Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune – Sean O’Neill
I grabbed this to check out as something to possibly recommend for my biblio-adiaphoros nephew.
And while I would indeed recommend it to pre-teen readers (male or female), it was good fun for this middle aged reader as well. It put me in the mind of TinTin and the comparison to Indiana Jones seems almost inevitable given the hold the character has in popular culture.
Rocket is a boy whose father is with the State Dept. who gets posted to Cairo in the 1930’s. While exploring the city with his pet monkey Screech, he meets Nuri, a street urchin and together they get drawn into a mystery. Otto von Stürm is a German criminal on the hunt for a pharaoh’s tomb with the aid of his henchmen. Adventure ensues.