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Children's LiteratureOne of the youngest pharaohs is brought to life in Roberta Edward's biography of King Tutankhaman. Years after all of the other pharaohs' tombs had been unearthed and robbed, Tut rested peacefully. A lesser pharaoh in his time, Tut now enjoys worldwide fame, thanks to a persistent archaeologist named Howard Carter, who discovered his resting place in 1922. The mummy madness that preceded Carter's unexpected success is detailed, as well as Carter's tireless search and the contents of Tut's tomb. Because Tut died at such a young age, little is known about his life or death, except what could be gathered from the contents of his tomb. And yet, the story is riveting and readers will feel the excitement of finding a treasure long forgotten. The changes to the spiritual structure of Egypt by Tut's father, Amenhotep IV, may be difficult for some children to comprehend, but the resulting mystery of Tut's death will interest the most reluctant reader. Filled with simple yet interesting drawings and maps, this is a wonderful alternative to the "Magic Tree House" series. King Tut is just one of the many historical figures featured in the "Who Was…?" series. 2006, Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin, Ages 8 to 11.
—Kristy Lyn Sutorius