Twelve-year-old Samsuluna (Sam) searches for a place to call home in Ancient Mesopotamia during the reign of Hammurabi, 1780 BC. The lies that Sam spins about the stolen jewels and the death of his father threaten to catch up with him. Will he ever learn how to trust his new friends, overcome his quest for revenge, or solve the mystery of the stolen jewels and dagger?
Dr. Sontag captures the Ancient Mesopotamia culture in a captivating tale of a young boy's survival. Armed with his lucky dagger, Sam sets out on an adventure where he encounters numerous challenges and foibles leading him to a lesson in forgiveness. A great read!
Dr. Donna Lewis, Educator: Assistant Superintendent
What a delightful way to learn about an ancient culture! The beguiling story of Samsuluna and his friends is the package around which a vibrant view of the culture of Mesopotamia, and particularly Babylon, is wrapped. Sam's dangerous and potentially deadly predicament is realistic in the historical context of the setting and is cleverly solved by application of the Code of Hammurabi.
Chuck Merritt, Principal, El Carmelo School, Palo Alto
A terrific book for kids who like adventure, and for parents who'd love their kids to learn a bit about history. Well-written, a lively main character who struggles with his failures and searches for hope. Here is a hero who is flawed but resourceful, and who can lead readers on an adventure involving bad guys, jewels, new friends, and making choices. A real winner!
Karen Llewellyn, Homeschooler Mom
The book pulls you into history through well-written narrative. By the end of the tale you come away with not only an interest in the characters and storyline, but more knowledge about the time of the Babylonians.
Rick Crawford, Former Principal, Author of Stink Bomb and Ricky Robinson Braveheart
I started reading this book when in line at the airport. It was the first time I didn't want the line to move quickly as I was enjoying it so much. I highly recommend it. The story keeps you wondering what is going to happen next, and you can't wait to see how it all comes together. It was written for children but I would say any age would enjoy it.
Karen Mutsch, Educator: Teacher/Principal
I thought this book was awesome! I read the whole thing in one day. I couldn't put it down, and before I knew it, it was over.
Ashlyn, Age 10