The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun's Tomb

The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun's Tomb
Age Range
8+
Release Date
September 07, 2021
ISBN
978-1338596618
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Award-winning and critically acclaimed author Candace Fleming presents the edge-of-your-seat true story of the search for Tutankhamun's tomb, the Western public's belief that the dig was cursed, and the battle for ownership of the treasures within.
During the reign of the New Kingdom of Egypt, the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun ruled and died tragically young. In order to send him on his way into the afterlife, his tomb was filled with every treasure he would need after death. And then, it was lost to time, buried in the sands of the Valley of the Kings.

His tomb was also said to be cursed.

Centuries later, as Egypt-mania gripped Europe, two Brits -- a rich earl with a habit for gambling and a disreputable, determined archeologist -- worked for years to rediscover and open Tutankhamun's tomb. But once it was uncovered, would ancient powers take their revenge for disturbing and even looting the pharaoh's resting place? What else could explain the mysterious illnesses, accidents, and deaths that began once it was found?

Editor review

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History Book that reads as a Thriller
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY is a nonfiction narrative that's full of mystery, exploration, adventure, and suspense and tells the story of how Tutankhamun's tomb was uncovered. It follows Howard Carter-the leader in the excavation, and describes before, during, and after the tomb was found.

The true photos are amazing for readers to see the people and findings. I never would've guessed these many pictures would have been taken on this expedition. The inclusion of them and the captivating, thought-provoking writing makes this story one of a kind. It's a book that should be in every middle-grade reader's school library.

Not only is this a great history book, but it also reads as a thriller and will keep you turning the page. The mystery behind the deaths of the explorers is another fascinating detail that lets us know the author did her homework. The idea of a curse will intrigue any middle-grader and I like how she sifts through what's fiction from the facts.


Final Verdict: I would recommend this book to children who love Egyptian history, expeditions, mysteries, and thrillers. Candace Fleming has crafted this story into a masterpiece and I look forward to more from her.
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