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Tutankhamen Speaks by [Carpinello, Cheryl]
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Long ago the old texts of ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archaeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation. But, Tutankhamen Speaks isn't a story about the lost scrolls. It's about the story written down on those ancient scrolls: Tutankhamen's story.

2014 EVVY Merit Award for Historical Fiction from CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.)

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1329 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond Today Educator (Jan. 24 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E18KH46
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Tutankhamen Speaks is the second book that I've read from Ms Cheryl Carpinello the first book was The Sons of the Sphinx and I can say I thoroughly enjoyed both story. This authors writes for middle grades and young adult fiction and she has an amazing way with getting you hooked on history. This story is written in Tutankhamen point of view which make's it seem like he still lives as Pharaoh of Egypt. The story is written like this author was able to get her hand on lost scroll which contained actual recollections from the young Tut before he became the Pharaoh. These mystery scrolls that was written long ago and had been missing until recently is a journey through his life. The way this story is written is said to be from the spirit of the deceased Pharaoh himself. I like how the author has given as a glimpse into the everyday life of Tutankhamen ,before and after his rise to Pharaoh of Egypt. As reading this great story I felt like I was transported back in time and seeing everything through his eyes, what his life was really like . I totally like how Ms Cheryl Carpinello has to learn the young about characters in history or future pasted , it's enjoyable and fun at the same time for all readers. I could go on and tell you more about this great story ,but that would spoil it for you. I highly recommend that you reading this great story ,then pass it to your young teenage daughter of son because none of you's will be disappointed
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9aa455a0) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a88d138) out of 5 stars This was quite a surprising and fun read. March 24 2014
By SJJM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a88d18c) out of 5 stars Ancient Egypt Comes Alive! March 25 2016
By Fiona Ingram - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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. His memories of early childhood, descriptions of daily life in ancient times, his growing up years, the games he played, the ceremonies and, of course, the politics and religion are all examined for the interested reader. The author also includes interesting facts that readers may not be aware of, so interesting that these might quite change your thoughts of ancient Egyptian times and rulers. This is a wonderful read for all ages, and at the end of this short book, you’ll be left like me, wanting more. I truly enjoyed this! Five stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Sharon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a88d984) out of 5 stars Simply intriguing July 15 2016
By Becky Lyons Borgia at Growing Up Naturally Together - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
So the story is that some ancient scrolls have turned up and were translated. Supposedly, these scrolls depict words that King Tut spoke from the grave...

The scrolls were transferred into book format by Cheryl Carpinello. This book is a companion book to her book entitled Sons of Sphinx (also an excellent read for young adults/teens).

I really enjoyed learning more about King Tut from "his" point of view... it's intriguing to think that he spoke to someone from the grave about his life and this person thought to write down what King Tut said.

Who knows if it's true...but it's still fun and interesting! And definitely a good read.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a88da68) out of 5 stars New Young Adult Book Reveals Secrets of King Tut’s Lost Manuscript June 30 2015
By Tyler R. Tichelaar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
King Tut is one of the most famous pharaohs of Ancient Egypt because of the discovery of his fabulous tomb, but until now, his full story has not been known. Young adult author Cheryl Carpinello has created an imaginative yet historical retelling of King Tut’s full life story in her new novel Tutankhamen Speaks.

Both a stand-alone young adult novel and a companion book to Carpinello’s time travel adventure novel, Sons of the Sphinx, Tutankhamen Speaks contains a letter to the author from an Egyptologist named S.W. Lothian. In it, Lothian includes the recently discovered manuscript that makes up the bulk of the novel; that manuscript tells the life story of King Tut in his own words. Of course, found manuscripts have long been a staple of adventure fiction, but what makes this one special is that old texts of ancient Egypt have long alluded to scrolls that recorded King Tut’s life story as he told it from beyond the grave. Of course, scholars thought it impossible that anyone—even a pharaoh—could speak after he was dead.

However, as Carpinello makes clear, King Tut could have spoken through a medium who then wrote down the tale. And what a tale it is! King Tut tells us his entire life story from when he was a boy and not yet acknowledged as heir to the throne of Egypt, through his father’s death and his own ascension to the throne; we learn of his love for Ankhesenpaaten, whom he married, the sadness they experienced at the loss of a child, and the politics and hierarchy of ancient Egypt with its court intrigue.

Being written in the form of an ancient manuscript, the story is broken up into fragments and in places pieces of the text are missing—another literary ploy by Carpinello, but one that will make young readers feel the manuscript and story are real—I was almost convinced myself. More importantly, readers will be able to see Ancient Egypt through the eyes of its most famous ruler and step into his shoes to discover what life was like four thousand years ago.

As a companion piece to Sons of the Sphinx, this book expands on many of the incidents in King Tut’s life that are referenced in that book. Both books stand alone, and either could be read first. Carpinello loves bringing the distant past to life through her books. Previously, she brought the time of King Arthur to young adult readers in her popular books Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend and The King’s Ransom. She knows well how to blend entertainment with information that will leave readers wanting to learn more about her topics—a skill she has gained from years of being involved in education. According to her website, she is currently working on more books, including ones set in Atlantis and Pompeii as well as a sequel to Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend.

Keep them coming, Cheryl. This adult reader loves them and I would have loved them as a kid even more! If I had read Tutankhamen Speaks when I was in school, I might have been inspired to fulfill my other dream of being an archeologist instead of an author.