The Tomb of the Boy King by John Frank
A True Story In Verse

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The mummy's curse?

A gold moon rose beyond the cliffs
and lured the robbers from their lair,
as sunset's last light bled upon
the sacred desert grave site where

the boy king, Tutankhamen, lay
surrounded by his treasure hoard,
protected by a curse, some say,
as dangerous as a sharpened sword.

Thus begins the strange unfolding of events encompassing one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century -- the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

The breathtaking combination of John Frank's narrative poem and Tom Pohrt's illustrations brings a new dimension of suspense and excitement to this astonishing true story.

About John Frank

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John Frank is also the author of Erin's Voyage, which Publishers Weekly proclaimed "a tale of mystery and wonder." He lives in Kirkland, Washington. Tom Pohrt is the author and illustrator of Having a Wonderful Time and Coyote Goes Walking. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Published April 9, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Frank (Erin’s Voyage, 1994, etc.) brings the characters of Carter, Carnarvon, Lady Evelyn, and Abdul Ali to life and manages to convey the mystery and wonder surrounding the venture in a fast-paced, almost breathless account—told entirely in verse.

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Hooking readers quickly with an alluring glimpse of ancient grave robbers moving "with catlike stealth" in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Frank sets the scene and then fast-forwards 30 centuries to the efforts of ambitious archeologist Howard Carter and his wealthy friend and financial backer Lord ...

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