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The Alabaster Jar & The Hidden Tomb, Takes Middle Grade Readers on a Thrilling Adventure Though Ancient Egypt

WordCrafts Press and educator/author Marie Sontag, PhD are excited to announce the release of The Alabaster Jar & The Hidden Tomb, the second volume in Sontag’s thrilling middle grade Ancient Elements series of historical adventure novels. The Alabaster Jar & The Hidden Tomb released to retail on October 28, 2023, and immediately debuted on multiple category charts, including hitting Number 7 on the Hot New Release in the Children’s Ancient Civilization Fiction category, Number 55 on the Hot New Release in the Mythology category, and Number 74 in the Children’s Historical Fiction category.

In The Alabaster Jar & The Hidden Tomb, fourteen-year-old Samsuluna (Sam), having found a home with his adoptive family, now moves to Egypt with Balashi and Amata where his quest to solve the mystery of the hidden tomb threatens to tear his family apart.

About The Author:

Marie Sontag enjoys transporting middle grade and young adult readers to various time periods and locations by creating stories that bring the past to life. Her 15 years of teaching middle school and high school have given her insight into what students find entertaining, and her B.A. in social science and M.A. and Ph.D. in education provide her with a solid background for writing historical fiction.

Born in Wisconsin, she spent most of her life in California, but now lives with her husband in Texas. When not writing, she’s often found playing princesses with her granddaughter, or super heroes with her grandson.

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