Aussie Book Review- Arkie Sparkle: Time Trap by Petra James #aww2012

Time Trap (Arkie Sparkle, Treasure Hunter, #2) Petra James- Time Trap (Arkie Sparkle #2)

 Format- Paperback

 Source- Review copy

 Publisher- Pan Macmillan

 Publication date- August 2012

 Synopsis- Eleven-year-old Arkie Sparkle’s archaeologist parents have been kidnapped. With the help of her genius cousin TJ and basset hound Cleo, she must find seven treasures across the seven continents in seven days.
DAY 2: China

A mysterious scroll, daylight robbery, the Great Wall of China, the First Emperor

Posing as an Immortal to find the Book of Songs seemed like an excellent idea. But when Arkie and TJ meet the First Emperor of China, they realise they might be trapped in Ancient China – forever! 

Review-   Another great Arkie Sparkle adventure story! Following on from Code Crimson (#1), Time Trap jumps straight into the action with eleven year old Arkie, her genius cousin T.J and dog Cleo ‘time slipping’ back to Ancient China.

It’s day two and Arkie is determined to uncover the next treasure for the kidnappers who have her parent’s hostage. A cryptic scroll leads them to the Great Wall of China but is then stolen- luckily T.J has a photographic memory!

An encounter with the First Emperor of China has Arkie and T.J in a bit of trouble, he believes they are Immortals and holds them captive. Desperate to find the treasure, the Book of Songs they must come up with another plan.

This is such a fun series, suitable for primary school kids, one that I would have loved to read as a child. Consistent with Code Crimson, Time Trap also has plenty of great, informative facts, fashion advice and futuristic technology. I’ll be picking up the third instalment, White Fright very soon!

4/5 rating


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About the author:

Petra is Australian, but we have a Charlie Carter situation and the author is not available.

This is the first series written by Petra James.

Unfortunately, very little is known about her. Like the treasure hunters in her books, she prefers to blend into her surroundings.

Also in the Arkie Sparkle series:

Code Crimson (Arkie Sparkle, Treasure Hunter, #1)

This book was read as part of the AWW2012 challenge:

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