Hot Key Books are a UK based publisher who publish ‘stand out, quality fiction’ for 9-19 year olds. Every time I go and check out their website to see what they’ve got coming up I add most of their books to my TBR pile. They have introduced me to some wonderful new authors and some really original stories, including the marvelous Fleur Hitchcock. Last year I loved her debut book, Shrunk, so when I heard she had a new book coming out I had to grab it. The Trouble with Mummies is her latest book and it’s sure to have kids roaring with laughter.
Sam comes home one day to find his family turning strange – his mum is redecorating using hieroglyphics and his dad is building a pyramid in the back garden. He hopes it’s just a weird new fashion… but then the strangeness starts to spread. With the help of his friends Ursula, Henry and Lucy the Goat, Sam must save his town from rampaging Roman rugby players, hairdressers turned cavewomen, and a teacher who used to be a ‘basket of kittens’ but now wants to sacrifice the Year Ones to the Aztec sun god. As history invades Sam’s world, will he be able to keep the Greeks away from the Egyptians and discover the cause of the Mummy madness?
The Trouble with Mummies is a crazy adventure, where history comes alive and the kids have to solve the mystery before it’s too late. When Sam’s parents start acting weirdly he gets the feeling something strange is going on. Then his teacher dresses up in a wetsuit covered in feathers, and his PE teacher lines his class up in ranks and throws a javelin at them, so Sam knows that things aren’t right. The people in his town get weirder and weirder and it’s up to Sam and his friends to figure out what is causing them to act so strangely. Is it something they ate or drunk or have they all just lost their minds?
Fleur brings her love of history into the story with the different ancient peoples. Sam’s parents become Egyptians, painting the house with hieroglyphics and building a pyramid, Miss Primrose becomes an Aztec and plans to sacrifice Sam’s friend Henry, and Ursula’s parents become Trojans. It’s the perfect book for those kids who are really interested in history and ancient civilizations in particular. If you know a Horrible Histories fan, you need to get them this book. If your kids don’t already love history, then this book might just get them hooked. You’ll certainly never look at your museum the same way again!
The thing I love the most about Fleur’s books is that they are unique stories full of imagination that are aimed at younger readers. Forget Zac Power and Beast Quest, get your boys reading Shrunk and The Trouble with Mummies and they’ll be hooked on books. Both of Fleur’s books also make great read alouds and they’re bound to have both you and your children laughing out loud.
What better way to hook readers in than show them the Hot Key Books ‘What’s in it?’ book key – Cavemen, Pyramids, Romans and Beards. Who wouldn’t want to read a book with all that in it?
Check out this video of Fleur Hitchcock reading the first chapter of The Trouble with Mummies: