Chronicles of the Stone


Carving of an ancient scarab
The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab was my very first adventure in the world of writing. Inspired by an actual trip to Egypt, it began as a short story, but ended up being a book, and then a book series. Perhaps it was the mysterious atmosphere of Egypt itself that brought this adventure to life? Who knows where inspiration comes from... I owe it all to my feisty mother, sadly now deceased, who started all the trouble by insisting we take my two young nephews to Egypt. Our experiences formed the basis for an amazing adventure that I hope you will embark upon by reading the book. Contact me if you'd like to review The Secret of the Sacred Scarab.

Author: Fiona Ingram

My nephews about to ride a camel at the Great Pyramid!

Publisher: iUniverse,

ISBN: 9781908400215 (Kindle)
ISBN: 9780595457168 (Paperback) 

Publication date: 1 December 2008
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, adventure, 272 pages (includes map and graphics).
Age group: 10-14

Book Award Nominations and Wins:

  • Finalist Children's Fiction  USA Next Generation 2009 Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist Juvenile Fiction USA National Best Books 2009 Awards
  • Winner Pre-Teen USA 2009 Readers' Favorites Awards
  • Number 2 in the USA Children's and Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favourite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens and Teens
  • Winner Silver Medal Teen Fiction 2010 Nautilus Book Awards
  • Finalist Children’s Fiction 2010 International Book Awards
  • Winner Bronze Medal Pre-Teen Fiction 2010 Moonbeam Book Awards
  • Finalist 2011 Rubery Book Awards
  • Winner Gold Award Mystery Pre-Teen 2011 Children’s Literary Classics Awards
  • 2nd Place in the 2011 YA Sharpwrit Book Awards
  • Gold Medal 2013 Wise Bear Book Awards Winner

Description: A thrilling adventure for two young boys, whose fun trip to Egypt turns into a dangerously exciting quest to uncover an ancient and mysterious secret.

Book Synopsis: A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life when a scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realise they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They survive terrifying dangers in a hostile environment (such as a giant cobra, as well as sinking sand), pursued by enemies in their quest to solve the secret of the sacred scarab. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out. They must also learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive … only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!

Young explorers will enjoy an interactive journey through Egypt, following Justin and Adam’s exciting adventure on Readers can also browse the first chapter of the book. Those who survive the journey and manage to translate the Curse of Thoth will be able to read the first chapter in Adam and Justin’s next adventure—The Search for the Stone of Excalibur—as they hunt for the Scroll of the Ancients.

Readers can purchase The Secret of the Sacred Scarab on, Barnes & Noble Book Stores, as well as many online stores.

About the Author: Fiona Ingram (B.A., Hons. (Natal), M.A., (Wits)) was born and educated in South Africa, and has worked as a full-time journalist and editor. Her interest in ancient history, mystery, and legends, and her enjoyment of travel has resulted in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, the first in her exciting children’s adventure series—Chronicles of the Stone.

Contact Fiona Ingram by email if you would like to review any books in the series.

The Young Explorer’s Companion to The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

What would any adventure book be without a Companion Guide to help young explorers along their journey? There is so much information about Egypt and so many wonderful legends and stories that I was almost honour bound to create this wonderful guide. This is a must for young readers, teachers, librarians and budding Egyptologists.

Discover the story behind The Secret of the Sacred Scarab and meet the real life boys who inspired the series. Find out who was the Scarab King, and learn the secrets of Ancient Egypt. Tips on creative writing will turn kids into budding authors. Visit Egypt with cool class activities.

Take the quiz and find out how much you really know about Ancient Egypt. Pictures include drawings by real-life hero, Adam Sinclair. Bonus material includes the first chapters of Book 2: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur and Book 3: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper. Join Justin and Adam in their search for the Seven Stones of Power.

Publisher: Fiona Ingram    
ISBN: 9781908400215 (Kindle)
Publication date: November 2013
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, adventure, 164 pages (includes map and graphics).
Age group: 10-14

Available on Amazon, B&N, and online stores.

The Search for the Stone of Excalibur

Description: A thrilling adventure for two young boys, whose fun trip to Egypt turns into a dangerously exciting quest to uncover an ancient and mysterious secret, leading them to Britain, King Arthur and the Dark Ages.
Book Synopsis: Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur.

However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Time is running out as the confluence of the planets draws closer. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them?

King Arthur fighting the Saxons. From the Rochefoucauld Grail.
Join Justin and Adam as they search not only for the second Stone of Power, but also for the Scroll of the Ancients, a mysterious document that holds important clues to the Seven Stones of Power. As their adventure unfolds, they learn many things and face dangers that make even their perils in Egypt look tame. And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped.
Book extras include some historical background on King Arthur, the Dark Ages, warfare and weaponry during Arthur’s time, and details on Excalibur. A fascinating peek into the life and times of the real King Arthur, perfect for young time travelers and budding archaeologists. Fans will be delighted to read chapter one of Book 3: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.
Author: Fiona Ingram
Publisher: Biblio Publishing
ISBN: 978-1622492183 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1622492190 (Kindle)
ISBN 10: 1622492188
ASIN: B00O97QG94
Publication date: October 2014
Genre: Juvenile Fiction/YA (ages 10-14), 376 pages
Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other bookstores.

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