Fiona Robyn Ingram

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Fiona Robyn Ingram

I am a South African children’s author. Up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is a middle grade children’s adventure, filled with action, mystery, history (yes!), geography, archaeology, and all the kind of hands-on/solving clues stuff kids love. The story is a thrilling adventure for two young boys, whose fun trip to Egypt turns into a dangerously exciting quest to uncover an ancient and mysterious secret. Visit www.chroniclesofthestone.com

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The Secret of the Sacred Scarab: The Chronicles of the Stone: Book One

Children's Books

A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives two young South African tourists, Adam and Justin Sinclair, an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They survive terrifying dangers in a hostile environment (such as a giant cobra, as well as sinking sand), pursued by enemies in their quest to solve the secret of the sacred scarab. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out. They must also learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive … only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!

Book Bubbles from The Secret of the Sacred Scarab: The Chronicles of the Stone: Book One

When the Peddler Gives Adam a Scarab

On our trip to Egypt, I also bought scarabs from the market stalls, and they were exactly as Aunt Isabel describes - mass produced for tourists. But somehow Adam is given a very important scarab. Where is it? How does the peddler manage to get it to him after the police start chasing him...?

The Sands of Death

No kidding, anyone caught in a sandstorm hasn't a chance of outrunning it and surviving! Join heroes Adam and Justin as they and their kidnappers make a mad dash across the sand dunes for shelter before the sands of death engulf them!

Who Were the Shemsu-Hor?

The secrets of the ancient past are fascinating, especially when it comes to ancient Egypt. Legends speak of a group of mythical leaders called the Neteru, who brought teachings and other wisdom to the people of the land of Khem, the name for Egypt in the past. Their descendents were called the Shemsu-Hor, the followers of the way of Horus. Were they mortal men, or like the Neteru, were they considered to be part gods? And what was the great secret of power they protected?

The Secrets of Hieroglyphics

In this bubble, Adam and Justin need help translating the mysterious hieroglyphics they found on the underside of the black scarab. They come up with a clever plan to get help from Laila, their Egyptian tour guide. They also learn more about the history of hieroglyphics and why the secrets of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics remained undiscovered until 1822, with the translation of the Rosetta Stone. Will they get found out? Or will Laila help them translate the secret message underneath the black scarab, a message that might explain why so many weird things have been happening...?

Why I Wrote The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

This amazing adventure began when I went to Egypt with my mom and my 2 young nephews, who were 10 and 12 at the time. We had an amazing time, although sadly we didn't have the incredible escapade that my young heroes Justin and Adam did - but it was enough to spark my imagination. When we got back home, I decided to write my nephews a short story, with them as the heroes, of course. The short story turned into a book; the book became a series and the adventures have continued. In this bubble you'll see how Adam believes so strongly that Egypt is a land of such magic and mystery that an adventure just has to happen. And he's right! The boys find out from their aunt that a famous archaeologist searching for the tomb of the Scarab King has gone missing. Added to that, a smuggling ring is making off with loads of Egypt's ancient treasures! Is it possible for the boys to investigate this?

The Giant Cobra

This time Adam and Justin might not escape! Dr. Khalid's men have chased them into a recently excavated tomb in the Valley of the Kings. To escape detection, Adam crawls into a stone sarcophagus, while Justin hides in a wooden standing one. The men think the tomb is haunted so they run away. Unfortunately, the tomb also has another occupant - a giant cobra that is not pleased to see visitors.

The Fake Belly Dancer

By now, Justin and Adam's nemesis, the evil Dr. Khalid is after the cousins and their ancient scarab. It seems as if everywhere they go he had henchmen and associates ready to trip the cousins up and take the sacred scarab!

Fiona Robyn Ingram

Working Title: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper

This Book Is In Development

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper

Children's Books

Continuing the adventure that ended in Britain just a short while ago, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair, with their friend Kim Maleka, are now hunting for the third Stone of Power, one of seven mysterious stones lost centuries ago. The third stone might be located in an ancient city, hidden in the depths of the Mexican jungle. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the trio travels through the jungle in search of the lost city of stone gods. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

Rough-Cut Book Bubbles from The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper

The Aztec Gods of Light and Darkness

Adam learns from the head of the uncontacted tribe about the two Aztec gods that war for supremacy - Tezcatlipoca the god of darkness, and Quetzalcoatl the god of light. Why are they important and who will win....?

Who Would You Meet in the Jungle?

Since the kids have crash landed in a real jungle (not a Disney movie set) imagine their total shock and astonishment in finding tribal people there. Is this possible? Are there still uncontacted tribes in jungles around the world? According to Survival International, the answer is yes. Around 100 uncontacted tribes still live in various jungles and avoid contact with the civilized world, moving deeper into the jungle as modern society encroaches upon their chosen way of life.

What's it really like being stranded in a jungle..

While we've all seen lots of movies where the heroes are stranded somewhere dangerous, what's it really like in real life? Movies give a different view - now the three kids experience the reality of the wild, with the heat, the animal sounds, the dense foliage, and no one to help them ... nowhere to go .... no means of getting back to civilization. Did I mention the apex predator?

Crash Landing in the Jungle

This is the beginning of the third adventure for Adam, Justin and Kim in the quest for the Seven Stones of Power. This time, they know even less than they did on previous adventures because their archaeologist friend James wanted everything to be a big surprise. Well, surprise isn't the word. Maybe shock would be better. From this moment on, they are catapulted into a strange, hostile environment filled with wild animals, poisonous insects, and much danger. Can they keep their wits about them enough to survive?

The Search for the Stone of Excalibur: Book Two - The Chronicles of the Stone

Children's Books

Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them? Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. As their adventure unfolds, they face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped. Book extras include some historical background on King Arthur, the Dark Ages, warfare and weaponry during Arthur’s time, and details on Excalibur. A fascinating peek into the life of the real King Arthur, perfect for young time travelers and budding archaeologists.

Book Bubbles from The Search for the Stone of Excalibur: Book Two - The Chronicles of the Stone

Who Are the Eaters of Poison?

In their second adventure, Adam, Justin and Kim come across a strange group of people that they later learn are called the Eaters of Poison. Contact with them could be fatal. But what are they looking for? Why are they following our young heroes? And why are they so dangerous? Their first encounter is at Humphrey Biddle's shop....

What History Says About Excalibur!

Because the figure of Arthur has been shrouded in so much legend, one wonders if Excalibur was as powerful as legends say. Surely it was all made up? When the kids are in Oxford, they meet Archibald Curran, someone who should know all about Arthur and Excalibur because he is an expert on fifth and sixth century Britain. Archie reads them an extract from a book of medieval Welsh poems. Excalibur sounds as marvellous as everyone believes! But is it true...?

Where Do the Kids Go Next?

Adam's connection to the Stones of Power is so powerful that when he, Justin and Kim get their fortunes told, Adam has a very strong vision - but where is it? Is this the place they'll be going next? Why is he wearing a weird costume with an elaborate headdress? Reading the tea leaves in Adam's cup, Madam FiFi the fortune teller actually sees more but she dare not tell them what's in store...

Fighting the Flames!

In this Bubble, Adam, Justin and Kim discover that someone has set the stables and cottage in the castle grounds on fire! Clever birds Athena and Thumbelina (owls!) warn them by tapping on their window and waking them up. Remembering what they learned at school, the kids do their best to save someone in the cottage. It's easy to think you'll know what to do in an emergency, but reality is far different...

The Eaters of Poison

The Eaters of Poison are a really scary bunch. They are the descendants of a group of monks from centuries back. They have a mission that has been passed down through the generations. This mission is all they live for, and they're not afraid to get rid of anyone who stands in their way. Why are they called the Eaters of Poison? Interestingly, they were fed poison from an early age so that their bodies contain poison; just one scratch is enough for them to harm their enemies. Unfortunately, they might think Adam and his friends are just that!

A Dream of Arthur

Adam's dreams are becoming stronger with every adventure and are linked to the stones of power. This time he dreams of King Arthur and it is so real he wonders if somehow he has travelled back in time. This is an amazing dream and in it Arthur gives him an instruction, but is this relevant for Adam's future, or is it about the past, King Arthur's past? Read the bubble and decide...

The Stone in the Sword

King Arthur's sword, Excalibur, has been found and is awaiting restoration in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Is the stone in the hilt the Second Stone of Power?

A Strange and Unwelcome Visitor

The kids encounter a different kind of enemy - the Eaters of Poison. Contact with them is usually fatal... Who are the enigmatic and scary Eaters of Poison, driven by an ancient purpose? What is their connection to the castle’s past and James’ ancestor, Bedwyr the Curious Monk, whose research into history started all the trouble?

The Young Explorer’s Companion to The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

Children's Books

This is the ideal book for young explorers interested in Ancient Egypt. Discover the story behind The Secret of the Sacred Scarab and meet the real life boys who inspired the series. Find out who was the Scarab King, and learn the secrets of Ancient Egypt. Tips on creative writing will turn kids into budding authors. Visit Egypt with cool class activities. Take the quiz and find out how much you really know about Ancient Egypt. Pictures include drawings by real-life hero, Adam Sinclair. Bonus material includes the first chapters of Book 2: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur and Book 3: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper. Join Justin and Adam in their search for the Seven Stones of Power.

Book Bubbles from The Young Explorer’s Companion to The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

Who Was the Scarab King?

Before the unification of Egypt in 3100 BC, the country was divided into smaller territories, with various chiefs, leaders, or even kings ruling their people. I based my fictional character of the Scarab King on one of these lesser rulers. It was common practice for leaders or rulers to take the name of a creature/bird/insect as their totem, or icon. There was a real historical Serpent King, and also a real Scorpion King. The Scarab King is everything that a ruler should be. Alas, his step-brother Seti was not. These two polar opposites reflect the eternal battle between good and evil. Who will win in the end?

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