The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun's Tomb (Scholastic Focus)

The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun's Tomb (Scholastic Focus)

by Candace Fleming


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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?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338596618
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 35,190
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Candace Fleming is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children and young adults, including The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh, winner of the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award; the Sibert Award winner Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera; the Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner and Sibert Honor Book The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of the Russian Empire; and the critically acclaimed Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

Table of Contents

A Note to Readers xi

A Map of Egypt xiii

Chapter 1 Sands of the Past 3

Chapter 2 The "City of the Dead" 31

Chapter 3 Enter Howard Carter 42

Chapter 4 Ten Seasons Beneath the Theban Sun 64

Chapter 5 A Bird of Gold That Will Bring Good Luck 82

Chapter 6 Under Cover of Darkness 100

Chapter 7 Early Days in the Tomb 122

Chapter 8 And at the Continental-Savoy Hotel 148

Chapter 9 Curses! 152

Chapter 10 Shrines, Sarcophagus, and Coffins 163

Chapter 11 The Mummy Unwrapped 185

Chapter 12 Fabulous Finds 211

Chapter 13 Work Complete 222

Chapter 14 Exit Carter 228

Chapter 15 Space Travelers, Poison, and Murderous Mold 235

Tutankhamun's Place in History 247

Bibliography 253

Source Notes 261

Photograph and Illustration Credits 267

Index 269

About the Author 287

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