Flyntlock Bones The Sceptre of the Pharaohs


Flyntlock Bones doesn’t have many options when he applies to become cabin boy aboard The Black Hound. The orphanage’s Matron has booted him out, finally, and he’s left alone. Yet it seems his landlubber ways may mean he’s unsuited to a life at sea, unless there’s something else about him. Could it be his ability to solve puzzles? For it seems that Flynn has joined a pirate investigation team, the finest on the high seas! Not only that, but if he manages a week at sea, there’s a chance of a permanent place!

Can Flynn steer clear of the malevolent Drudger, former cabin boy, and take up the tips of ship’s rigger, Red? It seems there’s a case to solve almost as soon as the ship steers its way out of Baskerville Harbour. The museum at the Isle of Tut has been ransacked, smashed to smithereens. What is going on? What are the thieves after? Could there be a clue in the half sheet of map that Flynn alights upon? What might it have to do with the pirate ship The Scurvy Serpent?

Flyntlock Bones The Sceptre of the Pharaohs is the first in a trilogy of stories. Bookwagon recommends this title to readers moving on from early chapter books into middle grade fiction. The story is bright, pacy and really entertaining, elevated by intricate and fascinating illustrations. What a cracker!

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Flyntlock Bones The Sceptre of the Pharaohs

Derek Keilty and Mark Elvins

(Scallywag Press)

Flyntlock Bones The Sceptre of the Pharaohs opens a hale and hearty new trilogy of stories. There’s little option for Flynn other than to try his hand as cabin boy aboard Captain Watkins’ ‘Black Hound’. After all, the orphanage’s Matron has thrown him out! Yet Flynn’s landlubber legs and a malevolent crew member could mean his week’s trial is all for nothing. Is it possible that Flynn’s clue cracking might be useful to this pirate crew? It seems that piracy is a cover for the group, who’ve established themselves as ‘the cleverest pirate investigators ya ever set eyes upon.’ 
All too soon, Flynn is on the mark, swabbing decks and climbing the mast with Red, while the Black Hound’s headed to a case on the Isle of Tut. Great pyramids and Gypshun treasures await in a ransacked museum. Yet why would the museum be smashed to smithereens unless the robbers were after something specifically… Flynn smells a snaky rat, and it’s somewhere around the pirate ship of Morihearty that’s lurking about the coast.
Bookwagon is really excited by Flyntlock Bones The Sceptre of the Pharaohs. This is a pacy, captivating book that we recommend to readers moving onto more complex middle grade books. Furthermore, its language, characters and brilliant illustrations and maps are so entertaining! We look forward to the next case with Flyntlock Bones- Flyntlock Bones: The Eye of Mogdrod.


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