Sons of the Sphinx

Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Middle Grade

By Cheryl Carpinello

Publisher : Silver Quill Publishing

Sons of the Sphinx

ABOUT Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello
I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-a More...


Follow a ghost into the past? Are you crazy?

Yeah, I probably am, but then I also hear the dead.

If you dare, come with me back to 1330 BC Egypt with the ghost of King Tut!

Besides leaving part of my soul in Ancient Egypt, here is the story behind my book. Sons of the Sphinx is based on the schism that shot through ancient Egypt when, according to historians, the Pharaoh Akhenaten turned his back on Thebes and the gods of Egypt. He built his own city to honor his god the Aten, and he insisted that the people of Egypt do the same. Along with this, he supposedly refused to send troops to defend Egypt's borders thus incurring the wrath of the then General Horemheb. When Tutankhamen becomes pharaoh, he reverses Akhenaten's proclamations and returns the governing center to Thebes and the worship back to the god Amun. However, the damage has been done, and by the time Horemheb attains pharaoh status, he has proclaimed the betrayal of the Egyptian people by Akhenaten so widely and so much, all members of the family including Tutankhamen, Ankhsenamun, and Ay are dishonored. The historical significance of my story is the main reason I was able to write Sons of the Sphinx. Needing to help right a wrong done over 3000 years ago and reunite the boy king with his queen (whose tomb has yet to be identified or found), allows my protagonist Rosa the opportunity to come to terms with who she is and what her place is in this world.

"Ancient history and fantasy mingle in Sons of the Sphinx. In a series of short, fast-paced chapters, Carpinello takes this fairly standard YA fare and makes something very lively and sometimes quite touching out of it.
Recommended for fans of historical YA." Historical Novel Society

"Sons of the Sphinx is an engaging work of fiction that incorporates many fascinating historical facts that are skillfully intertwined within the pages of a truly terrific read.  Sons of the Sphinx comes highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval." Literary Classics

"Cheryl Carpinello is a very talent writer that has you living the lives of these characters as you’re reading this story, you can almost smell the spices or the perfume that's in the air or feel the sun on your skin will traveling through the desert." An Amazon Review

"...Sons of the Sphinx is a riveting madcap ride through a fascinating time in Ancient Egypt’s history. Readers meet not only King Tut but his controversial father, King Akenhaten, and his famous stepmother, Queen Nefertiti. Insights are given into ancient life, and Egyptian mythology is explored. Best of all, the story is both fun and educational." An Amazon Review

"A definitely different take on Egyptian lore and when a long dead pharaoh makes an appearance in a young high school girl's room, she's really not ready for what comes next. It was a quick read with some humor and sarcasm in a good way(of course)." An Amazon Review

"CROSSING THE SANDS OF TIME—The author has done a marvelous job of negotiating the disputed points of this era and woven them into a seamless time travel historical adventure for middle grade, teen readers and adults. Her characters are well-developed and manage to appear authentic in both the ancient and modern time periods." An Amazon Review