A thriller set in ancient Egypt between 1351-1354 BC. Tutmose and Ibrim's father, the animal dealer, is commanded by the new pharaoh Akhenaten, to bring him animals - lots of animals - for his new capital city. The boys' father is delighted. But he has no idea what the pharaoh's strange new religion will mean for all of them
Geraldine McCaughrean began writing after taking a job at a magazine publishing house. She has won many high profile awards: A Little Lower than the Angels won the Whitbread Children's Novel Award and A Pack of Lies received the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. The Kite Rider again won her the Carnegie and Not the End of the World has won this year's Whitbread Award.