by Jemma Hatt, narrated by Ciaran Saward
An Audibook Review by Jackie Houchin
The Temple of Treasure is the second of six “Adventurers” books for kids 8-12. It’s a fun, fast-paced story in which the kids – Lara, Rufus, and Tom (plus dog, Barney) seek to find the legacy of Lara’s father who died looking for treasure in Egypt when she was just a baby.
When Logan, her adventure-film star uncle (with his show now ended and him completely broke) arrives to baby sit the kids when Mom goes on a business trip, the kids discover photos and letters from Lara’s dad in a box. They learn of the Temple Treasure which some “bad guys” are trying to find so they can steal. They want to save the treasure, so, along with Dee, Logan’s ex-girlfriend, who happens to have a plane and lots of money, they fly to Cairo.
Along the way, they are helped by taxi-drivers, museum workers, tour guides, and boat renters. They also pick up a 12-year-old girl, Mae, who helps them in translating the language. Step by step they find clues (and people) who know a little bit more and they follow the trail, just barely staying out of traps and near-death incidents, and ahead of the bad guys. As soon as each problem is surmounted and they can take a breath, another harrowing experience confronts them. Finally, when Logan and Dee are kidnapped, it’s up to the kids to find the treasure and rescue the adults.
Kids in this age group will eat up the story, the danger, the exotic settings (including a 15-foot Nile Alligator), and deciphering the clues and twists.
The narrator makes it all the more fun with his funny voices to match the adult characters.