The idea of a realistic story, with true to life, believable people, that the reader can get to know and even love over time, is something that I felt was missing in children's/YA literature. All too often books are sensationalist stories with noisy 'special effects' for the mind... nothing with characters believable enough that grow and mature with the reader. I have enjoyed combining my love for history, archaeology, adventure, and travel, into a series of books about four teens, two from Italy and two from England that is both endearing, interesting and exciting. I hope I will transport you to the hot, archaeological Middle Eastern site, the cradle of civilization, and give you something to think about after you've read it too!
The Obsidian Mask is a thrilling adventure that takes place on an archaeological dig in Southern Mesopotamia, where four young teens are thrown together, quite reluctantly and unexpectedly while their parents excavate an ancient warrior Queen's tomb. It is about two families coming together through their love of ancient history, archaeology and eventually each other. The reader experiences the emotions of a young teenager coming to terms with major changes in her live. It is far more than a desert adventure, it is a journey of maturity, too.
Boys and girls from 10 yrs old - grandparents years old alike are enjoying The Obsidian Mask, as the story is solid and very real. I am receiving feedback from children and adults of all ages, and the sequel, which is set in Northern Italy, will be out shortly.
Please visit http://www.carolineludovici.com for a synopsis of The Obsidian Mask and Secrets of The River, the sequel.
The book is at several independent book stores, and on amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Obsidian-Mask-Caroline-Ludovici/dp/0741470640/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361811315&sr=8-1&keywords=Obsidian+Mask,
Infinity Publishing, http://www.buybooksontheweb.com/product.aspx?ISBN=0-7414-7064-0
and several independent bookstores.
I hope you enjoy the first adventure. It has given me much pleasure writing it and the Sequel, Secrets Of the River. Please enjoy the book trailer, below. I hope it will wet your appetite!