About Mummy Tombs

How to Make a Mummy Talk


This fact-filled book takes the reader on a mummy-discovery tour that spans centuries and continents. You'll learn exactly what mummies are, how they are created, where they have been found, how scientists investigate them, and what they tell us about people who lived long ago. Published in hardcover by Houghton Mifflin and in paperback by Dell, this book is now out of print. Illustrated by True Kelley. For ages 8 and up.



Reviews and Honors

Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books: "With an enticing blend of detail, practicality, and humor, Deem unwraps the phenomenon of mummies.... Lively and illuminating pencil sketches, maps, diagrams, and boxed sidebars keep the pages accessible and appealing.... Fans of [Deem's] previous books...will be tickled by this trip to the tombs."

School Library Journal: Deem "provides plenty of intriguing anecdotes and tips off readers on where to track down museums that display mummies and where to read more about them."

Booklist: "Deem's aim is to transform mummies from being gross curiosities to being witnesses of past history.... An up-to-date bibliography and a general tone of excitement about what can be learned from mummies make the book of interest to budding Egyptologists and physical anthropologists."

The Horn Book: "Deem's logical, thorough exploration of a compelling topic is liberally sprinkled withfascinating anecdotes. Well-organized chapters delineate the historical and cultural aspects of mummies. In order to 'avoid the sensationalism of the past,' no photographs are included; instead, line drawings elucidate the text."

Selected as an Honor Book in Science by the Society of School Librarians International, 1996

Chapter 1. Mummy Mythology


 Chapter 2. More Mummy Mythology


Chapter 3. The Art of Artificial Mummymaking


Chapter 4. Mummies by Accident


Chapter 5. How to Make a Mummy Talk


Chapter 6. A Mummy's Tongue


Chapter 7. A Mummy's Tummy


Chapter 8. Three Mummies' Tales


Chapter 9. Stopping Mummy Dummies


Chapter 10. Paying your Respects


Chapter 11. Becoming a Mummy Master


You can find more information about this book on on my author website.