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Tashi and the Royal Tomb    by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg & Kim Gamble order for
Tashi and the Royal Tomb
by Anna Fienberg
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Allen & Unwin, 2006 (2003)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Tashi and the Royal Tomb is the tenth in the Fienbergs' chapter book series of more than a dozen adventures starring young Jack's imaginary friend, the gnome-like Tashi. These tales are enhanced by Kim Gamble's atmospheric black and white illustrations.

This time, Jack and Tashi go into his classroom to find it decorated in the style of ancient Egypt, and with incense burning on a windowsill. When the class talks about Egyptian mummification, Tashi mentions a royal tomb near his own village, so of course he has to share the story of nearly being buried alive in it.

Tashi, Ah Chu and Lotus Blossom are helping Big Uncle dig a new well when they all find treasures. Of course, Big Uncle stops the digging and sends word to the museum in the city. Soon, a team of archeologists starts work on the site.

When a full-sized terracotta figure asks Tashi to help him get closer to his wife (who's disguised as a warrior), Tashi agrees to return and move the statue that night. Of course, the beastly Baron also shows up - to rob the tomb. Tashi is captured but triumphs with the help of his ghostly warrior.

At the back of the book is another story of Tashi and The Book of Spells - it's stolen and naturally Tashi recovers it for Wise-as-an-Owl, with a little help from his friends.

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