EGYPT

KEY: jP = Picture Books; jZ = 1st and 2nd Grade Readers; jE = 3rd and 4th Grade Readers; JF = 5th Grade and Up

EGYPT

updated 9/06


Picture Books

Adinolfi, JoAnn EGYPTIAN POLAR BEAR
A lonely polar bear is swept away on an iceberg and winds up in Egypt where he becomes the royal playmate of Rahotep the boy king.
1994 32 p.

Bower, Tamara HOW THE AMAZON QUEEN FOUGHT THE PRINCE OF EGYPT
With intricate Egyptian and Assyrian-style artwork, this story based on a real Egyptian scroll describes an epic battle between an Amazonian kingdom of warrior women and an invading army. A detailed note provides additional background.
2005 36 p.

Clements, Andrew TEMPLE CAT
A temple cat in ancient Egypt grows tired of being worshipped and cared for in a reverent fashion and travels to the seaside, where he finds genuine affection with a fisherman and his children.
1966 unpaged


3rd - 4th Grade

Bunting, Eve I AM THE MUMMY HEB-NEFERT
A mummy recalls her past life in ancient Egypt as the beautiful wife of the pharoah's brother.
1997 unpaged

Lattimore, Deborah Nourse 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.
1992 32 p.

Paton Walsh, Jill 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.
1994 unpaged

Stolz, Mary ZEKMET: THE STONE CARVER
A TALE OF ANCIENT EGYPT

Chosen to design a magnificent monument for a vain and demanding Pharaoh, an Egyptian stone carver conceives of and begins work on the Sphinx which still stands in the Egyptian desert today.
1988 32 p.

Would, Nick THE SCARAB'S SECRET
The tiniest of creatures can change the fate of a great Pharaoh. The chance meeting of Khepri, the small scarab beetle, and the powerful Pharaoh turns out to be a life altering experience for both and, ultimately, shapes the fate of the young leader. After the scarab uncovers a mysterious plot to murder the Pharaoh he is determined to put an end to it. The tiny scarab with a big heart helps the Pharaoh avert danger and saves the life of his precious ruler. Lavishly illustrated with fifth color gold ink on the cover, this fascinating picture book elegantly depicts ancient Egypt and delivers the important message that even the smallest of creatures can make an impact. A perfect supplement to classroom studies and a great gift for Egyptphiles!
2006 unpaged


5th Grade and Up

Bell, Claire TOMORROW'S SPHINX
Two unusual black cheetahs share a mental link, one cat coming from the past to reveal scenes from his life with the young pharaoh Tutankhamen, and one struggling to survive in a future world ravaged by ecological disaster.
1986 292 p.

Carter, Dorothy HIS MAJESTY, QUEEN HATSHEPSUT
fictionalized account of the life of Hatshepsut, a queen in ancient Egypt who declared herself king and ruled as such for more than twenty years.
1987 248 p.

Gregory, Kristiana Cleopatra VII, daughter of the Nile
While her father is in hiding after attempts on his life, twelve-year-old Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day.
1999 221 p.

Lester, Julius PHARAOH'S DAUGHTER: A NOVEL OF ANCIENT EGYPT
A fictionalized account of a Biblical story in which an Egyptian princess rescues a Hebrew infant who becomes a prophet of his people while his sister finds her true self as a priestess to the Egyptian gods.
2000 182 p.

Levitin, Sonia ESCAPE FROM EGYPT
Levitin makes myth manageable as she focuses on very human characters who are following Moses out of Egypt--the Exodus. Here's a book that's troubling, moving, sensual, and bound to make readers think.
1994 267 p.

Marston, Elsa THE UGLY GODDESS
Fourteen-year-old Princess Meret is unhappy with her future as consort of the Egyptian god Amun, especially after meeting Hector, a handsome Greek soldier, but when she is kidnapped, it is up to Hector and a young servant boy to help rescue her with the aid of the goddess Taweret.
2002 218 p.

McCaughrean, Geraldine CASTING THE GODS ADRIFT: a tale of ancient Egypt
Tutmose, an apprentice sculptor, and his nearly-blind brother, Ibrim, an apprentice musician, are content at the court of Pharoah Akhenaten, but their father rages against Pharoah's rejection of traditional Egyptian gods and plots a deadly revenge.
2002 103 p.

McGraw, Eloise THE GOLDEN GOBLET
A young Egyptian boy struggles to reveal a hideous crime and reshape his own destiny.
1986 248 p.

McGraw, Eloise MARA, DAUGHTER OF THE NILE
The adventures of 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.
1985 279 p.

Rubalcaba, Jill A PLACE IN THE SUN
In ancient Egypt, 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 Pharoah to name him Royal Sculptor.
1997 75 p.

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.
2000 133 p.

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 4000 years later....
1990 221 p.

Turner, Ann MAIA OF THEBES
1463 B.C.
A young Egyptian girl, whose brother secretly taught her to read and write, accuses her uncle of stealing grain from the temple and must run away from Thebes to survive.
2005 169 p.