The Hour of the Cobra by Maiya Williams

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This sequel to the award-winning time-travel adventure, The Golden Hour, takes readers to Cleopatra's Egypt

This time fourteen-year-old Xanthe leads the adventure as the four time-traveling kids from The Golden Hour make a trip back to ancient Egypt to rescue the library at Alexandria from destruction by Caesar's troops. Xanthe is particularly excited to visit Egypt, where she hopes to get a glimpse of Cleopatra. But she gets more than the quick peek she bargained for when young Cleopatra mistakes her for the goddess Isis. The princess begs Xanthe to intervene in a royal feud between Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy. Xanthe, who's feeling overshadowed by her own brother, Xavier, is tempted to help the princess, thus changing history and setting off a chain of events that traps Rowan and Nina in time limbo.

The Egyptian setting and action-packed plot makes this a particularly exciting installment in the series, and the African American heroine is a welcome addition to the ranks of fantasy protagonists.

Awards and praise for The Golden Hour, the prequel to The Hour of the Cobra
Book Sense Pick
International Reading Association Intermediate Fiction Award
Southern California Booksellers' Association Children's Book Prize
"A trip well worth taking." -The New York Times
"One of the few fantasies with any African American characters..." - Booklist
"Action-packed and laden with good-natured humor, Williams' tale is a journey worth taking." - Publisher's Weekly
 

About Maiya Williams

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Maiya Williams was an editor and vice president of the "HarvMaiya Williams was an editor and vice president of the "Harvard Lampoon" and writer for the TV shows "Rugrats, The Freshard Lampoon" and writer for the TV shows "Rugrats, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", and "MAD TV", which she also produced. Prince of Bel Air", and "MAD TV", which she also produced. She lives with her husband, three children, a labrador retriShe lives with her husband, three children, a labrador retriever, and a variety of fish in Pacific Palisades, Californiaever, and a variety of fish in Pacific Palisades, California. .
 
Published October 1, 2007 by Harry N. Abrams. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Sent to a remote corner of Maine for a month while their grieving father struggles to get his life back in order, Rowan and his younger sister Nina soon discover that Aunts Agatha and Gertrude are seasoned time travelers, pulling artifacts from the past to stock their crowded curio shop.

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So focused is Williams on following Xanthe as she wrestles with her guilt and her conflicting feelings for Xavier, that meetings with Julius Caesar and even an expedition into the bowels of the Great Pyramid to rescue Caesar’s kidnapped young heir Octavian seem just distractions.

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Historical Novel Society

Twins Xavier and Xanthe Alexander travel back in time to the Egypt of Cleopatra, via the magical “alleviators” discovered in a mysterious Maine resort in The Golden Hour.

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