Egypt Booklist

I’m currently about three-quarters of the way through Rick Riordan’s newest, The Red Pyramid; a full review will be posted when I’m done.  But, because I’m sure there will be kids who finish before I do, I’d like to share some other books that feature Egypt, Egyptian gods and goddesses, and kids who encounter Egyptian magic. Just in case you find yourself wanting more!

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Fictional stories about Egypt:

Picture books:
dePaola, Tomie.  Bill and Pete, Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile, Bill and Pete to the Rescue
A series of adventures with  Bill, the crocodile and Pete, his “toothbrush” plover bird friend on the banks of the River Nile.

Gerrard, Roy.  Croco’Nile
Set sail for adventure with Hamut and his sister Nekatu, as they stow away on a sailboat, paint a pyramid, and win the favor of a pharaoh.

Hofmeyr, Dianne.  The Star-Bearer
When the god-child Atum emerges from inky silence to begin his work of creation, at first all goes well; from his breath and hands come the gods of air and rain, followed by Geb, the god of earth and Nut, goddess of the sky. But then things start to go wrong, for earth and sky cling together, whispering secrets and laughter.  What can Atum do?

Krebs, Laurie.  We’re Sailing Down the Nile: A Journey through Egypt
As the riverboat sails down the Nile River, remnants of Egypt’s long history and aspects of its present culture are revealed on its banks. Includes end notes with additional information about ancient Egyptian culture.le

Lattimore, Deborah.  The Winged Cat
In ancient Egypt, a young servant girl and a High Priest must each find the correct magic spells from the Book of the Dead that open the twelve gates of the Netherworld to determine who is telling the truth about the death of the girl’s sacred cat.

Logan, Claudia.  The 5,000 Year Old Puzzle
A fictionalized account of the excavation of a secret tomb at Giza, Egypt, in 1925, told  through the experiences of a young boy who accompanies his father on an archeological dig.

Mike, Jan.  Gift of the Nile
During a magical boat ride on the Nile, Mutemwia proves that her love for the Pharaoh is a gift of the heart and needs no cage to hold it.

Sabuda, Robert.  Tutankhamen’s Gift
Young Tutankhamen, the youngest in his family, observes and admires the work of the craftsmen of his father, the Pharoah, who are building glorious temples to Egypt’s gods.  When he becomes ruler of all Egypt, can he continue his father’s traditions?

Walsh, Jill Paton.  Pepi and the Secret Names
As he paints the lion, hawk, crocodile, and cobra that his son has managed to coax to serve as models for the decorations on the tomb of Prince Dhutmose, Pepi’s father captures an even more important animal.

Would, Nick.  The Scarab’s Secret
A tiny scarab beetle saves the Pharaoh from a trap that would have led to his death. Includes facts about ancient Egypt.

Yates, Philip.  Ten Little Mummies
Ten little mummies become bored with staying in a room together all day.  But when they go outside to play they disappear, one by one.

Juvenile Fiction
Baccalario, Pierdominico.  The Long-Lost Map
Eleven-year-old twins Jason and Julia, along with their friend Rick, find themselves in ancient Egypt in search of an important map after going through a magical door in their old English mansion

Bradshaw, Gillian.  The Dragon and the Thief
In ancient Egypt Prahotep, an unlucky young man, meets a wealthy dragon named Hathor while robbing a tomb. Together, they find dangerous but exciting adventure on a journey to save Hathor’s treasure. Try the sequel too: The Land of Gold.

Byars, Betsy.  McMummy
Looking after an eccentric scientist’s greenhouse doesn’t seem any stranger than the other odd jobs taken by Mozie and his partner Battie–until Mozie discovers a large, mummy-shaped pod on one of the plants.

Carter, Dorothy.  His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut
Hatshepsut, a 13-year-old Egyptian princess, feels very unfortunate.  As a girl, she’s denied the throne.  But Hatshepsut doesn’t know what’s in store for her; within the next few years, she will become a bride, a widow, and finally, a queen who rules as one of Egypt’s longest-reigning Pharoahs.

Curry, Jane Louise.  The Egyptian Box
Tee is happy to find that the ancient Egyptian box she inherits holds a shabti, a spirit who will serve her, until she notices changes in her servant’s appearance and behavior.

Dexter, Catherine.  The Gilded Cat
When twelve-year-old Maggie buys a strange little statue at a yard sale, she’s surprised to discover that it’s actually a mummified cat and is drawn into a frightening world of ancient Egyptian magic.

Karr, Kathleen. Gideon and the Mummy Professor
Gideon, part of a traveling vaudeville act in 1855, admires the mysterious centerpiece of their show: George, a genuine Egyptian mummy.  When George surrenders the secret of fabulous riches to Gideon, he becomes the center of a swarm of colorful and conniving characters when the promise of ancient treasure drives everyone around him completely crazy.

Kerr, Philip.  The Akhenaten Adventure
When twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers. Follow up with other books in The Children of the Lamp series!

LaFevers, R.L.  Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
Theo uses arcane knowledge and her own special talent when she encounters two secret societies, one sworn to protect the world from ancient Egyptian magic and one planning to harness it to bring chaos to the world. Both groups want a valuable artifact stolen from the London museum for which her parents work.  Also read Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus and Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris.

McGraw, Eloise  The Golden Goblet
It was all Ranofer wanted: to be a master goldsmith, as his father had been.  But he was kept from his life’s ambition by his wicked half brother, Gebu, who forced him to apprentice in a stonecutting shop.  When Ranofer finds a golden goblet in Gebu’s home, so beautifully made that he knows it must have been stolen from one of the tombs in the City of the Dead. Determined, he sets out to reveal this shameful crime and prove Gebu’s guilt.

McMullan, Kate.  Under the Mummy’s Spell
When Peter Harring kisses a mummy mask on a dare, he finds that he has fulfilled an age-old prophecy and must contend with an ancient Egyptian sorceress in order to right a terrible wrong.

Moss, Marissa.  The  Pharoah’s Secret
When fourteen-year-old Talibah and her ten-year-old brother, Adom, visit modern-day Egypt with their historian-father, they become involved in a mystery surrounding Hatshepsut, a woman pharaoh, and Senenmut, architect of Hatshepsut’s mortuary tomb, as well as their own deceased mother.

Rubalcaba, Jill.  A Place in the Sun
In ancient Egypt, Senmut, the gifted young son of a sculptor is taken into slavery when he attempts to save his father’s life, and is himself almost killed before his exceptional talent leads Pharaoh to name him Royal Sculptor.

Schultz, Barbara.  The Secret of the Pharaohs
When visiting the Temple of Karnak just outside Luxor in 1881, Dick Morrow finds a small black bag, containing relics, buried under the floor. And so begins an incredible adventure with tomb robbers and a mysterious village of thieves amid the ruins of ancient Egypt.

Scieszka, Jon.  Tut, Tut
The Time Warp Trio end up in Ancient Egypt, accompanied by Joe’s sister Anna and her cat Cleo, dodging crocodiles on the Nile, out-witting the evil high priest in tombs and temples, and searching for an escape route from the top secret mummy-making chamber.

Voigt, Cynthia.  The Vandemark Mummy
When their father is made responsible for a collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, Phineas and his older sister Althea try to find out why the collection is the target of thieves, especially when the mummy disappears.

Teen Fiction
McGraw, Eloise. Mara, Daughter of the Nile
The adventures of Mara, an ingenious Egyptian slave girl who undertakes a dangerous assignment as a spy in the royal palace of Thebes, in the days when Queen Hatshepsut ruled.

Nash, Naomi.  Chloe, Queen of Denial
Chloe spends an adventurous summer at an archaeological dig in Egypt.

Rubalcaba, Jill.  The Wadjet Eye
After his mother dies, Damon, a young medical student living in Alexandria, Egypt, in 45 B.C., makes a perilous journey to Spain to locate his father who is serving in the Roman army led by Julius Caesar.

Service, Pamela.  The Reluctant God
While his brother prepares to mount the throne of Egypt as the next member of the Twelfth Dynasty, the teenage prince Ameni is sealed in a secret tomb in a state of suspended animation, to be revived four thousand years later by the fourteen-year-old daughter of an archeologist.

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Look for The Red Pyramid coming soon!



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