The Firma Twins and the Purple Staff of Death by D.H. Timpko was published by Gettier Group on July 1, 2015. I read the Young Adult novel courtesy of Net Galley.
Isis and Electra Firma are identical twins who have just turned twelve. Isis gets to pick the birthday activity this year and she chooses to visit the Egyptian Museum. Little does Isis realize how one innocent birthday decision will change her life, her sister’s life, and the lives of those closest to them.
Set in suburbs of our nation’s capital this first book in the series creates beautiful characters and friendships. There are lots of interesting clues to go look up gods of the ancient world for the curious mind. The language is a little simplistic for me but its probably firmly middle of the road for the average reader.
Isis and Electra are well crafted and likeable characters. Their personalities and strengths compliment one another without being overly sappy and emotional. The book is definitely written with young girls in mind, although there’s no reason young boys won’t also enjoy it.
Four flashlights out of five for likeable characters but simplistic language.