I received this book at no cost from the publisherThe Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun's Tomb (Scholastic Focus) by Candace Fleming
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About the Book:
Title: THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY: Uncovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb
Author: Candace Fleming
Pub. Date: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Scholastic Focus
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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?
I love how this book makes true history accessible and relatable. I remember studying Ancient Egypt in third grade and how the teacher wove the mythologies of gods in with the factual history. Howard Carter was an absolutely fascinating man and his partnership with Lord Carnarvon led to the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The book reads like a page-turning thriller full of mysteries to solve and curses imposed on those who opened the tomb. The story is illustrated with images of the treasures they found. It follows through the curse and how it affected those even slightly connected to the tomb,
Candace Fleming awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Elizabeth George Speare’s) ever since.
Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize honored The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of the Russian Empire; Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; the Sibert-Award-winning Giant Squid; and the beloved Boxes for Katje. She contributed the chapter on Katharine of Aragon to Fatal Throne. Photo credit: Michael Lionstar.
3 winners will win a finished copy of THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY, US Only.
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