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Take 5: Read about your “Mummy” (and Egypt)

Today we are going “Beneath the Surface” for the Collaborative Summer Reading program and talking about Mummies.  Earlier, we shared some movie and programming ideas. But you’ll definitely want to share some good reads as well.  For example, you can’t go wrong with a John Bellairs mystery, can you?  Here you have Johnny Dixon searching an abandoned house for a missing will . . . with the undead at his heels.  Also kicking it old school, R. L. Stine has a good mummy story with Goosebumps #5: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb.  Tween readers STILL ask about Goosebumps and Fear Street at my library, so don’t be afraid to use them!  Speaking of Goosebumps, do check out Chris D.’s love letter to the Goosebump series.

Here are 5 more Mummy/Ancient Egypt books to share with your tweens and teens . . .

Mummy by Caroline Cooney
Emlyn plots with some co-conspirators to steal a mummy from the museum. 2000.

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbuy
Trapped in the structured life of the pretty girl parade of a debutant in 1815 London, Agnes unwraps a mummy – and unleashes a secret that could change her destiny.  Party 1 of a series.  2011.

Sphinx’s Princess by Esther Freisner
Nefertiti was more than just a pretty face.  She was also a pawn for a power.  And a woman who tried to rise above what her world tried to make her be.  Book 2 is Sphinx’s Queen. 2009.

Lights of the Nile by Donna Jo Napoli
Kepi must travel alone to the city and stand up to the great pharoah Khufu after she and her beloved pet are captured and separated. 2011.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Dr. Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set who banishes him to oblivion and forces his children, Carter and Sadie, to flee for their lives.  The Gods of Egypt are waking, and they have their sights set on the Kane family.  Book 1 of the Kane Chronicles. 2010.
Do you have some more titles to add to our list?  Share them in the comments.


  1. I was Egypt-obsessed as a tween/teen! An oldy, but goody The Egypt Game by Zipha Keatley Snyder, plus the cover recently got a makeover. It might be out of print, but one of my all time favorites was Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. The Reluctant God by Pamela F. Service was also really good. And don't forget the Theodosia Throckmorton series by R.L. LaFevers!

  2. Lots of great titles to add to our list, thank you! And yay for Egypt obsessed tweens/teens.

  3. David James mentioned the title Spirit & Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore on Twitter

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