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Children's LiteratureReaders have long known that history comes alive in historical fiction. When the historical fiction is based on very specific archeological details, it becomes educational, as well. Author Terry Deary wondered why a bag of rings had been left behind in a tunnel used by ancient grave-robbers at Tutankhamen's tomb. From this tiny detail— recorded by the opulent grave's twentieth-century discoverer, Howard Carter—Deary has fashioned a simple but satisfying story of four bumbling thieves who almost, but not quite, make off with the young Egyptian king's funeral treasures. In the course of the tale, youngsters learn many facts about what life was like 3,200 years ago for people less exalted than the pharaoh. Mildly humorous, the book is well illustrated with black-and-white, cartoon-type pictures. It would be an excellent addition to any youngster's study of ancient Egypt. The author has written several similar stories dealing with ancient Egypt and English history in a series of "Read It! Chapter Books: Historical Tales," from Picture Window Books. 2006 (orig. 2003), Picture Window Books, Ages 7 to 10.