Tiy and the Prince of Egypt
By Debbie Dee
Published by Dolce Books
Available September 27, 2013
Genre: Upper Middle Grade Historical Fiction, 250 pages
Tiy is different than the other Egyptian girls--she has pale hair and more freckles than she wants to count. With her mother consumed by the need to keep up appearances, and her father too busy to care, Tiy just wants to disappear into the background. But her hope for a quiet life is shattered when she rescues Prince Amenhotep from a sandstorm and is rewarded with an invitation to attend the royal school in Egypt’s capital—-a place where girls like her will never fit in.
Amenhotep welcomes her into his close circle of friends and their friendship strengthens into a bond neither is willing to lose. But when Amenhotep becomes Pharaoh and is pressured by the priests to marry, the strength of their friendship is threatened. Will Tiy find enough courage to accept Amenhotep’s hand when he wants her to become the next Queen of Egypt, especially when her feelings run no deeper than friendship? And how can she protect him from the Nubian rebels who are determined to take control of Egypt?
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Tiy and the Prince of Egypt is a beautiful historical fiction story written by Debbie Dee. She was inspired by Tiy (c.1398 BC – 1338 BC), the Great Royal Wife of Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III. I was in awe over Dee’s tantalizing descriptions of the Egyptian land as well as the details about the Egyptian wardrobe. She captured the life of royalty and the seriousness of loyalty and respect among the people.
Twelve-year-old Tiy is not like other girls her age. She has a fair appearance and golden hair, quite opposite from those in her community. Tiy also has a deep attunement with Prince Amenhotep and forms a friendship that blossoms into something deep and sweet.
This story includes the growth of a girl into a strong young woman, amid the jealousy, and controversy that arise because of her presence alongside the prince. In addition to learning about love, she fights to find her place in his life, while keeping her special friend safe during turmoil. A lovely story for middle grade readers, as well as those who enjoy the historical fiction genre.
Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then.
As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn’t been able to let a day go by without writing.
In addition to writing, she plays the piano, harp, violin, and gets in frequent fights with her cello. She loves to read and play board games - when she is winning.
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