By: Rob Lloyd Jones
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Walker Books
Published: 01 Feb 2017
ISBN: 9781406361445


When Jake's parents vanish, Jake and his sister team up with shady tomb robbers to find them in the Egyptian desert. Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible in this riveting page-turning adventure by an award-winning author.

The Atlas family is in trouble: Jake hides an addiction to stealing; his twin sister, Pan, has to conceal her genius, for fear of bullies. The siblings can't stop fighting – with each other and with their parents, stuffy professors of Ancient History. But Jake's and Pan's lives take a dramatic turn the day they discover the truth about their boring mum and dad. When the family go to Cairo on holiday, Jake and Pan's parents mysteriously vanish and it's up to the twins to find them. They must team up with shady tomb robbers, master high-tech gadgets and locate a lost tomb in this story of a family that finds itself in the deserts of Egypt.


Jake Atlas is a normal school boy who has a knack for causing trouble. Usually major trouble! His parents are really strict in the hope of getting him to behave, and his twin sister is amazingly smart, but won’t speak to him. So what could possibly go wrong on a family holiday to Egypt!

As the blurb notes, this book really is Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible for teenagers. It’s a wonderful adventure/mystery story with evil villains, unlikely heroes, awesome high tech gadgets and characters your students will love.

I read this in one sitting as it was such good fun. Highly recommended for both boys and girls, Year 7 and up, who love fast paced action and adventure stories.

Reviewed by Michelle