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Tutankhamen Speaks by [Carpinello, Cheryl]
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From the Author

Tutankhamen Speaks is the basis for my current Work-in-Progress Sons of the Sphinx.

Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me, as it has thousands of others. When my husband and I visited Egypt in 2008, we traveled on our own. After arriving in Cairo, we explored the Giza Plateau. The Sphinx and the Pyramids took my breath away. Touching the blocks of Khufu's pyramid connected me to the builders of that pyramid over 3000 years ago.

We traveled the length of Egypt twice by train. I could talk for hours of the magnificent monuments we explored: the temple at Abu Simbel, Luxor and Karnak temples, the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings and of the Queens. I would return in a heartbeat to that magical land.

I lost part of my soul to that ancient land. Since then, I've read all that I can, fiction and non-fiction, set in or dealing with ancient Egypt. When the King Tut exhibit was in Denver in 2010, I went three times! We also went to hear Dr. Zahi Hawass' lecture.

Some of my favorite reads:
Beneath the Sands of Egypt by Archaeologist Donald P. Ryan; non-fiction

Omm Sety's Egypt By Dorothy Eady; a memoir

Discovering Tut-ankh-Amen's Tomb edited by Shirley Glubok; non-fiction

The Lost Army of Cambyses by Paul Sussman; fictional series

About the Author

Although I’m a retired high school English teacher, I still have a passion for working with kids. I regularly conduct Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools. It is my hope to reach reluctant readers with my Arthurian Tales and shortly with a series of stories from ancient lands and legends that continue the adventurous quests found in Arthurian Legend. Joining "Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend" and "Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom" will soon be "Sons of the Sphinx." Tutankhamen Speaks is the basis for my current Work-in-Progress Sons of the Sphinx. Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me, as it has thousands of others. When my husband and I visited Egypt in 2008, we traveled on our own. After arriving in Cairo, we explored the Giza Plateau. The Sphinx and the Pyramids took my breath away. Touching the blocks of Khufu's pyramid connected me to the builders of that pyramid over 3000 years ago. We traveled the length of Egypt twice by train. I could talk for hours of the magnificent monuments we explored: the temple at Abu Simbel, Luxor and Karnak temples, the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings and of the Queens. I would return in a heartbeat to that magical land. I lost part of my soul to that ancient land.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1329 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond Today Educator (January 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E18KH46
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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When I read the blurb for this story, I was immediately intrigued. I was a History Major in college and have had a special interest in all things ancient Egypt from the time I was a child. Going in, I was immediately confused. According to the blurb, it is about some missing scrolls that told of a time when the Pharaoh Tutankhamen spoke to others from beyond the grave. The scrolls were said to be found again in 2011 hidden in a basement room in the Cairo Museum by an Egyptian scholar, S.L. Wood who then deciphered most of the text, the parts that hadn’t been destroyed by time and he sent his findings to the author for publishing.
When I started reading it was about the young Pharaoh at the age of six. He has just seen an elephant for the first time and found out that his father has a private zoo. While an exciting read, I really didn’t see where this book had anything to do with King Tut’s spirit speaking from beyond the grave. I loved reading the brief history of the boy king told from his perspective, the mixture of facts with fiction so that it blends seamlessly, and the fact that Mrs. Carpinello actually used the fact that he died due to injuries resulting in a chariot accident, instead of some of the rumors that have been spread since the discovery of his tomb.
With all of that being said, it was quite a good read, my suggestion though would be to remove that portion so that no one else would be confused.
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It’s a short read that has a very clever premise, in which the author has cleverly made herself part of the story.

It seems that Ms Carpinello has been lucky enough to gain access to some long lost scrolls, which are said to contain actual recollections from Tutankhamen himself. The novella is an interpretation of the mysterious scrolls which were written long ago, but had been missing until recently.

The words are said to be from the actual spirit of the deceased Pharaoh. What I liked about this book was that it gives a glimpse into the everyday life of Tut, before and after his rise to Pharaoh. It was like a fly on the wall peek at his life without it just being part of a much larger plot. I think it’s a great way to get to know a character and there were plenty of interesting facts and cool snippets of information in there as well.

My guess is that this is a wonderful strategy by the author to familiarise readers with Tut before a full-on book is released.

Am I right? Time will tell?

My bottom line: I really enjoyed this one and I look forward to the ‘predicted’ Tut book.

Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.

A free copy of this book was provided to me by the author for a fair and honest review.
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On 4 November, 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter and his team discovered a tomb in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings, a tomb that he and his sponsor, Lord Carnarvon, weren’t even sure existed. It was the tomb of a little known king, a young man who’d taken the throne at around eight or nine, and had died around age 18: Tutankhamen. The young king, whose obscurity during his own time allowed his tomb to be forgotten, has now become one of the most well-known figures of ancient Egypt. But what do we know about the young king and his unexpected death at such an early age? What do we know about how he lived, how he felt about things like duty, responsibility and obligation, his emotions and opinions, his family life, and his love for his wife, Ankhesenpaaten? The mystery begins right away! Author Cheryl Carpinello, an ardent Egyptophile, reveals that one day she met the Egyptian scholar S.L. Wood, who mentioned that he’d found an ancient scroll, damaged in parts, in a basement room of the Cairo Museum. This appeared to be a scroll written by the young king, almost speaking to his people from beyond the grave. Was it a hoax? Did this scroll even exist? Read on to find out what the young king says in Tutankhamen Speaks.

Cheryl Carpinello has an extraordinary gift for being able to breathe life into what could be dry and dusty facts about people who, to the average person, are just names in a history book. Through wonderful, evocative and poignant descriptions, she takes us back in time to when a young boy lived in ancient Egypt, a boy who was in awe of his great father, and loved his half-sister Ankhesenpaaten.
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By Sharon on February 1, 2015
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A delightful way to bring history to children. The author, Cheryl Carpinello, reveals the young ruler’s feelings. The same feelings any of us may have had. We are also shown an interesting way of life peaking anyone’s curiosity to read on.
Highly recommend for any age.
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The literary ploys are so well done in this book that the reader wonders if in fact it isn't nonfiction. The author makes it apparent how the world looked and seemed to King Tutankhamen from the ages of six through sixteen. What would it have been like to be
King Tutankhamen? This story is like time traveling to understand. The responsibilities he had could be compared and contrasted to what teens' lives are like today. Great read for group discussions.
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