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A cobra, a dagger and Egyptian ruins

Published Oct. 4, 2005

Who: Jordan Wall, who just finished the fourth grade at Belcher Elementary in Clearwater. He was in Catherine Welbon's class.

What: Tales of a Dead King my Walter Dean Myers, Morrow, Williams and Co. (Note: This book is out of print, but is available at many libraries.)

The plot: A cobra in your bed. A dagger thrown at you that just misses. A man in a green hat who follows you. These are just some of the many adventures in Tales of a Dead King.

John and Karen are supposed to meet Dr. Leonhardt on an archaeological dig in Egypt. They get a letter saying he won't make it because of a dig in another village. They wonder why he's digging in a village instead of Egyptian ruins, so they decide to investigate. On their way, lots of dangerous incidents occur while a mysterious man in a green hat follows them.

Jordan's rating: The book is boring at first, but gets more exciting and suspenseful as you go along. My favorite part is when John and Karen get captured by animals who are . . . Well, I can't tell you that, can I? You'll just have to read Tales of a Dead King!

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