Books : reviews

Jordan Jacobs.
Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies.
Sourcebooks. 2012

A legendary ghost, an ancient treasure, a mystery only Samantha Sutton can solve

There’s nothing Samantha Sutton wants more than to become an adventure-seeking archaeologist her brilliant Uncle Jay. Samantha’s big dreams are finally coming true when Jay invites her along on a summer excavation of an ancient temple in the Peruvian Andes.

But this adventure isn’t exactly what she thought it would be with her nosy older brother, Evan, and Jay’s colleagues monitoring her every move. And she has to deal with the local legend, El Loco: a ghostly madman who supposedly haunts the ruins. But when the project’s most important finds go missing, it’s up to Samantha to solve the mystery before the treasures of the temple are lost forever.

Jordan Jacobs.
Samantha Sutton and the Winter of the Warrior Queen.
Sourcebooks. 2014

A secret society, a lost fortress, a precious artifact only Samantha Sutton can protect.

Twelve-year-old Samantha Sutton isn’t sure she wants to go to England with her Uncle Jay, a brilliant, risk-taking archeoloqist. But the trip seems safe enough—a routine excavation in Cambridge—and Samantha has always had a love for the past.

At first the project seems unremarkable—just a survey to clear the way for a massive theme park. But everything changes when Sam uncovers something extraordinary. Are the local legends true? Is this the site of the ancient fortress belonging to Queen Boudica, the warrior queen? What treasures might be found?

When others begin to learn of her findings, Samantha senses she is in danger. Can any of her friends be trusted? Samantha will need to solve the mystery of the site in order to protect herself and let the world know of her remarkable discovery.