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Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (November 15, 2011)
Henrietta Bloom knows seventh grade is a special kind of torture—braces, a despotic teacher, her first crush. Finding a curse inside a fortune cookie doesn’t exactly boost her confidence. Her parents, two respected archaeologists, assure her that it’s a joke directed at them. After all, the curse refers to King Alaric’s lost tomb, which they are preparing to excavate. After her parents leave for Italy, Henri’s luck plummets. The queen bee hears about Henri’s curse and misfortune cookies are suddenly popular at school—fatal farts, bad breath, stink eye. More importantly, Henri is sure antiquity thieves are stalking her, her parents are missing, and her babysitter has gone off the deep end. Desperate to find her parents, Henri dives into the history of Alaric’s curse, seeking out a cranky archaeologist who warns her to stop. Henri guesses she might be digging her own grave, but she can’t quit. Her fortune is at stake.
This book is a fantastic story. I finished it in a day!
The main character is Henrietta Bloom (Henri), a 13 year old seventh grader. She's an only child of two archeologist parents. She is plagued at school by the 'cool' girl who is nothing but a bully. Margo rules through fear and intimidation. Henri isn't afraid of Margo and this may explain Margo's dislike for Henri.
In addition to the constant attacks from Margo, Henri is dealing with her parents being kidnapped by a group of international thieves.
The 'Golden Hand' is a group of thieves working with the artifact black market.
Henri meets all sorts of shady characters. It's hard, at first, to tell which characters are good and which are bad.
This is a fast paced, fun story. Until the very end the reader is kept guessing about the characters. The end is left open for a sequel. I can't wait for the next book.
I rate this book: AWESOME and ENTERTAINING