Tutankhamen Speaks by Carpinello Review and Free Student PDF

Tutankhamen Speaks was written by Cheryl Carpinello. This is a prequel to her Quest Books Companion to Sons of the Sphinx novel. Previously, I made freebies for other books by Cheryl Carpinello such as Guinevere, On the Eve of Legend at this blog post, and Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom at this blog post. For Tutankhamen Speaks there are free Google Slides for students. There is a free teacher guide PDF, as well, with answer keys for the work slides. There is also a free student save-my-ink PDF version of the Google Slides for a printing option.

The genre for this book is historical fiction ancient civilizations. It was published in 2014 and has 80 pages. The Publisher is Beyond Today Educator, and the cover artist is Rita Toews from Your eBook Cover. This book can be read as a standalone. It has earned a 2014 EVVY Merit Award for Historical Fiction from CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Association). *Note: I purchased my own copy.

Tutankhamen Speaks


The official synopsis is as follows. “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. None of that mattered because the scrolls in question could not be found. Scholars labeled it a hoax, something that never existed. It was ludicrous to imagine someone speaking from the grave. They were wrong on both accounts.”

Meaning, Carpinello goes back in time and sees the story from the point of view of King Tutankhamen from ages 6 up to and including his death at 18. It is a very thoughtful approach to the story with many literary ploys that make it completely convincing. I was wondering if indeed Tutankhamen had spoken to her from the grave! Students could identify the writing techniques that make it seem so realistic. Of course, being based on facts and information it does read like nonfiction. Students might need to remember the genre when reading to return to reality. This book is great for discussion! My family all talked about what they knew in this area, as the topic is so famous.

I liked this book immediately as when I was in 5th grade our teacher taught us about this subject and also allowed us to redecorate our classroom in to a tomb complete with a mummy. We were so excited to fill the tomb with artifacts we made to enhance the learning. It was such a great idea I remember this years later. It is a possible idea for further studies about Egypt.

AUTHOR BIO, by the author herself

“I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those young-at-heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.”

Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello’s Writing Pages where I interview Childrens/Tween/MG/YA authors; and The Quest Books where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.


  1. Katie The Logonauts 05/14/2016 at 3:38 pm

    King Tut is always a big draw with my students! Interesting that there’s been more intrigue about him in the news lately too. Thanks for sharing this with #KidLitBlogHop!

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 05/14/2016 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks, Logonauts! I added the Kit Lit Blog hop logo now!

    • Katie 05/21/2016 at 8:43 am

      Great! Hop you’ll join us again this month for #KidLitBlogHop!

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 05/22/2016 at 9:33 am

      I hope to, I have so much kid lit! Thanks again, Carolyn

  2. Kellee 04/24/2016 at 7:24 pm

    How fascinating! I love King Tut (I went to see his mask in Miami when it was on tour), so I am always looking to learn more about him.

    Thank you for sharing 🙂 My kid lit link up is: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=9385

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 04/26/2016 at 9:43 am

      Thank you for writing. King Tut is fascinating. If you have Apple TV, there is an excellent free video about this. Not what you think! Thank you for writing.

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