Sun Thief by Jamie Buxton

Sun Thief

Written by Jamie Buxton

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Ancient Egypt provides the setting for this gripping story, more precisely Thebes and the court of Akhenaten. The central character has no name: he’s referred to in the main as Boy, later variously as Boy Who Did Not Bow to the King, and Twice Born. Anonymous he may be, but he’s a complete character – smart, honourable, kinder than he should be. Taken by a tomb robber from the place he knows as home, he finds himself at the king’s court, surrounded by danger and intrigue. The historical setting is really well described, and integral to the action. Boy’s extra names give a hint of the adventures that make this such a satisfying story. ~ Andrea Reece


Sun Thief by Jamie Buxton

From the author of the critically acclaimed Temple Boys, comes a story of adventure and mystery set at the time of the Crucifixion. With a compelling mix of fictional characters in a historically accurate apart from an exciting read this is also useful as extra reading for school as Ancient Egypt is studied at KS2.

Boy was plucked out of the River Nile as a baby. He now works at the local inn, making the plates and beakers from mud, as well as beautiful model animals that everyone loves. They live in the shadow of the Great Pyramid, working hard and trying not to run foul of the new king, who has banned all the old gods and closed the temples.

Then a mysterious stranger comes to the inn. He takes Boy to King Akenaten's city, where his artistic talent is put to use on the unfinished sculpture of Queen Nefertiti's head. But it soon becomes clear that something darker is being plotted...


Praise for Temple Boys

'Few modern children’s writers dare to tackle the story of Jesus Christ but Jamie Buxton’s Temple Boys sidesteps the God trap with wit and heart ... Whatever your beliefs, this is an outstanding book, both funny and serious.’ Amanda Craig, New Statesman

'The endearing character of Flea shines out like a star.' Daily Mail

About the Author

Jamie Buxton

Jamie Buxton read English at Cambridge and has been writing all his adult life. He taught in States for a while and splits his time between London, Dartmoor, his car, local cafes who are sick of the sight of him, and libraries when he can find one. He is married with one child, plus dog, cats and all their fleas. He has also travelled extensively in the middle east, which is what inspired Temple Boys as a new way of telling the most famous story ever told. He had to go beyond the sights, sounds and smells of old Jerusalem to try and understand what an ordinary boy would do if he came across a man who said he could save the world.

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 10


Jamie Buxton
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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd

Publication date

4th June 2015




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