The Alabaster Jar
Book two of the Ancient Elements series follows Sam, now fourteen, and his adoptive sister, Amata, to Egypt, where their father is sent by King Hammurabi to learn more of the healing arts from the Egyptians. While in Egypt, Sam and Amata find themselves in the middle of a plot to overthrow the Pharaoh when they stumble onto the mystery of a hidden tomb.
What Others Are Saying: "Readers who have waited for Samsuluna's next escapade will not be disappointed in The Alabaster Jar. In this fast-paced adventure, Sam, Balashi and Amata witness political plotting, and question the sincerity of their new friends. A newly discovered tomb, the bustling Nile River trade, secret passages and the alabaster jar all await you!" -- Mary Pat Vargas, 6th Grade Teacher, CA
"A skillfull interweaving of intrigue and deception. Each character has different secrets and issues, but they all become intertwined. A great read for early adolescents!" -- Roberta Hendricks, Reading Intervention Specialist, TX
About Marie Sontag (Dallas, Texas Author)
Marie Sontag loves to bring history to life through historical fiction. With a BA in social science and an MA and Ph.D. in education, she says teaching middle school for over 15 years has kept her young. Her middle-grade series, Ancient Elements, takes place in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Bronze Dagger, The Alabaster Jar, and The Silver Coin. When on author visits, Dr. Sontag is always accompanied by her authenticated 3,500-year-old bronze dagger and alabaster jar, as well as her 2,300-year-old Phoenician coin.
Her YA historical fiction book, Rising Hope, uses both fictional and historical characters to place readers alongside some of the Polish Boy Scouts and Girl Guides that helped the Polish Underground fight the Germans during WWII.
Born in Milwaukee, WI and having lived FOREVER in San Jose, CA, Dr. Sontag currently makes her home North Richland Hills, TX where her favorite pastime is playing trains with her grandson.