Rosie Raja: Mission to Cairo bookcover

Rosie Raja: Mission to Cairo

Sufiya Ahmed

Book Band: Dark Red (ideal for ages 10+)

‘A vivid and gripping, superbly told historical adventure’ – Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs and The Girl Who Speaks Bear on Rosie Raja: Churchill’s Spy

It is the autumn of 1941, and Rosie Raja is back for another action-packed and electrifying adventure. After successfully helping her spy father complete his mission in France, Rosie has gained quite a reputation for herself and is determined to continue her secret agent escapades.

This time around, Rosie finds herself undercover in the magnificent and scorching city of Cairo, officially to make sure Egypt’s amazing historical artefacts are kept safe from the Nazis… but really to root out a traitor in the British ranks. With the stakes higher than they’ve ever been, can Rosie and her father keep each other safe?

A thrilling and empowering coming-of-age WWII adventure set in the dazzling city of Cairo which follows an engaging, determined, Muslim heroine called Rosina Raja. Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo and Emma Carroll, and those looking for diverse historical fiction.

Latest reviews

Exciting and gripping, a story of betrayal. My favourite character is Rosie Raja because she is such a great spy and even has the title of Churchill's spy! Highly recommend for anyone. The author came to my school and i really enjoyed meeting her. Im keeping an eye out for a third book in the amazing series.

A simple but gripping enough story that takes place in Cairo during WW2. Rosie is a spy, or at least she is with her father who is. Teaches quite a bit about Egypt, Tutankhamen, the war etc. but some of that is communicated in a rather forced/false way. Good Middle Grade novel

I enjoyed this more than I expected, given that it's middle grade fiction and I prefer YA titles. It is the second in a series about Rosie Raja who assists her father in spying for the British government during WW2. This story takes place in Cairo and Rosie's father is undercover as an Egyptologist so there's quite a bit of information about ancient Egypt, especially the discovery of Tutankhamun's burial chamber and death mask etc. The story was well-paced and interesting/exciting enough to keep me reading, although mostly fairly predictable. I enjoyed the link to actual historical events and facts - but sometimes the presentation of the factual background felt a little unnatural within the setting of the story. I would certainly recommend this to pupils from Y5-8.

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