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Fiction

The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle by Claudia Logan. (Farrar, 2002)
When a secret tomb is discovered in 1924, young Will uses his new archaeology skills to help determine who it was built for.

Casting the Gods Adrift by Geraldine McCaughrean. (Cricket Books, 1998)
In 1354 B.C., Tutmose must choose between his father's belief in many gods and goddesses and the pharaoh's decree that his people must worship only the sun god Aten.

Cleopatra VII, Daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory. (Scholastic, 1999)
The Royal Diaries series. Princess Cleopatra describes the intrigue of her father's court in a "diary" that ends when she becomes queen.

The Egyptian Box by Jane Louise Curry. (McElderry, 2002)
When Leticia's brother deciphers the hieroglyphs on an Egyptian figure called a shabti, strange and scary things begin to happen. Can the shabti be returned to its box?

Egyptology by Emily Sands. (Candlewick, 2004).
Written as an amateur Egyptologist's travel journal from 1926, this dairy is enhanced by illustrations, pull-outs, pop-up art, mini books, fold-out maps, and more.

Ghosts of the Nile by Cheryl Harness. (Simon & Schuster, 2004)
A visit to the museum with Great Aunt Allie is anything but boring when Zachary is transported back to ancient Egypt where his guide is a talking cat.

I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert by Eve Bunting. (Harcourt, 1997)
Heb-Nefert speaks from the dead as she asks museum-goers to take a look at her pampered daily life and the preparation of her body for burial.

Pharaoh's Daughter by Julius Lester. (Harcourt, 2000)
An intriguing look at Pharaoh's court through the eyes of Moses and his sister Almah.

A Place in the Sun by Jill Rubalcaba. (Clarion, 1997)
Senmut kills a dove and must pay the consequences. Only his skill as a sculptor and his devotion to his father save him from a life of misery in ancient Egypt.

Temple Cat by Andrew Clements. (Houghton Mifflin, 1996)
Humans worship the divine cat in the temple of Neba, but the cat leaves his life of luxury in search of a different kind of life.

Tut, Tut by Jon Scieszka. (Puffin, 1998)
The Trio finds themselves in ancient Egypt where they must outwit the pharaoh's evil advisor.

Nonfiction

Ancient Egypt Revealed by Peter Chrisp. (DK, 2002)
This book presents the world of ancient Egypt in diagrams, photographs, illustrations, and transparent overlays.

Ancient Medicine: From Sorcery to Surgery by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods. (Runestone, 1999)
Information on ancient medical practices from the Stone Age to ancient Rome.

Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings by Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger. (National Geographic, 2001)
Color photos illustrate information about Tut, Hatsheput, and Rameses II, with special sections on the Valley of the Kings, the great tomb of Seti I, and building a pharaoh's tomb.

Pyramid by David Macaulay. (Houghton Mifflin, 1975)
Detailed black-and-white drawings show how and why a pyramid is constructed.

Pyramids! 50 Hands-on Activities to Experience Ancient Egypt by Avery Hart and Paul Mantell. (Williamson, 1997)
Play games, make a pop-up pyramid with a pop-out pharaoh, write in hieroglyphs, draw a cartouche, and walk like an Egyptian!

Secrets of the Mummies: Uncovering the Bodies of Ancient Egyptians by Shelley Tanaka. (Hyperion, 1999)
Describes Egyptian techniques for preserving the dead, why and how tombs were plundered, and modern scientific methods of studying mummies.

Secrets of the Sphinx by James Cross Giblin. (Scholastic, 2004)
Research and speculation about famous artifacts and monuments — pyramids, the Rosetta Stone, and the Great Sphinx — are included.

Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs by James Rumford. (Houghton Mifflin, 2000)
A picture book biography of Jean-Francois Champollion.

Voices of Ancient Egypt by Kay Winters. (National Geographic, 2003)
Fourteen workers describe their duties and lives. Chapter headings are written in English and hieroglyphs and the illustrations show workers' dress and tools.

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