The Scorpions of Zahir by Christine Brodien-Jones

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Zagora Pym has always wanted to be a desert explorer. Her father, Charlie Pym, is exactly that, and she's always loved to look over his maps of far away exotic places. One day she'd be trekking through the deserts of Africa and China, discovering hidden treasures from lost tribes. But Zagora would never have guessed that her chance to prove herself would come so soon. Like most adventures, it starts with a mysterious letter. The question is, how will this adventure end?

Zagora's dreams of desert exploration are about to come ture, but are she and her father and brother being followed? And will they ever make it back to civilization?

About Christine Brodien-Jones

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CHRISTINE BRODIEN-JONES studied writing at Emerson College in Boston, and has been a journalist, an editor, and a teacher. She now splits her time between Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Deer Isle, Maine. Look for her other book for young readers, The Owl Keeper, available from Delacorte Press.

Author Residence: Gloucester, MA
Published July 10, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 384 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Combine a complicated and not entirely explained premise involving the link between a mysterious planet and a half-buried desert city, giant scorpions with the power to communicate, and an eccentric cast of characters, and you’ve got a wild ride indeed.

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If Yegen's dastardly cousin can be held at bay, and Zagora can trust a young woman from the surviving Azimuth, and the camels would cooperate, and Dad can be saved from his kidnappers, and Zagora's uncanny gift of "desert sight" proves reliable, and Duncan can quit whining, then the stone might b...

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