Lost in Petra



[Epub] ❥ Lost in Petra Author Melissa Boyle Mahle – E17streets4all.co.uk Eleven year old Anatolia Steppe arrives in Petra and finds her mother missing But that s not unusual Her mom s an archaeologist who often disappears into the wild places with no indoor plumbing or con Eleven year old Anatolia Steppe arrives in Petra and finds her mother missing But that s not unusual Her mom s an archaeologist who often disappears into the wild places with no indoor plumbing or connection to the Internet An odd encounter with a ministry official offering protection sends Ana into the confusing maze of streets Lost in PDF \ as she decides to find her mother herself Instead she encounters an antiquities collector who ends up dead, a fortuneteller who knows too much, and a key to what is lost Ana begins to suspect the secret package from her mother she carries wrapped in muslin is much than just a clue to an ancient Nabatean treasure, the fabled Horde of the Golden Girdle In a world where djinn play mean tricks and someone s always watching, Ana finds a friend in a boy named Gordy Together they track tomb robbers, uncover a spy, and discover much than gold and silver A surprising twist may even prove to be the end for Ana, as she discovers no one is who they appear to be.Lost in Petra

I am an author of children s books and intelligence non fiction My writing draws upon my past career as a US intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East and terrorism My professional experience involved me in US intelligence operations throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and AfricaI invite you to visit my websites, spygirlspress Lost in PDF \ and facebook spygirlspress for children s books or melissaboylemahle for adult non fiction booksI was one of a handful of female operations officers fluent in Arabic at the CIA In a male dominated culture of the CIA, I carved out a career as a successful operations officer, demonstrating by deed that women can make important contributions I also sought to balance my professional life with a family life, a particularly difficult challenge for a working mother in the intelligence fieldAfter leaving the clandestine world in , I embarked on a new career as an author, commentator and movie consultant My first book, Denial and Deception An Insider s View of the CIA from Iran Contra to , was published in Part history, part memoir, Denial and Deception answers the question of just what was going on inside the intelligence community in the run up to the tragedy Well received by Washington insiders and lay readers alike, the paperback version was released in The best part of marketing this book was the opportunity to appear on the Daily Show Yes, John Stewart is as funny in personMy latest work with co author Kathryn Dennis is a middle grade fiction story, entitled Uncovered in Istanbul, book two in the Anatolia Steppe Mystery series I also appear in the national electronic and print media as a commentator on intelligence and national security issues and contributes to scholarly journals On the lighter side, I have a great time participating in youth programs at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC and providing technical advice to Hollywood film makers, with film credits for SALT staring Angelina Jolie and Hanna staring Cate Blanchett and Saoirse RonanMy current creative efforts are focused on writing children stories geared for middle grade readers who like adventure and spy thriller novels My writing partner is Kathryn Dennis, a lifelong friend and fellow adventurer.

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  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • Lost in Petra
  • Melissa Boyle Mahle
  • English
  • 01 January 2019
  • 0985227303

10 thoughts on “Lost in Petra

  1. says:

    Ana, age 11, has been left in the care of a new nanny, Mrs Brown, and Mrs Brown s son Gordy, also age 11 The three of them have traveled to Petra ostensibly to meet up with Ana s mother, an archaeologist, but Ana s mother seems to be missing Where is she Ana s dad disappeared 7 months ago, but is he really dead Adding to Ana s missing parents are a helpful and English speaking street urchin, a suspect Jordanian government official, a possible antiquities thief, difficult shopkeepers, mis Ana, age 11, has been left in the care of a new nanny, Mrs Brown, and Mrs Brown s son Gordy, also age 11 The three of them have traveled to Petra ostensibly to meet up with Ana s mother, an archaeologist, but Ana s mother seems to be missing Where is she Ana s dad disappeared 7 months ago, but is he really dead Adding to Ana s missing parents are a helpful and English speaking street urchin, a suspect Jordanian government official, a possible antiquities thief, difficult shopkeepers, missing children, and a mysterious and lost ancient treasure.Lots of adventure, fast moving Interesting and unexpected character development I have visions of kids looking forinformation on the history of the ancient Nabateans and the descriptions of the ruined city of Petra Clearly Book 1 of a new series and I ll look forward to reading the next book to see how the plot twists.Probably 4th or 5th grade and up, mostly girls, interest will depend upon the children s interest in history and in adventure.Written by a former spy

  2. says:

    This was an excellent story with a simple structure perfect for middle school readers The characters are interesting without being too one dimensional or complex, the storyline is exciting, and there are a lot of fun cultural snippets throughout Truly an educational yet enjoyable read I really enjoyed it despite being quite a bit older than a middle school student, so I think it is suitable for all ages middle school and up

  3. says:

    Anatolia, preferably Ana, Steppe has lost her father recently, so she is not about to be shipped back to the US when her mom fails to meet Ana in Petra Not the fax telling Ana not to come, not the warning of danger, will deter Ana from following the clues of her mom s location But first Ana must ditch the nanny, Mrs Brown, and her prying chatterbox son, Gordy.With the confidence of an 11 year old who has traveled with her archaeologist parents since birth, Ana sets out, with the unshakable Go Anatolia, preferably Ana, Steppe has lost her father recently, so she is not about to be shipped back to the US when her mom fails to meet Ana in Petra Not the fax telling Ana not to come, not the warning of danger, will deter Ana from following the clues of her mom s location But first Ana must ditch the nanny, Mrs Brown, and her prying chatterbox son, Gordy.With the confidence of an 11 year old who has traveled with her archaeologist parents since birth, Ana sets out, with the unshakable Gordy, on adventures worthy of Indiana Jones

  4. says:

    The day Lost in Petra arrived, my neighbor stopped in with her 10 year old daughter She started reading it while her mother and I talked and didn t want to leave I did let her finish it and she said it was good and wanted to know if I had .As an adult reader, I enjoyed the story It did not propel me through the chapters like many modern adventure books, but I m not sure that s a bad thing It actually lets you take the time to stop and think about it, rather than cutting off a chapter in The day Lost in Petra arrived, my neighbor stopped in with her 10 year old daughter She started reading it while her mother and I talked and didn t want to leave I did let her finish it and she said it was good and wanted to know if I had .As an adult reader, I enjoyed the story It did not propel me through the chapters like many modern adventure books, but I m not sure that s a bad thing It actually lets you take the time to stop and think about it, rather than cutting off a chapter in mid action It reminded me of the classic adventures I read as a kid I.e You don t have to be running to or from something on every page to be transported into the story and enjoy the journey I have to admit that middle eastern history is not my strong suit, but after reading this book, I did spend some time with a refresher an Jordanian history Lost in Petra brought a lot of history and culture into it, without feeling preachy I thought it was great to include Ana s thought process in solving the puzzles and clues throughout the story Rather than just forcing the reader through the action, it makes you feel like part of the solution As a nice touch, a two page Arabic Nabatean vocabulary list and a page long authors note about the history are included at the end of the book It is listed as book 1 and you can see where book 2 will go, but this does not leave you on a major cliffhanger So for all of the readers that hate series, fear not, you will have a complete story in this book You ll want book 2 because you enjoy the characters and this type of story.I feel Lost in Petra adds wonderfully to a slim selection of good, clean adventure books for middle schoolers I would recommend this book to a child or classroom with an interest in history, archeology, puzzle solving, or adventure mystery stories Although the main character is female, I don t think this would detract boys from enjoying this story The nice way the chapters are divided, this book would also lend itself well to bedtime reading for a smaller child.Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from a goodreads.com giveaway I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book The thoughts and opinions written here are entirely my own I was not required to write a review

  5. says:

    This is an entertaining adventure story for children The narrative is dramatic and intriguing, but still appropriate for elementary school age kids We met one of the authors of this story, Melissa Boyle Mahle, at a local library program, where she talked about her life as a spy in the CIA and taught about code breaking Our girls enjoyed her talk and were excited about decoding the message she gave them Our oldest read the book, but our youngest chose not to.I really enjoyed the story and I l This is an entertaining adventure story for children The narrative is dramatic and intriguing, but still appropriate for elementary school age kids We met one of the authors of this story, Melissa Boyle Mahle, at a local library program, where she talked about her life as a spy in the CIA and taught about code breaking Our girls enjoyed her talk and were excited about decoding the message she gave them Our oldest read the book, but our youngest chose not to.I really enjoyed the story and I liked that the young girl was smart, brave, and able to understand a foreign culture and a little of the language, too I also liked that she enjoyed decoding messages and had an innate ability to find her way around a strange location I m always excited when we find a strong female character in the stories we read.Below are a list of rules that Ana s dad taught her We don t know much about him, but Ana is beginning to learn that everything and everyone is not as they appear I hope that this series continuesDad s rules 1 safety2 listen to your gut3 assume nothing4 keep your options open5 learn the lay of the land6 suspect everyone7 if it feels wrong, it is wrong8 you are never truly alone9 technology will always let you down10 trust no one September 11 2014 update This book was selected by our girls book club for discussion this month and we were very fortunate to have author Melissa Boyle Mahle 338295 come speak to the group about her life as a spy as well as the story We really enjoyed seeing her again

  6. says:

    This is an amazing mystery book which includes suspenseful adventure and friendship Ana arrives in Petra to find her mother missing Tired of waiting and trying to escape from her strict babysitter, she begins to search for her mother herself Surrounded by danger, she uncovers and follows clues from archeological sites, then eventually finds several ancient secrets left untouched for thousands of years Do these have anything to do with her missing mother, the strange people following her, and This is an amazing mystery book which includes suspenseful adventure and friendship Ana arrives in Petra to find her mother missing Tired of waiting and trying to escape from her strict babysitter, she begins to search for her mother herself Surrounded by danger, she uncovers and follows clues from archeological sites, then eventually finds several ancient secrets left untouched for thousands of years Do these have anything to do with her missing mother, the strange people following her, and her extremely nosy and suspicious babysitter Will she save her mother before it is too late

  7. says:

    This was a great book to read with my daughter while traveling through Jordan and Petra So cool to read a mystery set where you are

  8. says:

    I read this a while ago, but it cant have been very memorable because ive forgotten the plot

  9. says:

    Ana waits in the lobby of the hotel just outside of Petra in Jordan Her mother is now fourteen and a half hours late coming to meet her Never mind that Ana received a telegram telling her that the trip had been cancelled, which she immediately tore up Ana is determined to catch up with her mom, especially since she also received a mysterious package from before leaving for the airport So when a sweaty man in a dark shiny suit tracks Ana down at the hotel and tries to send her home, she gives Ana waits in the lobby of the hotel just outside of Petra in Jordan Her mother is now fourteen and a half hours late coming to meet her Never mind that Ana received a telegram telling her that the trip had been cancelled, which she immediately tore up Ana is determined to catch up with her mom, especially since she also received a mysterious package from before leaving for the airport So when a sweaty man in a dark shiny suit tracks Ana down at the hotel and tries to send her home, she gives him the slip What better way than disappearing in the winding streets of the town market Unfortunately, she isn t able to give Gordy, son of her new nanny, the slip as easily Tall and gangly, but tenacious, he manages to keep up with her in her mad escape until she has no choice but to let him tag along.Ana has traveled the world over with her parents and is comfortable navigating the streets of a foreign city as well as the archeological sites where they work Now she must use that experience to search for her mother among the shrines, tombs and other hand carved edifices that make up Petra Despite Gordy s total lack of experience traveling in a foreign land, he proves himself to be intelligent, resourceful and stalwartly loyal as they climb to the hill tops, explore the gloomy interiors of the monuments, and crawl through nooks and crannies in the rock hewn structures of an ancient civilization.In this Indiana Jones style adventure, the two sleuths must solve the encoded message sent by Ana s mom to find her They soon learn that they must trust no one, for the many characters they encounter are not what they seem It is a great read Since it is somewhat long for this age category, I recommend it for advanced middle grade readers

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    GIVEAWAY STARTING TODAY AUG 9, 2013 ENDING AUG 10TH GET YOUR FREE eBook TELL YOUR FRIENDS click link herePublisher Weekly Gives Lost in Petra a Star Review The Anatolia Steppe Mysteries series debuts with this craftily plotted novel crammed with mistaken identities, false leads, enigmatic clues, and narrow escapes Eleven year old Ana arrives in Jordan to join her archeologist mother, who has been hired by the government to create a traveling exhibit of artifacts from the lost NabaGIVEAWAY STARTING TODAY AUG 9, 2013 ENDING AUG 10TH GET YOUR FREE eBook TELL YOUR FRIENDS click link herePublisher Weekly Gives Lost in Petra a Star Review The Anatolia Steppe Mysteries series debuts with this craftily plotted novel crammed with mistaken identities, false leads, enigmatic clues, and narrow escapes Eleven year old Ana arrives in Jordan to join her archeologist mother, who has been hired by the government to create a traveling exhibit of artifacts from the lost Nabatean civilization based in the city of Petra, which became lost to history following an earthquake 2,000 years earlier When her mother fails to meet her, Ana opens a package from her containing a cryptic message and an object Ana later discovers is an ancient relic that may lead her to hidden Nabatean treasure and her kidnapped mother Accompanied by Gordy, the son of her nanny, Ana embarks on a quest that involves evading alleged villains, deciphering an ancient zodiac, and pulling off death defying physical feats The protagonists are realistically drawn and engaging kids, and Ana s clipped, present tense narrative moves at a snappy pace in this winning blend of history, mystery, and adventure The authors leave several pieces of the puzzle missing, paving the way for the second installment of this promising series Ages 6 12

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