Lost in Petra by Melissa Mahle

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The authors leave several pieces of the puzzle missing, paving the way for the second installment of this promising series.
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Eleven-year old Anatolia Steppe arrives in Petra and finds her mother missing. But that’s not unusual. Her mom’s an archaeologist who often disappears into the wild—places with no indoor plumbing or connection to the Internet.

An odd encounter with a ministry official offering protection sends Ana into the confusing maze of streets as she decides to find her mother herself. Instead she encounters an antiquities collector who ends up dead, a fortuneteller who knows too much, and a key to what is lost. Ana begins to suspect the secret package from her mother she carries wrapped in muslin is much more than just a clue to an ancient Nabatean treasure, the fabled Horde of the Golden Girdle.

In a world where djinn play mean tricks and someone’s always watching, Ana finds a friend in a boy named Gordy. Together they track tomb robbers, uncover a spy, and discover much more than gold and silver.

A surprising twist may even prove to be the end for Ana, as she discovers no one is who they appear to be.

About Melissa Mahle

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Melissa Mahle is a former CIA Intelligence officer...a.k.a.spy. She was one of a handful of female operations officers fluent in Arabic, working in the Middle East to keep Americans safe. Since leaving the CIA in 2002, Melissa has embarked on a new career as an author, Hollywood film advisor and media commentator. Her first book, Denial and Deception: An Insider's View of the CIA from Iran-contra to 9/11, was published in 2005 by Nation Books. Melissa is active in youth programs at the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. and has consulted on several spy thrillers. Her recent film credits include, SALT starring Angelina Jolie and Hanna with Saoirse Roman and Cate Blanchett. Melissa was featured in the documentary Secrecy, which opened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. Kathryn Dennis began her career in New York as an advertising art director where she first started putting words and pictures together. Returning to Seattle, she spent several years working for Microsoft designing packaging and marketing materials. After completing the fiction writing program at the University of Washington, a chance workshop at Hugo House started her journey of writing for children. She won the 2006 SCBWI Kimberly Colen Grant for her first picture book, as an author/illustrator. James is an authority on Internet & multiplayer gaming
Published April 11, 2012 by SpyGirls Press. 247 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.
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on Apr 22 2013

The authors leave several pieces of the puzzle missing, paving the way for the second installment of this promising series.

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