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Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharoahs - Derek Keilty ill. Mark Elvins

This fun, fast-paced adventure has all the ingredients of classic pirate adventure tales: treasure, maps, crooked captains, planks, boats with alliterative names, but with the addition of mummies and Egyptian treasure to boot! A great mix of characters will appeal to all in this, the first of a series of swashbuckling quests!

Great dialogue (you can't help but read along/aloud in a pirate-voice!) and humour in the text itself and the brilliant illustrations by Mark Elvins make this a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable adventure. We particularly loved the 'Gallery' at the start with portraits of the characters, and the pirate ship diagram with glossary of terms at the end.

I read this alongside my 6 year-old son who loved the characters, adventure and danger, and can't wait for the next story in the series.

Thanks to Scallywag Press (@Scallywagpress on Twitter) for the review copy; find out more about the author, illustrator and this book at

Derek Kielty is on Twitter as @Derekkeilty

Review by Rich Simpson (@richreadalot) Oct 2020

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