Tuesday, November 30, 2021

THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY: Uncovering Tutankhamun's Tomb by Candace Fleming.  New York:  Scholastic Focus, 2021.  IBSN 978-1338596618 hc. $18.99      Gr. 5-8     J932.014 FL

Fleming guides readers through the background of royal burials in Egypt's Valley of the Kings before narrowing her focus to the sensational tale of King Tutankhamun's Tomb.  This early twentieth century archealogical dig has been documented and recounted over the years.  The curse that surrounded Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, who headed up excavation of the tomb, has been used to fuel horror stories and investigations of the supernatural.  This retelling is factual, and includes more than 75 historical photos, as well as an extensive bibliography, source notes, and index.  However, the book reads like a novel, with personalities, intrigue, government regulations, the Egyptian climate, and the dangerous work of tomb excavation.  
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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