Mystery of the Egyptian Mummy

Kid Detective Zet

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Something scary is happening in ancient Egypt . . . Discover the bone-chilling secrets in this spooky mystery!


When 12-year-old Zet comes face-to-face with a whispering mummy, Zet's eyes practically pop out of his head. Goosebumps race down his neck. Why is a mummy haunting his front door? What does the scary monster want? Zet quickly joins forces with his 11-year-old sister Kat and best friend Hui. The three kids need to unwind this spine-tingling mystery fast, because there's a zany rumor that they're cursed. If they don't, their world might just come unraveled! Clues send them tiptoeing through the hotspots of ancient Egypt--running into hieroglyphics covered tombs and frantically paddling up and down the Nile on a wild mummy chase. They soon suspect this will be their spookiest mystery ever!
Readers will appreciate this fun, smart, exciting step up from Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House and R.L. Stine's Goosebumps as it "lends itself to being read by kids moving beyond chapter books." The short chapters provide easy wins for middle school readers and makes it perfect for school reading lists. Fans of the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew,and Indiana Jones will be right at home. This is a middle-grade book for boys, a middle-grade book for girls. Popular in kids book clubs and homeschooling. An action oriented tale that's a great way to introduce middle-school youngsters to the world of ancient Egypt. "A big hit in our library, can't keep it on the shelf. Don't miss this must-read!" - E. Crow, Librarian
"Mummies. Curses. Clues to unravel...Scott Peters has done it again." ~ S.D. Brown, author of The Lake Quilt Mystery
~ Perfect for all kids ages 9-12 (Lexile: 490-570)
"Excellent 'Indiana Jones' style mystery." - Top Reviewer
6th grade ELA/SS: "My co-teacher and I have used (Book 1) for the past 2 years and the students absolutely love it!" Janine Taft. Teachers, librarians, and parents will appreciate the ancient civilizations facts and geography and appropriate language for Ages 8-14 Grades 3-7 | #1 Amazon best-selling series in Children's Geography & Cultures > Action & Adventure | ACTION. SMART. EXCITING | Packed with Ancient Egypt References | Also available: BOOK 1, MYSTERY OF THE EGYPTIAN SCROLL, BOOK 2: MYSTERY OF THE EGYPTIAN AMULET, & BOOK 3, MYSTERY OF THE EGYPTIAN TEMPLE | FREE shipping when you get the first 3 books in the series!

Kid Detective Zet Series:

  • Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll

  • Mystery of the Egyptian Amulet

  • Mystery of the Egyptian Temple

  • Mystery of the Egyptian Mummy

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Shelve under: modern classics, books for boys, books for girls, books for kids age 9 - 12, books for middle grade, books for boys 9 - 12, funny exciting stories for kids, Diary of a Wimpy Kid readers, reluctant readers, 5th grade, travel with kids, Mr Lemoncello's Library, Hardy Boys, Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, appropriate books for kids, librarian-approved.

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About the author

 Scott Peters writes action-filled adventure stories set in ancient Egypt. In addition to writing, the author has created over 300 museum, science center and theme park installations for such places as the SMITHSONIAN, WALT DISNEY WORLD, PARAMOUNT PICTURES, and the WASHINGTON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. Peters also helped design an interactive TV show for the NICKELODEON CHANNEL. 

"I write the kind of stories I would have loved to have read as a kid, when I was 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12. Mysteries packed with adventure that make a kid feel smart, like he or she is traveling somewhere really amazing and learning neat things in an interesting way--not dry old facts in some textbook, but experiencing it--and solving a puzzle to become a hero at the same time!"

Scott Peters runs an ancient Egypt blog that gets over 1,500 VISITORS A DAY. Thirsty for a ton of cool facts? Find a treasure trove at Scott's blog:
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Long, long ago, and far, far away lives a boy named Zet who's a great detective.      He just doesn't know it yet.  Trouble strikes Zet's hometown when a secret scroll falls into the wrong hands. The information on that papyrus is highly classified. Who knows what the thieves are planning? Meanwhile, the ancient Egyptian police are offering a hefty reward to anyone who can lead them to the culprits. Zet's ahead of the game because he's already got a solid clue--which is more than the authorities can say. But does he have what it takes to crack his first case? Or is he getting in way over his head? There's only one way to find out . . . Kids will love this wild adventure that takes them running along the Nile, through strange temples bristling with pillars, past walls covered in ancient hieroglyphics, all while they try to figure out what happens next. 

Praise for Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll: 

"A big hit in our library, can't keep it on the shelf." - E. Crow, Librarian 

"Action packed" - Middle Grade Fiction Finder 

6th grade ELA/SS: "My co-teacher and I have used this book for the past 2 years and the students absolutely love it!" Janine Taft.

   ~ The short, exciting chapters make it perfect for school reading lists. ~ Great for all children age 9-12 (Lexile: 490-570) ~ Packed with fascinating ancient Egypt facts kids will love Teachers, librarians, and parents will appreciate the ancient civilizations facts and geography and appropriate language for middle-grade readers ages 8-14 Grades 3-7 | ACTION. SMART. EXCITING | Packed with Ancient Egypt References | Also available: BOOK 2: MYSTERY OF THE EGYPTIAN AMULET, BOOK 3, MYSTERY OF THE EGYPTIAN TEMPLE & BOOK 4, MYSTERY OF THE EGYPTIAN MUMMY 

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