The Chronicles Of The Stone Series

Writing a children’s book was an unexpected step, inspired by a trip to Egypt. In fact, I should say I owe it all to my mother, who read about a tour to Egypt in a family magazine. I wasn’t sure about Egypt because Europe is more to my liking, but Mother was insistent and so I agreed. We took my two nephews along for the ride, and they became the “models” for the two young heroes of the book, Justin and Adam Sinclair.

The story of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for my nephews (then 10 and 12). When we got back to South Africa and had admired the photos and sorted out the souvenirs, I wanted to give them something special so they could remember the trip. I picked up a writing pad and a red ballpoint pen (I remember the colour so clearly) and thought … “What’s it called?” Then, without even thinking about it, I wrote the title, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and the first word, Egypt! The rest just seemed to flow. I used the actual trip as the guideline and tried to incorporate the many unusual things that had happened to us, just infusing them with more sinister meaning. With a black-hearted villain like Dr. Khalid for an arch-enemy, it wasn’t too difficult.

This short story grew into a children’s book, the first in the adventure series, Chronicles of the Stone. It had to become a series because, by the end of the first book, I realized that the children couldn’t possibly save the world in one book … they’d have to carry on. The story just grew from there. When I finished the manuscript, I sent three chapters and a polite letter off to 35 British literary agents. In my innocence, I already saw myself as the next J.K. Rowling, with agents clamouring to represent me. What a blow! Out of all the rejections, only two generous agents told me what I needed to know: that I could certainly write, the action was good, the plot was exciting, the characters nicely defined, and that I should cut the book in half and persevere. I took their advice and here I am now, with my first book under my belt, and the second and third in the pipeline.

The book has done me proud and won more than a few nominations and awards. Although it hasn’t been easy, I learned an incredible amount in a very short space of time. Writing articles is not the same as writing books, so the world of book publishing has been an entirely new experience.

I have finished the next book in the series – The Search for the Stone of Excalibur – a huge treat for young King Arthur fans. The first chapter is up on the Secret of the Sacred Scarab website, but you have to endure the Journey, enter the Tomb of the King, and translate the Curse of Thoth to be able to read it. Some exciting news: I have begun Book Three – The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper – and my travels and research will be taking me to Central America soon.


Let The Adventure Begin

The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab
(The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book One)
by Fiona Ingram

A 5000-year-old mystery comes to life in this exciting Middle Grade adventure set in Egypt!

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 learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. 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!

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is the kind of adventure book boys and girls love!

The fast-paced action, the evil villain readers delight in hating, the secrets of the past, and the mysterious ancient setting make this novel a sure-hit favorite for all the young and adventurous at heart.

Ingram’s impeccable and fascinating research into Egyptian history illuminates the adventure and makes the secrets of Egypt’s past as thrilling to the reader as the boys’ dangerous encounters.

Book Review: A family holiday with Aunt Isabel and Gran to Egypt ignites cousins Adam and Justin’s quest for teenage adventure when a peddler who was showing the boys his wares, gives Adam several scarabs when he notices police. Unbeknownst to the boys, one of the scarabs has mystical importance in Egyptian mythology. With the scarabs stored away in Adam’s rucksack, their imagination tells them that there is treasure to be found.

With Eleven Book Award Nominations & Wins, enjoy outstanding story telling with realistic dialog that will draw middle grade and young adult readers into this action, adventure packed, suspenseful, historical fiction that rivals Indiana Jones. Boys will be boys and soon trouble will find them. Careful not to spoil the story, I quote a passage to whet your appetite.

“Quick as a flash, they dashed behind a marble pillar, trying to smother their giggles. “Now what?” Adam said.

Justin grabbed his arm. “I noticed a room leading away from the main hall. It was full of boxes and crates. The lights were off so no one was in there. Let’s go back and see if we can find something interesting.”

They retraced their steps to the small display hall Justin had seen. It contained several cabinets holding statues, and a few stone sarcophagi. Stacks of boxes and wooden crates lined the far wall. They wandered around, looking at the Arabic-inscribed labels and trying to guess what was inside the boxes. It wasn’t long before the sound of echoing footsteps sent them scuttling behind a large sarcophagus.

Two men walked in, speaking Arabic in low voices. Over the next few minutes, the voices floated around the room and then right past Adam and Justin’s hiding place, before finally disappearing near the back. After a moment of silence, they looked at each other, puzzled, and then listened a bit longer to make sure the men had gone. Then they peeked above the sarcophagus to check that the coast was clear before creeping out. They both looked toward the back of the room, where the voices had disappeared.

Adam pointed to a door standing ajar. The door was labeled with an Arabic inscription. “What do you think it says?” he asked, as they walked quietly to the door, giving occasional sideways glances to check they were still alone.

“Um … I have no idea,” Justin said. “It’s probably a notice for the museum staff. That door looks like a fire escape. I think those men we heard went down there.”

Justin pushed the door all the way open. A set of stone steps disappeared into inky darkness. If the men had gone through the door, then there was only one way to go—down.

Frightened and excited, they hesitated on the top step, unsure of whether to investigate.

Justin turned to Adam. “We should follow and see what they’re up to, but you know we’ll get into the worst kind of trouble if we’re caught.”

Adam gave a nervous nod.

Justin grinned. “Then let’s go. We just have to risk it.”

The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book One) by Fiona Ingram is well researched. The book cover art and nine exquisite hand drawn graphics within the book are by South African Artist Lori Bentley.

Thirty-four riveting chapters packed with adventure will keep you turning the pages. Author Fiona Ingram continues the history lessons at the end of the book with a Readers’ Guide to Ancient Egypt that includes “Endnotes that will help book-lovers enjoy the story even more while reading. This additional material will increase your knowledge of the world of ancient Egypt, and help you uncover the meaning of the Stone of Fire and the secret of the sacred scarab. In this glossary, you’ll be able to look up information on words or ideas that you read about in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. It will add to your enjoyment of Adam and Justin’s incredible adventure because there are clues everywhere!”

Theodocia McLean endorses The Secret Of The Sacred Scarab (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book One) by Fiona Ingram as a fictional story illuminated with history that brings Egypt to life for young readers. This first book in The Chronicles Of The Stone Series should be included on summer reading program book lists. The Search for the Stone of Excalibur (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book Two) is also available at Amazon. I purchased and reviewed this book from Kindle and the review was completed on January 24, 2016.

Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 6

Awards: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book One)

  • Finalist Children’s Fiction Next Generation 2009 Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist Juvenile Fiction USA National Best Books 2009
  • Winner Pre-Teen 2009 Readers’ Favorites Awards
  • Number 2 in the Children’s & Teens Book Connection Top Ten Favourite Books of 2009 for Kids, Tweens & 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 2011 YA Sharpwrit Book Awards
  • Winner Gold Medal 2013 Wise Bear Book Awards
  • Finalist 2016 Shelf Unbound Competition for Best Independently Published Book

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The Search For The Stone Of Excalibur
(The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book Two)
by Fiona Ingram

A modern day adventure as our protagonists search for Excalibur and the treasures it holds!

This is a must-read for Middle Graders keen on action, adventure, and Arthurian stories!

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 archeologists 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?

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 Genre: Middle grade (juvenile fiction)

Book Review: The second adventure begins with more twist and turns, plots within plots, mystery and secrets, danger and villains for teens and young adult readers to enjoy.

Our young cousin heroes Adam and Justin Sinclair received this letter and the secret implied is deafening: “Dear Adam and Justin,” James wrote. “I hope you’re both ready for some action because things have been happening faster than I’d expected. I think the second Stone of Power has been discovered, but I can’t say more. I’ve enclosed your air tickets. I’m sure Isabel will persuade your parents that an educational trip to Scotland will be just the thing to fill your July vacation. Looking forward to seeing you both. Your friend, James.”

With their trip secured and the blessings of their parents, Adam and Justin wait at the airport for their Aunt Isabel to chaperone them to Scotland. “Surrounded by their luggage in the departure lounge of Johannesburg Airport, Adam and Justin Sinclair stood with their mouths open, staring at their Aunt Isabel racing toward them, frantic. She had an African girl with her and clutched the child firmly by one hand.”

What teen boy wants a girl tagging along, getting in the way? After all we are talking about real danger here with “Dark Ages warfare and weaponry”, the real “World of King Arthur”, secrets and mysteries surrounding “Strathairn Castle”, ancient writings, dusty museums, tombs and the “six Stones of Power before the confluence of the planets”.

Here is tease from the book: “The weather had changed while they were in the museum. Slate-gray storm clouds darkened the sky and it began to rain hard. As large pelting drops chilled their faces and slid down their necks, they turned up their jacket collars and dashed back in the direction of the flower shop.

Kim suddenly stopped. “What’s that noise?”

Justin and Adam stopped as well. A faint scrabbling noise came from an alley where garbage lay in heaps.

Adam pointed to a trashcan. “Rats.”

Kim shook her head. “No, it was a squeaking noise.”

“Rats squeak,” said Justin with exaggerated patience. “It must be coming from that pile of trash.”

“This was more like a puppy or a kitten squeaking,” Kim said, walking determinedly up to the trashcan.

Justin and Adam rolled their eyes at each other behind her back, but they followed her. Girls. Once they had some idea in their heads, they didn’t give up.

Kim peered behind the trashcan at a small pile of garbage. “There’s something here,” she cried. “I can see an animal.”

“Don’t touch it,” Justin advised her. “It might have a disease.”

Kim ignored him. Crooning softly, she crouched down and pulled away some pieces of soggy newspaper. Underneath the paper lay a small, shivering mound.

“Look, a dog.”

“Be careful—” Adam began to say, but he was too late.”

Eleven strategically placed exquisite hand drawn illustrations by South African artist Lori Bentley bring the story, dialog and characters to life.

Author Fiona Ingram dedicates her Chronicles Of The Stone series “For Young Explorers Everywhere, and for anyone who has ever dreamed of saving the world.”

The author provides detailed, educational information about King Arthur and Excalibur in the back of the book. For a broader educational experience author Fiona Ingram provides ‘The Young Explorer’s Companion-The Official Illustrated Guide to The Search for the Stone of Excalibur: Chronicles of the Stone Book 2’ as a free download.

Theodocia McLean endorses The Search For The Stone Of Excalibur (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book Two) by Fiona Ingram as a fictional story illuminated with history and facts that brings the days of King Arthur to life for young readers. The Chronicles Of The Stone Series should be included in summer reading program book lists and in all libraries. I purchased this book from Kindle and the review was completed on February 4, 2016.

Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 6

Awards: The Search For The Stone Of Excalibur (The Chronicles Of The Stone Series Book Two)

  • Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2015
  • Winner Silver Award Mystery Pre-Teen 2015 Children’s Literary
  • Classics Awards
  • Winner Silver Medal Pre-Teen 2016 Readers’ Favorite Awards

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The Temple Of The Crystal Timekeeper
(The Chronicles Of The Stone Volume 3)
by Fiona Ingram

Join these young heroes on an adventure steeped in the mythology and legends of the ancient Aztec and Maya!

Continuing their thrilling adventures, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair, with their friend Kim Maleka, are now hunting for the third Stone of Power, one of seven mysterious stones lost centuries ago.

The third stone might be located in an ancient city, hidden in the depths of the Mexican jungle. When their small plane crashes in the jungle, Adam, Justin, Kim, and James are rescued by an uncontacted tribe. James, who is wounded, must stay behind as the kids, with only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the city.

River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on in search of the lost city of stone gods. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice.

Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle?

Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

Review: Another action-packed adventure in this thrilling series

By Clio on November 28, 2017

Already a massive fan of the Chronicles of the Stone books, I have waited a long time for the third adventure to be published, impatient to find out what happens next in this exciting series – and I must say that it was well worth the wait!

The scene is set right from the very first page, when the story opens with the young explorers Adam, Justin and Kim in the wreckage of a crashed aeroplane … in the heart of a South American jungle. Shaken, but unhurt, they quickly realise that their pilot, the Scottish archaeologist James Kinnaird, is badly injured and unconscious. James, a friend of the boys’ Aunt Isabel, featured in the last book and is helping the children in their quest to find the mysterious, hidden Stones of Power. How on earth will they be able to get him out of the remains of the smashed aircraft that is stuck high in the towering trees of the rain forest?

Help, however, is at hand. Initially terrified when they find themselves surrounded by a group of natives, the children feel certain that they are about to become the next meal of hungry cannibals. In fact, the “uncontacted” tribe of the Jaguar people, not only rescue James from the wreckage and take care of his injuries, but they also look after the children. The chief gives them valuable information about the nearby ruins of an ancient Maya city and Adam is convinced that they must continue their quest without James. With the help of the chief’s grandson, Tukum, as their guide, they set off through the jungle in search of the lost city, feeling sure that it must be the resting place of the third Stone of Power.

Not wanting to reveal any spoilers, I won’t give away any further details of the story. However, you can be sure that the journey is fraught with danger lurking in every shadow – crocodiles, snakes and the deadly jaguar, to mention but a few. Things become even more life-threatening when the young explorers reach the half-excavated ruins of the Maya city.

Adam’s arch nemesis from the previous adventures, the evil Dr Khalid, has joined forces with a new enemy who goes by the name of Smoking Mirror, and it seems unlikely that the youngsters will escape from the horrific situation they find themselves in. However, Adam’s special powers are becoming more impressive with each adventure. Is he truly an embodiment of the god Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl, or is the magic of the Sacred Scarab at work here? Either way, it is Adam who ultimately saves the day and his character is growing with each passing book.

Adam’s cousin, Justin, has also developed further. Although still impetuous and exasperating in equal measure, he displays a satisfying blend of empathy and maturity when it counts. Kim, too, is now an integral member of the team, taking an active role in the action. Caring and brave, she is proving to be a worthy sidekick to the two boys.

Fiona Ingram’s masterful writing conjures up the colours, sights, sounds and smells of the Mexican jungle, creating a wonderful backdrop to this story. The book is also filled with a wealth of Maya and Aztec history, myth and legend, making this a real educational experience, but one which is combined with a thrilling adventure that young readers will surely devour. As for me, I’m already anticipating book #4, eager to know where the quest will take me next!

Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 6

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The three young people are off on yet another adventure. They have to find all of the seven stones of power before evil claims them for evil gains. Adam and Justin, cousins, and their Aunt Isabel’s ward, Kim, are on a mission to find the third precious stone of power. Like their adventures in Scotland and Egypt, this third book in the “Chronicles of the Stone” series takes the young people to Mexico and the land of the Aztec and Maya. With a mixture of adventure, fantasy and history, the plot unfolds with the same excitement as the first two books, this one beginning with a plane crash in the jungle. Left to their own devices, the stranded young people must find their way to a lost Maya city, where they believe the third stone is hidden. Dr. Khalid, the evil that has plagued their adventures so far, has once again cheated death and is hot on their trail. 
And, if myth and history and fantasy succeed, the reincarnation of two important Aztec gods will rule again. Tezcatlipoca a powerful Aztec god, ruler of the night sky and a dark god of sorcery and war, has shattered the isolated groups of Maya descendants who continue to live in the jungle, kidnapping many of them for his own personal gains. His name, which means Smoking Mirror, continues to instil fear. It is the power of fear that allows him to take control of so many people and make them his minions. His complete opposite, Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent, god of the wind and the star called Venus, is the embodiment of good. Red-headed Adam bears resemblance to Quetzalcoatl. With his ability to see things, to have visions, and, even though still considered a child, his ability to do the unexpected, makes him a powerful force against evil.
Fiona Ingram’s “The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper” is a powerful, exciting story full of adventure and knowledge. The history and mythology of the Aztec and Maya people is thoroughly researched and presented in a compelling way to attract readers, young and old, to learn more about this ancient civilization. The author weaves thoughtful considerations into her characters: the importance of family, of heritage, of friendship, as well as the power of working together as a team. As good and evil project the plot forward, so, too, does the depth of characterization strengthen the bonds. The three young people, plus their new native friend and guide, Tukum, are only as strong as their ability to work together, as is seen over and over again in this story. Conflicts amongst friends are resolved with patience and understanding, creating stronger bonds in the process, as is seen between Tukum and Justin, who seem so much at odds throughout the story until Justin saves Tukum’s life. 
A story which both educates and entertains. What a great combination!
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