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Phillip Kerr
, the author of many novels for adults, writes children’s fantasy under the name P.B. Kerr. Visit P.B. Kerr’s website to see roasting locusts.

Children of the Lamp

Children of the Lamp — (2004-2011) Ages 9-12. Publisher: John and Philippa Gaunt, two twelve-year-old not-very-identical twins, live a privileged life on the Upper East of Manhattan with their wealthy parents and two curiously-mannered Rottweilers named Alan and Neil. The twins realize there’s something amiss with their world when a string of strange things begin to happen after their wisdom teeth are extracted — they dream the same dreams, become stronger, their zits clear up, and wishes wished in their presence inexplicably come true. And, when their estranged Uncle Nimrod asks them to come to England for the summer during one such shared dream, the discovery of their destiny is set in motion. John and Phillippa discover that they are descended from a long line of Djinn, have great inherent powers. They must call on these powers a lot sooner than they anticipated, though, because the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten is not as dead as history has so far declared and his legion of seventy magical djinn could tip the balance of power in the magical realm and affect the whole world order.

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The Akhenaten Adventure: Solid if sometimes careless

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The Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr

The adventure in The Akhenaten Adventures involves a pair of twins, 12-yr-old John and Philippa Gaunt, who discover after a series of odd events that they are not simple upper-class adolescents as they've always though but a pair of djinns ("genie" is considered vulgar) about to come into their own powers. Soon they're off to London and the tutelage of their Uncle Nimrod. It turns out, however, that they need to learn their powers quickly, for Nimrod is involved in a dangerous quest to prevent the head of an evil djinn tribe from finding a source of great power, the key to which has been buried under the sands of Egypt.

This first book in the Children of the Lamp series has several good things going for it. Its world of magic, an Arabian Nights atmosphere centered on the djinn, is more original than most of the teen (and adult) fantasy out there (thou... Read More

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