Jagger Jones and the Mummy's Ankh

Jagger Jones and the Mummy's Ankh

Jagger Jones is a whiz kid from Chicago's South Side. Ask him anything about Ancient Egypt, and Jagger can fill hours describing all that he knows. But when he and his precocious little sister Aria fall more than three thousand years back in time to the court of Amarna, Egypt, Jagger discovers a truth that rocks his world: books don’t teach you everything there is to know....

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Title:Jagger Jones and the Mummy's Ankh
Author:Malayna Evans
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Jagger Jones and the Mummy's Ankh Reviews

  • Naomi Milliner

    This debut mg Novel is a fun, exciting and tremendously well-researched ride. The brother-sister dynamic is believable and enjoyable; the world of ancient Egypt is beautifully rendered in vivid detail; and there is the perfect blend of humor and adventure. Already looking forward to the sequel. This would make an especially good read for the classroom.

  • Darlene

    This time travel tale is a wonderful blend of modern day siblings who get transported back to ancient Egypt. It's not easy figuring the "ins and outs" of getting along with the often temperamental Gods of ancient Egypt. Readers will enjoy the manners of the Pharaoh's court as the hero, Jagger Jones, tries to blend in, looking for who to trust and who is out to get him. The details about Egyptian culture are fascinating and add authentic drama to the story.

  • Kimberly Gabriel

    I just finished this fast-paced adventure fantasy story about Jagger Jones, a boy genius, who frequently travels with his sister and their mom on her travel-writing expeditions. On their trip to Egypt, Jagger finds himself and his sister 3000 years back in time in Ancient Egypt where they must save a royal family and solve a slew of puzzles to make it home safely. I loved Jagger's smarts paired with his little sister's snark. Evans's world building is vivid and immersive, and I also learned a th

    I just finished this fast-paced adventure fantasy story about Jagger Jones, a boy genius, who frequently travels with his sister and their mom on her travel-writing expeditions. On their trip to Egypt, Jagger finds himself and his sister 3000 years back in time in Ancient Egypt where they must save a royal family and solve a slew of puzzles to make it home safely. I loved Jagger's smarts paired with his little sister's snark. Evans's world building is vivid and immersive, and I also learned a thing or two about Ancient Egypt. As a middle school teacher, I think my students are going to connect to Jagger and love following him on his action-packed journey. Both fun and exciting, this is a perfect supplemental read to any student studying Egypt.

  • Lisa Schmid

    Jagger Jones and The Mummy's Ankh is a time-traveling tale that takes the reader on a magical ride. I especially loved the relationship between Jagger and his snarky little sister, Aria. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments along with page-turning excitement. Every middle-grade reader with a thirst for adventure needs this book!

  • Kristin Thorsness

    Whiz kid Jagger Jones thinks he knows pretty much everything about ancient Egyptian life, but when he and his snarky little sister, Aria, fall through time and actually walk the ancient streets, he learns that books don’t tell you everything—ancient Egypt was filled with backstabbing, mystery, and REAL MAGIC.

    This story grabbed me from the start. The brother-sister relationship between Jagger and Aria is a perfect blend of loving and adversarial, and the rich descriptions of ancient Egyptian life

    Whiz kid Jagger Jones thinks he knows pretty much everything about ancient Egyptian life, but when he and his snarky little sister, Aria, fall through time and actually walk the ancient streets, he learns that books don’t tell you everything—ancient Egypt was filled with backstabbing, mystery, and REAL MAGIC.

    This story grabbed me from the start. The brother-sister relationship between Jagger and Aria is a perfect blend of loving and adversarial, and the rich descriptions of ancient Egyptian life painted vivid images in my mind. I was not at all surprised when I read the author’s note and learned that Malayna Evans has a PhD in Egyptology.

    As a former 5th and 6th grade teacher, I appreciated the inclusion of discussion questions at the end of the book. This book would make a great classroom read aloud or book club selection, and since it’s the first of a planned trilogy, there’s more to look forward to. I, for one, can’t wait!

  • Rosaria Munda

    Move over Indiana Jones! JAGGER JONES AND THE MUMMY'S ANKH lands Chicago siblings in Ancient Egypt to solve magical mysteries with the help of an iPhone and modern science and debate important Chicago questions like where to get the best deep dish. The big charm of the book for me was Jagger, whose reluctant heroism, love for his snarky little sister, and hint of angst about his broken home grounded the story. I was charmed.

  • Thelizyouknow

    Thanks to LibraryThing for the complimentary advance review copy of Jagger Jones and the Mummy's Ankh.

    Jagger is a thirteen year old genius from Chicago's South Side. He and his younger sister Aria accompany their mother, a travel writer, on journeys all over the world. This time it's Egypt, and when the time magic kicks in and their mom stays behind, the real adventure begins.

    This delightful book targets junior high age readers, but it's a treat for all ages. Aria's mangling of Egyptian names ha

    Thanks to LibraryThing for the complimentary advance review copy of Jagger Jones and the Mummy's Ankh.

    Jagger is a thirteen year old genius from Chicago's South Side. He and his younger sister Aria accompany their mother, a travel writer, on journeys all over the world. This time it's Egypt, and when the time magic kicks in and their mom stays behind, the real adventure begins.

    This delightful book targets junior high age readers, but it's a treat for all ages. Aria's mangling of Egyptian names had me laughing out loud. The story takes place in a popular historical era--we see the future King Tutankamun pass by on one occasion, and meet other historical characters in a magical fantasy that will make your heart dance then break then dance again. For lovers of Harry Potter, Jagger Jones is a natural.

    My only criticism is that the language was sometimes jarring. Modern kids may in fact refer to themselves as "kids," but probably not as often as this book does, and it's doubtful that an Egyptian princess would use the equivalent term. This does not detract from the genuine pleasure of a fine read, though. I highly recommend this book.

  • Pippa Chorley

    Jagger Jones, is a fantastic first book in what I am sure is set to be a great middle grade series – at least I hope it does. Being an actual Egyptologist, Malayna Evans does a wonderful job of slipping in juicy ancient facts all the while keeping the book modern, fun and youthful. There is the perfect blend of humour, facts and adventure here and my middle son (aged 7) absolutely devoured this book!

  • Charles

    NOTE: I received an advance eBook copy in exchange for my honest review.

    This work marks the author's first foray into storytelling, and while a couple of areas could be cleaned up, IMO, overall the story is tight and cohesive and was a quite enjoyable read for myself and my 10-year-old son.

    13-year-old Jagger and his 11-year-old little sister, Aria, are in Egypt along with their mother, a travel-writer. After a series of somewhat bizarre occurrences, young Jagger begins hearing a voice calling to

    NOTE: I received an advance eBook copy in exchange for my honest review.

    This work marks the author's first foray into storytelling, and while a couple of areas could be cleaned up, IMO, overall the story is tight and cohesive and was a quite enjoyable read for myself and my 10-year-old son.

    13-year-old Jagger and his 11-year-old little sister, Aria, are in Egypt along with their mother, a travel-writer. After a series of somewhat bizarre occurrences, young Jagger begins hearing a voice calling to him. After following the voice out into the desert, he begins to dig and soon a staircase downward is revealed. The stairs lead down to a tomb where Jagger and Aria are teleported through time and meet the owner of the mysterious voice, Princess Meretaten, eldest daughter of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti! Seems Jagger and Aria are modern-day descendants, and are the only ones that can help stop a plot against the Royal Family by the Pharaoh's General and the evil High Priest of Amun-Ra, Herihor. The two siblings must race against the clock to thwart the nefarious plans as they only have a week before the final spell is cast that will wipe out the entire Royal Family. Jagger must use all his knowledge of ancient Egypt to stop the plot and then to get himself and his sister back to their own time...

    Miss Evans has crafted an intricate tale involving long-lost culture and beliefs replete with the gods and ceremonies of ancient Egypt. Her background (a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago) serves her well in this endeavor, and gives the reader a more accurate picture of the times and customs of the era.

    Target audience and reading level is Tweens and older; younger children would enjoy the story if read to by a parent or older sibling in order to pronounce some of the names and explain the rituals and spells taking place. Although primarily centering around Jagger and therefore appealing to boys, there is more than enough of his sister Aria to keep most girls interested in the tale.

    I found repetitive use of a couple of phrases ("blew a puff of air" being one) to be personally irksome, and the editors' choice to not weed out excessive commas an annoyance, but overall this was a very good read for both myself and my son, and we both agreed that a sequel or further adventures of Jagger would be most welcome. ****1/2

  • bookseverlasting

    If you're a fan of John Grisham's Theodore Boone series, Jagger Jones & The Mummy's Ankh by Malayna Evans is the book for you! Just released yesterday, May 28, 2019, and published by Tantrum Books for Month9Books, this Middle Grade novel is centered around a pair of biracial siblings from Chicago's South Side who time-travel to Ancient Egypt. If you like watching Indiana Jones movies or enjoy Social Studies a little more than the other kids in your class, it's time to order this book.

    Thirtee

    If you're a fan of John Grisham's Theodore Boone series, Jagger Jones & The Mummy's Ankh by Malayna Evans is the book for you! Just released yesterday, May 28, 2019, and published by Tantrum Books for Month9Books, this Middle Grade novel is centered around a pair of biracial siblings from Chicago's South Side who time-travel to Ancient Egypt. If you like watching Indiana Jones movies or enjoy Social Studies a little more than the other kids in your class, it's time to order this book.

    Thirteen year-old big brother Jagger Jones, a future historian, hates to travel, because his mother is a travel-writer who drags him all over the world. He'd rather be at home reading about historical places than experiencing them. His 11 year-old sister, on the other hand is an adventure-seeker. When these two get yanked 3,000 years back in time, they have quite the adventure.

    Parents, teachers, booksellers and librarians -- The author has a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago and her expertise shines throughout the book. The novel is factually accurate, but perhaps there are a few too many Egyptian terms used. The story is so good, you want to be able to get lost in it just a little more. Action-packed and fast-paced, this book will especially appeal to gifted students and children with a strong vocabulary and high reading level. Includes discussion questions and a pronunciation guide. Perfect for a school or library book club, or a class set purchase. Only possible concern would be if you have are in a religiously sensitive school or district (ex: where Harry Potter was banned) because there is magic used and the appearance of Egyptian gods throughout the book. But, honestly, nothing offensive. Again, it's historically accurate.

    Lesson plan connections/collaborations/literary tie-ins: Coordinate a class reading with a field trip to a museum, arrange a visit from a historian, archaeologist, or Egyptologist. Time a class read-aloud with social studies projects, art projects (decoupage mummies), language arts/library media center events, a countries of the world unit, Black History Month, African-American Read-in, geography unit, etc. So many amazing cross-curricular connections, including science and math. Can you say #STEAM?

    The cover design by Danielle Doolittle and cover illustration by Tatiana A. Makeera are both inviting and exciting. The illustrations in the book are lovely -- in fact, I wish there were more. The chapter headings (all puns) were Harry Potter funny (ex: In De Nile) and the Ankh divider illustrations were beautiful.

    #JaggerJones&TheMummysAnkh by @Malayna is timely, diverse, multicultural, exciting, and fun! A must-read. As a librarian, I would recommend adding this to every school or public library collection. Great way to grow your diverse book collection! I have a feeling this could become a series.

    Favorite quote: "I think they're ignoring facts because they don't want to face an uncomfortable truth." (Chapter 4)

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