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 Anubis speaks! : a guide to the afterlife by the Egyptian god of the dead (Secrets of the ancient gods)
 Author: Shecter, Vicky Alvear

 Publisher:  Boyds Mills Press (2013)

 Dewey: 299.31
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 116 p., ill., 20 cm.

 BTSB No: 809286 ISBN: 9781590789957
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Egyptian mythology

Price: $20.74

Anubis, the ancient Egyptian jackal-headed god of embalming, invites young readers to climb aboard his magic boat for a trip to the Land of the Dead. Readers will meet gods, monsters, and pharaohs, learn the techniques of mummification, and help Ra conquer darkness and bring light to the world at dawn.

 Illustrator: Revoy, Antoine J. D.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 6.20
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 177937
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 6.20
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 61982

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/13)
   School Library Journal (09/01/13)

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School Library Journal - 09/01/2013 Gr 4–6—At the heart of this imaginative tour of the afterworld of Egyptian mythology is the judgment of the dead: the recently deceased's heart is weighed against a feather, and the individual's fate is left up to whether the heart is lighter and therefore pure, or heavier and deserving of damnation. The weighing is done by the god of the dead and embalming, Anubis, who also serves as a wickedly funny tour guide. This book is packed with information. Anubis introduces readers to ancient Egypt and its people; the basics of Egyptian mythology; the process of mummification; and, of course, the judgment of souls. Another big topic is the harrowing journey the sun god Ra experiences every night, descending into the Underworld to defeat his enemy, Apophis, and rising again in the morning-an adventure Anubis takes readers on as well. The book ends with a list of gods and demons in the Egyptian pantheon. Anubis is snarky, but he gives a sense of genuine interest and enthusiasm, adding well-injected humor. He also relishes gross or graphic bits, and the illustrations, black-and-white depictions of important scenes, usually feature Anubis grinning and looking oddly joyful-a sentiment that will likely be matched by readers. His narration, plus the incredible wealth of interesting detail, could make this book a hit in any library.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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