A Cry From Egypt Review

“Up until 3-ish reading A Cry in Egypt! Do not wake UP!” That pretty much says it all for this review. You can read the rest if you like, or you could save time and go buy the book right now.

Some of you may be old enough to remember picky eater Mikey in the old Life Cereal commercial. “He won’t eat it; he hates everything,” the brother says. Well, I have a “Mikey” of my own when it comes to reading. Books that Miss Fashionista will read on her own have been few and far between.

It’s not her fault, and it is a pretty sad story of how she came to be that way. Those of you who have dealt with criticism about homeschooling or those who have had impatient teachers in their lives will understand.

When Miss Fashionista was younger, around first grade or so, we were just beginning to pick up speed in reading, and lessons were going well. I knew she was more right brained with an artistic streak, and conventional reading lessons weren’t going to click with her. I was not worried. I had found just the right curriculum for her, and I knew that independent reading skills and a love for stories would soon bloom.

Unfortunately, over the holiday break, a relative with other opinions “tested” her reading skills according to his expectations and found her lacking. From there he proceeded to pressure and ridicule her about her reading abilities. It was horrible.

Everything we had worked so hard to build burned to the ground that season. From that point on, she was convinced that she was dumb, and she no longer wanted to learn to read. Devastated and heartbroken, we worked hard to rebuild what had been lost, but the way was much rockier and more difficult than it should have been.

Miss Fashionista is now in 8th grade, and she is reading at grade level, but she is not one of those given to curling up with a good book and staying up into the wee hours to finish Just. One. More. Chapter.

Until now.

Hope Auer is a young writer who has been creating stories for many years already. She is the author of A Cry From Egypt, the historical fiction story of a young Hebrew slave in Egypt prior to the Exodus. Each chapter is filled with drama and suspense woven around the dangers and trials of those who witnessed the ten plagues that fell upon Pharaoh and his people.

One night before bed, I asked Miss Fashionista to check it out for me before we started reading it aloud together later in the week. Turns out, she couldn’t put it down until she finished it. I woke up to the note outside her bedroom door the next morning. When she did get up the next day, the first thing she said to me was “Mom! You have to buy the next book! Order it now!” Unfortunately, I had to tell her that it wasn’t quite written yet – that part at the end of the book was just a sample of the next book Hope is working on. This first book in The Promised Land series is still in pre-production mode itself.

I have worked as a writing teacher and editor for for my entire adult life. I have read more stories from young authors than I can count, but Hope’s work is the first to make me think of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and Frank Perretti when I read it. The action flows so well, it is hard to put it down. The characters and their mannerisms are genuine and entirely believable. They are so fully developed that even adults will enjoy it. Miss Fashionista loved the main character’s courage and her family’s willingness to risk their own lives for each other. But it’s not all happy circumstance. At times, we couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. At other times, we were reaching for a tissue along the way. Miss Auer has a talent for drawing in a reader’s emotions and enabling us to to experience the story – as all the great works of fiction do.

I could go on and on about the book, but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. You and your family just have to read it. You will love it! You can order A Cry From Egypt on Hope’s blog where she also shares tips and encouragement for other writers. Whether you are studying ancient history this year or not, you won’t want to miss this book. It is a great read for all ages.

I was blessed with a pre-publication copy of A Cry From Egypt as part of the SchoolHouse Review Crew. The fully published book can’t come on the market soon enough! Click the image below to hop through a number of other blogs with additional reviews of this book and others from Raising Real Men and Great Water’s Press.


Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine alone.

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