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The glittering eye

The glittering eye

Adlington, L. J. (Lucy J.), 1970-

Two narratives interweave and intrigue, as the past and present collide beneath the heat of the glittering Egyptian sun

Paperback, Book. English. Fantasy fiction. Children's stories.
Published London: Hodder Children's, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: L.J. Adlington
ISBN: 034095681X, 9780340956816
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 309 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Space and time Juvenile fiction.; Excavations (Archaeology) Egypt Juvenile fiction.; Egypt Antiquities Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5.1
Interest Level: MY
Points: 9
Quiz Number: 216884

Author note

L. J. Adlington is a writer, actress and costume historian. She lives in the north of England with a cat the size of a small armchair. She loves climbing volcanoes, watching crime dramas and reading fairy-tales. She is very good at eating chocolate. Her novels for teenagers weave together past, present, future and fantasy. Her latest novel Night Witches is set on a war-torn world, with a darkly complex and powerful heroine.


A highly distinctive novel...Addlington's writing is crisp and clear and the parallels she draws between the two worlds subtely nuanced. A clever, poignant novel...succeeding in being a page-turner whilst also allowing genuine reflection.
Books for Keeps||Readers of all ages will find this piece of sheer escapism quite enthralling.
Hull Daily Mail||The story timeslips between the ancient past and the present in a very satisfactory way.
Carousel||Unexpected and intriguing.
The Irish Times||'exciting and brilliantly crafted'
School Librarian||'an ideal summer read for teens'
The Bookbag||'What originally looks like a conventional time-slip novel takes some unexpected, and intriguing, turns into Egyptian mythology.'
Irish Times||'an amazing novel'
Chicklish||'an exciting, intriguing, and compelling story ... L.J. Adlington is a writer to watch. Outstanding, and highly recommended!'
Write Away||

Peer Reveiws:

'Fantastic, imaginative, addictive and interesting.' Amanda, age 12
'I thought the book was full of exciting events and it fired up my imagination. It really grabbed my attention and interest.' Siham, age 14
'Interesting, informative, brilliant, entrancing.' Zo?, age 14
'I loved this book! I enjoyed learning about Egypt and following Amy and Shabti in two worlds...L J Adlington creates a great understanding of Egyptian artefacts and the blossoming romance between Amy and Jason.' Lyronne, age 14
'A compelling and mysterious book, with beautiful descriptions and a brilliant storyline.' Danielle, age 13
'I thought that the cover was brilliant and really went well with the theme of the story inside.' Tarsha, age 13

Peer Review Group||

'a convincingly told and gripping story'

TES||... catches you by the throat and it doesn't let you go even when you have read the last paragraph. This is a brilliant example of storytelling at its most seductive ... a fastpaced, utterly absorbing novel that is hard to put down ...
Sunday Morning Post, John Millen||L J Adlington's spare and concise voice brings Pelly D vividly to life ... will intrigue and grip from the first diary entry to the open-ended and chilling conclusion.
Pocklington Post||Written in the breathless, racy style of a young teenager, Pelly's diaries just keep you reading ... It gives an old theme a fresh twist ...
York Evening Press||... a clever, unusual story that readers looking for something different will find captivating. The book reveals its secrets slowly with maximum impact.
South China Morning Post||Adlington has crafted an original and disturbing dystopian fantasy told in a smart and sympathetic teen voice.
Booklist||This book is one thing: amazing.
Voya||'In this powerful debut novel, Adlington deftly sketches in the background to Pelly D's increasingly totalitarian world, whilst allowing her sparky heroine centre stage.'
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