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Book Review - Abraham Hannibal and the Raiders of the Sands

Frances Somers Cocks

Reviewer - Anna Cavaliero (age 12)


The book Abraham Hannibal and the Raiders of the Sands is a historical novel about a brave boy called Abraham, the son of a noble lord of Africa who embarks on a thrilling adventure with a message for the Sun King (the King of France). I was able to really imagine what it was like for Abraham throughout his adventures and learned a great deal about the history and culture of Ethiopia around 1700 AD. You can study the Ethiopian alphabet and get your pronunciation of names right with help from the glossary. The writing is very descriptive and the illustrations are excellent. The maps at the beginning and end of the book help you to follow Abraham's journey geographically as well as dramatically. One suspense simply leads on to another. There is tragedy as well as adventure in this book so be prepared for tears as well as thrills. Abraham is a likeable, smart and affectionate character. I can't wait for Abraham Hannibal and the Battle for the Throne to come out because I couldn't put this book down and I want to see what happens next.

Abraham Hannibal and the Raiders of the Sands by Frances Somers Cocks and with illustrations by Eric Robson is published by The Goldhawk Press (April 15, 2003).
Paperback 224 pages.
ISBN 0954403401.
Price £5.99.

First Published in News File Summer 2003

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