The Mystery of King Tutankhamun

The Mystery of King Tutankhamun

by Ken Derby


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The Mystery of King Tutankhamun by Ken Derby

Another engaging book from International Reading Association and Children's Book Council "Children's Choices" award-winning author, Ken Derby

During Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty, the Valley of the Kings was used as a royal graveyard. Over the next 3000 years, all but three tombs were discovered in that hot, barren valley. By the early 1900s, most archaeologists believed the three missing royal burial sites were located somewhere else. One of those tombs belonged to Tutankhamun, Egypt's boy king.

However, Howard Carter, an archeologist, and George Herbert, a classic English aristocrat, believed differently. The two met for the first time in 1909 and discovered that they had something in common: a strong desire to find the location of Tutankhamun's tomb. They formed an alliance and set their sights on this seemingly unattainable goal.

With imagined dialogue, Ken Derby reveals the true-life adventure story of Howard Carter, his discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb, his attempts to unravel the mysteries surrounding this ancient Egyptian child king, and the puzzling "curses" that seemed to follow many involved with the tomb's discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692269350
Publisher: Illusion Publishing
Publication date: 09/21/2014
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Ken Derby is a slightly famous author, monkey trainer, twelve-minute rock star, five-minute TV star, two-minute movie star, fisherman, and former CIA operative (okay . . . not really). When he isn't teaching or writing, he might be found reading, working out, biking, or rooting for the Denver Broncos. Ken lives in Budapest, Hungary and teaches grade five at the American International School of Budapest. One of his books, "The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of School," is an International Reading Association and Children's Book Council "Children's Choices" Honor Book and an Alabama "Children's Choice Book Award Program" winner. Ken is available for author visits and virtual author visits. Visit Ken at to learn more about him. Receive a free digital autograph and a personal message from Ken (for one of his books) through Authorgraph at

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