Article Title

Lights on the Nile


Abigail Packard


Significant Shortcomings, Intermediate, Young Adult, Donna Jo Napoli, Egypt, Nile, Journ\, History, Fairies, Gods, Goddesses

Document Type

Book Review


Kepi had no intention of journeying up the Nile to the capital city to speak directly with Pharaoh Khufu. She was content to stay at home and help her crippled father begin his baking business. But when some boys steal Babu, the baby baboon that Kepi saved, Kepi has to journey up the Nile to save him once more. Along the way Kepi herself is kidnapped, faces many dangers, meets new friends in the capital city, and eventually finds herself face to face with Pharaoh Khufu—the pharaoh who commissioned the pyramid that Kepi’s father was injured while building. Kepi fails to convince the pharaoh of the injustice that he has neglected to correct. She and her friends are saved the punishment for approaching the pharaoh in the sacred temple by a goddess who offers them a second life as feri; they will be able to help others to avoid problems and injustices. Kepi agrees to become a feri and returns briefly to her family to ensure them that she is safe before beginning her new life.