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Jake Atlas - tomb robber, treasure hunter, troublemaker!


When Jake's parents vanish, Jake and his sister team up with shady tomb robbers to find them in the Egyptian desert in this riveting page-turning adventure by award-winning author Rob Lloyd Jones. The Atlas family is in trouble: Jake hides an addiction to stealing; his twin sister, Pan, has to conceal her genius, for fear of bullies. The siblings can't stop fighting - with each other and with their parents, stuffy professors of Ancient History. But Jake's and Pan's lives take a dramatic turn the day they discover the truth about their boring mum and dad. When the family go to Cairo on holiday, and Jake and Pan's parents mysteriously vanish, it's up to the twins to find them. They team up with shady tomb robbers, master high-tech gadgets and locate a lost tomb in this story of a family that finds itself in the deserts of Egypt.

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This is Book 1 in the Jake Atlas Series. See all Jake Atlas books here.

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6th February '17
Ewanm read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake 9781406361445
5 stars
Action packed and full of adventure, I couldn't stop reading, the chapters are not too long, which means you can pick it up and read even if you've only got a few minutes, I really enjoyed this book.
31st December '16
Victorian Girl read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake 9781406361445
5 stars
I was lucky enough to win a proof copy of this book through Toppsta, which means I had a chance to read it before it is published for the general public! It is about a boy called Jake and his sister, Pan, who are always arguing and upsetting their parents. Jake is addicted to action, sometimes only fulfilling himself by stealing things and the book is written from his perspective. Pan is a genius because she can remember every word she ever reads, but tries to hide this from others. Their parents seem to be boring historians. 

The family go on a holiday to Egypt where the parents disappear. Jake and Pan meet the mysterious Dr Kit Thorn and his assistant Sami who appear to be tomb robbers. Jake and Pan have to work together and use their skills including being good at stealing and remembering Egyptian history from books, to find their parents. They have to use lots of gadgets such as weapons and special glasses to help them.

My favourite character was Pan because she was clever and daring.

The book was scary in many parts as Jake and Pan have to battle many frightening enemies in different forms. This made the book very exciting and most enjoyable. You should certainly read this book!
12th February '17
I read it to Hstar aged 9 aged 9 & to Jemt aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This was a brilliant book we could not put it down, every page and chapter was gripping a real page turner.  Both my son and daughter loved this story lots of action and lots of problem solving.  It really was a mix of Indiana Jones and Mission Impossible.  We really hope there is another book in this series.
11th July '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake 9781406361445
5 stars
Rob Lloyd Jones’ new children’s book is packed with action from beginning to end, and is definitely fast paced. Narrated by Jake Atlas we meet the Atlas family, John the father, Jane the mother, and Jake and Pandora or Pan as she is often called, who are twelve and a half year old twins.

For the children it is a bit exciting as the family are going on holiday. Both their parents are Egyptologists and are attending meetings and lectures in Cairo. For Jake, who always manages to get into trouble a strange thing happens before they even board the plane in this country, but things are about to get a whole lot stranger. When the Atlas adults mysteriously disappear it is up to Jake and Pan to find them and learn what is really going on.

As the twins become entangled with others so the story really speeds up the pace and excitement. With daring hunts and escapes, conspiracies and machinations it certainly looks like the children are up to their arms in it all, and they find out the secrets that their parents have kept from them.

If you were to take Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider and Spy Kids and mix them together then you will have some idea what this book is like. It certainly makes for an action packed adventure that is full of excitement and makes for some great escapism, as well as having lots of cool gadgets.

I was very kindly provided with an advanced copy of this by the publisher for reviewing purposes
21st February '17
PosyPie read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake 9781406361445
5 stars
This book is amazing. No, absolutely, amazingly fabulous. Jake and his twin sister pan have to go on a life changing adventure to find their parents that have been caught by an 'evil' organisation meanwhile discovering fantastic secrets about their parents. If you like murder mysteries you will DEFIANTLY like this book. So READ IT NOW!
12th January '17
I read it myself aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This book was jam-packed of action. Whenever you thought it had ended,there was always more to come, that was even better than before. I loved it!
27th December '16
Leonjames read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
Wow this book was a great read, so thrilling and full of action. I couldn't put the book down it was that good. I wasn't sure if I'd like this book but I love it and the Indian Jones feel to it. Jake and pan are my favourite characters in the book. They are both different and can't stop fighting but then have to work together to help their parents . Will be looking for more books from the author now as I enjoyed this book. 
27th December '16
I read it to Hermione aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
This book is amazing! I was a bit scared when their parents were lost. The end was still happy. Please read this book!
15th January '17
Aaronthecooldude read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake 9781406361445
5 stars
A proper Boys Own Adventure that set me in mind if a bygone era. The author has bravely chosen to make his hero Jake a flawed character by revealing early on that he's a relentless thief. It's brave because the target audience are just beginning to examine flaws in themselves, and in Jake they can see some form of redemption. Jake's sister is pretty much the opposite, an oddly flawed character with a secret genius. Putting botj of these characters in a tomb raiding Egyptian adventure makes for a thrilling story which will be thoroughly enjoyed by boys of a certain age. 
25th March '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake 9781406361445
4 stars
I initially became aware of this book through Toppsta: my son requested it as a giveaway but didn't win it. I thought that it looked really good and he was disappointed that he had missed the opportunity to read it so I bought a copy. I'm glad that I did.

The story is centered on two children - a boy named Jake and a girl named Pan - who are twelve-and-a-half and twins. Their parents are historians interested in ancient Egyptology and the story opens as they all go to Egypt on a work related holiday. In the hotel on the first night, the family have an argument and, the following morning, the children find that their parents are gone.

The tale that follows is a fast-paced adventure that twists and turns its way to the climax of the book. Annoyingly, although there is a resolution, it is not the end; as I write this review, there isn't a sequel but the close of the book certainly cried out for one and I will have to buy it if/when it is published as I am hooked!

The author says that he was attempting to merge Indiana Jones with Mission: Impossible and I think he's managed it beautifully. There is excitement, danger, ancient history and high-tech equipment. The balance between historical facts, peril and technology is perfect.

I was looking for something new to read with my class of Year 5 and 6 and so I read it first. Although it is aimed at the pre-teen reader, it held my interest very effectively; I read it over two evenings and enjoyed every page. I will definitely pass it onto my 10-year-old soon to read next and I will also recommend it as a free-reader text to my pupils. I don't, however, feel it's suitable as a whole class read as the vocabulary is not as challenging as I would like in a whole-class read. Also, some parents might want to note that there is a reference to swearing (no actual bad language is used) which I would not feel was appropriate if reading to my class (I'd feel the need to skip it) but is probably fine if being read individually.

To summarise my very long review (sorry!), I really enjoyed the story and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who has read and enjoyed Alex Rider novels. It should speak to both boys and girls and is probably suitable for around 9-12 year-olds.
2nd April '17
I read it myself aged 10 aged 10
Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake 9781406361445
4 stars
I really enjoyed this book because it was very fast paced and enjoyable. The author says that he tried to make a mix of Indiana Jones and Mission Impossible and he succeeded. It has one major twist very early on. I recommend this book to 9-14 year olds. It's like a film on pages. Jake is mischievous and his sister Pan is smart but she doesn't like the fact that she is. There was nothing I didn't like.
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About Rob Lloyd Jones

Rob Lloyd Jones never wanted to be a writer when he grew up – he wanted to be Indiana Jones! So he studied Egyptology and archaeology, and went on expeditions to strange places. But all he found were interesting stories, so he decided to write them down.  Rob has won a string of awards, including the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, The Phoeni...

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