an honest review). I've always been fascinated by Ancient Egypt and its gods and mythology. Therefore, I immediately felt drawn to this book. Even though it is a middle-grade, it does a very good job of depicting Ancient Egypt's day-to-day life. And what is more important, it does so without talking down to the reader, all the information is presented in a very natural and organic way. I also really liked the characters: Sesha is a really smart and strong character, which I feel provides a good role model for any little girls reading this books. I also enjoyed the friendships that she ends up establishing with people her age but from quite different backgrounds. So, the book has mystery, intrigue, mythology, great friendships and siblings relationships and it's a light and fun read with a well established setting that proves the author did her research. It's a very enjoyable read both for kids and for adults who enjoy middle.grade stories.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Fowler

    Title: The Lost Scroll of the Physician Author: Alisha Sevigny Release Date: 2.18.2020 Review Date: 2.3.2020 I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sesha and Ky, children of the pharaoh’s royal physician, are left charming snakes and stealing food to survive after a brutal fire takes their parents and their home. Unsure of whom to trust, the pair are found and brought back to the palace, despite misgivings that the royals are somehow involved in their parents’ deaths. Sesha Title: The Lost Scroll of the Physician Author: Alisha Sevigny Release Date: 2.18.2020 Review Date: 2.3.2020 I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sesha and Ky, children of the pharaoh’s royal physician, are left charming snakes and stealing food to survive after a brutal fire takes their parents and their home. Unsure of whom to trust, the pair are found and brought back to the palace, despite misgivings that the royals are somehow involved in their parents’ deaths. Sesha is tasked with finding the rare and valuable medical document her father was transcribing for the pharaoh, who needs it urgently for his upcoming campaign. This one was interesting to say the least. I liked the setting but I would have liked to know the characters a little better. How to review this. There was a detailed scene of embalming. I was really grossed out. I don't really have any other feelings about this. I find it really hard to review Middle Grade. This one was okay.

  19. 4 out of 5

    The Paperback Princess

    While targeted at a younger audience, I found The Lost Scroll of the Physician to be a fantastic read for people of all ages. Based in Ancient Egypt, it follows the story of a young girl in search of an old medical scroll that has the power to save both her brother's life and her country. But as she goes deeper into the temple to find this document, she also discovers information about her parents' recent death that challenge her beliefs and the people she thought she could trust. A thrilling, m While targeted at a younger audience, I found The Lost Scroll of the Physician to be a fantastic read for people of all ages. Based in Ancient Egypt, it follows the story of a young girl in search of an old medical scroll that has the power to save both her brother's life and her country. But as she goes deeper into the temple to find this document, she also discovers information about her parents' recent death that challenge her beliefs and the people she thought she could trust. A thrilling, mysterious, and educational read, this story has something new and exciting on every page. Rooted in actual research, the book immerses you in Ancient Egyptian culture, making you feel as if you are by Sesha's side throughout her journey. Not only is the plot captivating, but I was also constantly eager to learn more about ancient civilizations. If you are looking for a page-turner, I highly recommend Alisha Sevigny's The Lost Scroll of the Physician. I myself am already counting down the days until the second book in the series comes out.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shakera

    I want to start by saying thank you to Edelweiss and Ingram Publisher Services for granting me the opportunity to read this remarkable book. This is the story of Sesha and Ky, who are the children of the Physician to the Pharoah. Their parents are killed under questionable circumstances, and doing what they can to survive on their own until they are caught by the palace guards. Once in the palace, the Pharoah allows Sesha to continue her studies and asks her to find the missing scroll her father I want to start by saying thank you to Edelweiss and Ingram Publisher Services for granting me the opportunity to read this remarkable book. This is the story of Sesha and Ky, who are the children of the Physician to the Pharoah. Their parents are killed under questionable circumstances, and doing what they can to survive on their own until they are caught by the palace guards. Once in the palace, the Pharoah allows Sesha to continue her studies and asks her to find the missing scroll her father was working on before he died. With danger at every turn and suspects around every corner, Sesha and Ky must figure out who they can trust. They must do so quickly, or they will meet the same questionable end their parents did. What I enjoyed about this story is the scroll is based on an actual artifact. The amount of research done in this story is fantastic. While I love stories based on Egyptian history, I loved the attention to detail. There was a headstrong lead character in Sesha, who has her wits about her and is a great judge of character. I thought this was a fascinating start to a series, even though the ending was a bit abrupt.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This was.... unexpected. I'm a newbie to the Middle Grade genre so I admit it's possible that I didn't have realistic expectations. The story centers around Sesha and her younger brother Ky. They were the children of the Pharaoh's Great Physician, until they lose their parents one night in a tragic fire. A fire that Sesha is convinced wasn't an accident. We follow Sesha through the twists and turns of finding out exactly what happened, all while she tries to help her brother before she runs out of This was.... unexpected. I'm a newbie to the Middle Grade genre so I admit it's possible that I didn't have realistic expectations. The story centers around Sesha and her younger brother Ky. They were the children of the Pharaoh's Great Physician, until they lose their parents one night in a tragic fire. A fire that Sesha is convinced wasn't an accident. We follow Sesha through the twists and turns of finding out exactly what happened, all while she tries to help her brother before she runs out of time to do so. Going into it, I had no idea this wasn't a standalone, but the ending had me needing the next book in the series like... yesterday. There are a few subjects sprinkled in this book that I likely wouldn't want my middle grade aged child reading but it's definitely still worth the time it'll take you to consume. So go ahead, get yourself this tasty Egyptian morsel and enjoy! P.S. this book has a little fiber. The lost scroll in question? It's legit! It's for real! Be sure to read the author's note and then prepare to be fascinated. Thank you Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    (っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Kasey ♥

    **Disclaimer: I was given an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.** This is such a fun book that I wish had been around when I was younger, as I don't recall reading a lot of exciting children's historical fiction. You can tell Alisha Sevigny put a lot of time and effort into researching Ancient Egyptian practices for her story to feel authentic. PROS: + female heroine who takes control of her own destiny/story + sibling story CONS: - minor grammatical/typing errors - some of the histo **Disclaimer: I was given an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.** This is such a fun book that I wish had been around when I was younger, as I don't recall reading a lot of exciting children's historical fiction. You can tell Alisha Sevigny put a lot of time and effort into researching Ancient Egyptian practices for her story to feel authentic. PROS: + female heroine who takes control of her own destiny/story + sibling story CONS: - minor grammatical/typing errors - some of the history explanations seem regurgitated from a textbook instead of simplified and easier to read for your generic reader

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Bramley

    I took a chance on this book because I was intrigued by the cover. While I wasn’t gripped by it, it was a very fun adventure with lots of history in it!!! I think children’s historical fiction is so great because an author can combine information that is both real and made up (and blur the lines)and kids are learning throughout their read without even realizing it! A definite mystery, the story houses relatable characters, the exotic element of Egypt and their beliefs, and intrigue as to where t I took a chance on this book because I was intrigued by the cover. While I wasn’t gripped by it, it was a very fun adventure with lots of history in it!!! I think children’s historical fiction is so great because an author can combine information that is both real and made up (and blur the lines)and kids are learning throughout their read without even realizing it! A definite mystery, the story houses relatable characters, the exotic element of Egypt and their beliefs, and intrigue as to where the next book will take us. It is a super fun adventure!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Michaels

    Oh wow! I really liked this! A fun, quick middle grade to indulge in! Since it was a middle grade, I kind of wished there was more adversity throughout. I feel like Sesha had obstacles to overcome but there could have been more. I’d also have liked a little more in depth pieces of mystery and more to unravel, but overall this book was SUPER enjoyable and nearly impossible to put down. The writing was descriptive and snappy. Excited for the next one! **I received a free ebook in exchange for my ho Oh wow! I really liked this! A fun, quick middle grade to indulge in! Since it was a middle grade, I kind of wished there was more adversity throughout. I feel like Sesha had obstacles to overcome but there could have been more. I’d also have liked a little more in depth pieces of mystery and more to unravel, but overall this book was SUPER enjoyable and nearly impossible to put down. The writing was descriptive and snappy. Excited for the next one! **I received a free ebook in exchange for my honest review.**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Brown

    The Scroll of the Lost Physician by Alisha Sevigny is a book that will most certainly send readers on a voyage back in time to Ancient Egypt. The detail descriptions, were rich and will draw in young readers; especially those who enjoy reading tales and adventures that deal with tombs, treasure, and traitors. The obstacles that Sesha had to overcome could have had a bit more depth to it, however, I find this book enjoyable overall. It is a fast read, so if there are young readers who are just st The Scroll of the Lost Physician by Alisha Sevigny is a book that will most certainly send readers on a voyage back in time to Ancient Egypt. The detail descriptions, were rich and will draw in young readers; especially those who enjoy reading tales and adventures that deal with tombs, treasure, and traitors. The obstacles that Sesha had to overcome could have had a bit more depth to it, however, I find this book enjoyable overall. It is a fast read, so if there are young readers who are just starting with larger books, this is a perfect place to begin.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Overall I really enjoyed this book. It has the feel of a young adult book, simple to read and is purely adventure. Loved the cover art. The characters are quite well done, well developed and have life to them. The author has done some background on life in Ancient Egypt and it comes across well. I would read others in the series and do recommend it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patty Holmes

    Alisha Sevigny is proving to be an excellent writer of young adult fiction with 2 contemporary novels and this one that takes place in ancient Egypt. She continues to demonstrate strong characters and interesting story lines. Lucky to have her as a relative!. I only wish Alisha would apply her skills to writing adult fiction!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Farah

    This book is a delightful read for both children and adults alike. The palace intrigue, combined with the protagonist's steely determination and resolve, made this an irresistible page-turner. I couldn't put it down! The best surprise of all was discovering that the story was based on a real-life historical medical scroll. I would highly recommend this book for all!

  29. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne Richards

    This was a wonderful adventure and mystery all wrapped up in Egyptian history. I really enjoyed the writing and the story was intriguing. Since I have finished it, I would like to read more about Sesha and Ky. This would make a wonderful classroom read along with Ancient Egypt studies grades 4 to 7.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia McNicoll

    A snake charmer, a scribe, a future medical doctor--Sesha is a dynamic character trying to uncover some ancient scrolls that could help save her brother's life. Set against the backdrop of ancient Egypt, the time of mummies and pyramids--the story captivates, as well as catapults you forward.

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