Laurie, V. (2009). Oracles of Delphi Keep. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
I originally found out about this book as a read alike for the Percy Jackson series. Both feature elements of Greek mythology in more modern times but this book is great and unique in so many ways. The main characters are the orphans Ian and Theo who stumble on an ancient prophecy that they must save the earth from evil forces. The world is also in danger from the rise of Hitler as the book takes place on the Cliffs of Dover as Europe gears up for WWII. This combination of historical fiction and fantasy adds an interesting and unique element to this story. The pair is helped on their quest by Theo’s own oracle ability as well as their new friend at the orphanage, their teachers, and an old professor. This strange cast works together to decipher the prophecy. I particularly enjoyed that the adults and children worked together in this book as the adults in tween books are often cast as either clueless or absentee and have little importance in the story. The group is able to figure out the first scroll, find another companion for their adventures, discover a lost treasure, and discover the next scroll that will lead them on their next adventure. This book is longer but is very fast paced and keeps readers on their toes.
This book is listed as being for readers age 10-14 and is the first book in the series which currently has three books with plans for a fourth final book. This is a good suggestion for fans of Percy Jackson but also a great book for any tween fan of historical fiction or fantasy.