History in the Faking

The Shenanigans Series, Book One

By (author): Andreas Oertel
ISBN 9781772030082
Softcover | Publication Date: October 17, 2014
Book Dimensions: 5 in x 7 in
192 Pages
$9.95 CAD

About the Book

Finalist, Silver Birch Award

Finalist, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards

Finalist, New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award

Life is getting more dismal by the minute in the town of Sultana, Manitoba. Thanks to a dry season that nearly dried up the river, no one wants to camp there anymore. There aren’t enough tourists to keep the local restaurant busy and, if Cody’s best friend’s mom loses her job there, the family will have to move away.

Cody, his best friend, Eric, and Eric’s twin sister, Rachel, concoct an elaborate hoax that transforms this tiny town into a hotbed of activity—a hoax involving an “ancient Egyptian” tablet discovered in Sultana. Soon the tourists come flooding back, but Cody, Eric, and Rachel discover that they should have been more careful about what they wished for. This quirky caper will appeal to children aged eight to ten.

About the Author(s)

Andreas Oertel was born in Germany and has lived most of his life in eastern Manitoba. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Shenanigans series, which has been nominated for several awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, and the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award. He has a lifelong passion for archaeology, history, and writing for young people. Learn more at andreasoertel.com.


“Andreas Oertel sets a brisk but not overly rushed pace early in the novel and never lets up, placing a series of increasingly complicated obstacles and mysteries in his portagonists' path until the cinematic conclusion. Oertel has laid the foundation for a fun, engaging series for adventure and history buffs." —Quill & Quire
“Kids with a soft spot for Indiana Jones-type adventure will eat up the book which brings ancient Egypt to smalltown Manitoba." —Cindy McGlynn, Movie Entertainment
History in the Faking is great fun! The kids are resourceful but believably so, smart but not too smart. A good, solid, well-written adventure story that kids will really enjoy. So will their parents." —Mary Thomas, CM Magazine
“A fabulously fun series that ... will appeal to boys and girls alike." —The Literary Word