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Egyptian secrets take center stage in this interactive mystery where boys and girls can solve codes and puzzles right along with the multicultural cast of characters. Cody, Quinn, Luke, and M.E. love playing around with codes. In fact, they love codes so much they have their own club, with a secret hideout and passwords that change every day. After learning about steganograp Egyptian secrets take center stage in this interactive mystery where boys and girls can solve codes and puzzles right along with the multicultural cast of characters. Cody, Quinn, Luke, and M.E. love playing around with codes. In fact, they love codes so much they have their own club, with a secret hideout and passwords that change every day. After learning about steganography, the study of concealed writing, the Code Busters discover that artists have been hiding secret messages in their artwork for centuries. A clue hunt on a class trip to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum leads the Code Busters to an artifact that doesn't seem to quite fit with the rest of the collection. Could it be a forgery? The Code Busters code-cracking skills and new knowledge of hieroglyphic messages will help them get to the bottom of this mystery, but they better think fast before the criminal tries to frame them! Winner of the 2012 Agatha Award for Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse Nominated for the 2011 Agatha Award for Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key "[A] fun series sure to appeal to graduates of Encyclopedia Brown and Ivy & Bean." -Shelf Awareness "This intriguing tale has vivid characters and such a tantalizing cliffhanger that readers won't be able to resist cracking the next Code Busters." -Kirkus Reviews Releases simultaneously in electronic book format (9781606844601).


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Egyptian secrets take center stage in this interactive mystery where boys and girls can solve codes and puzzles right along with the multicultural cast of characters. Cody, Quinn, Luke, and M.E. love playing around with codes. In fact, they love codes so much they have their own club, with a secret hideout and passwords that change every day. After learning about steganograp Egyptian secrets take center stage in this interactive mystery where boys and girls can solve codes and puzzles right along with the multicultural cast of characters. Cody, Quinn, Luke, and M.E. love playing around with codes. In fact, they love codes so much they have their own club, with a secret hideout and passwords that change every day. After learning about steganography, the study of concealed writing, the Code Busters discover that artists have been hiding secret messages in their artwork for centuries. A clue hunt on a class trip to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum leads the Code Busters to an artifact that doesn't seem to quite fit with the rest of the collection. Could it be a forgery? The Code Busters code-cracking skills and new knowledge of hieroglyphic messages will help them get to the bottom of this mystery, but they better think fast before the criminal tries to frame them! Winner of the 2012 Agatha Award for Case #2: The Haunted Lighthouse Nominated for the 2011 Agatha Award for Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key "[A] fun series sure to appeal to graduates of Encyclopedia Brown and Ivy & Bean." -Shelf Awareness "This intriguing tale has vivid characters and such a tantalizing cliffhanger that readers won't be able to resist cracking the next Code Busters." -Kirkus Reviews Releases simultaneously in electronic book format (9781606844601).

30 review for The Mummy's Curse

  1. 4 out of 5

    EmmaB

    Silly fun, that would be delightful for a 10 year old. I'm reminded of the Encyclopedia Brown series, and choose your own adventure. Not sure about the pig Latin, but the ASL alphabet, semaphor, and heiroglyphics (and occoasional hints) were some fun. Silly fun, that would be delightful for a 10 year old. I'm reminded of the Encyclopedia Brown series, and choose your own adventure. Not sure about the pig Latin, but the ASL alphabet, semaphor, and heiroglyphics (and occoasional hints) were some fun.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    Read for MAM project

  3. 5 out of 5

    aem

    Ms Stad is awesome!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Teresa

    Originally posted on my blog, ReadLove . Having now read the first four book’s in Penny Warner’s The Code Busters Club series, I am happy to announce that Case 4, The Mummy’s Curse, does not disappoint. In fact, with its Egyptology focus, I had more fun with book 4 than any of the preceding titles! If you’ve just discovered the series by landing upon The Mummy’s Curse on the shelf at the bookstore, have no fear. Any book in the series can easily serve as an entry point, since the character dos Originally posted on my blog, ReadLove . Having now read the first four book’s in Penny Warner’s The Code Busters Club series, I am happy to announce that Case 4, The Mummy’s Curse, does not disappoint. In fact, with its Egyptology focus, I had more fun with book 4 than any of the preceding titles! If you’ve just discovered the series by landing upon The Mummy’s Curse on the shelf at the bookstore, have no fear. Any book in the series can easily serve as an entry point, since the character dossiers introduce readers to the members of the club. Because the books are more plot centered than character driven, you won’t feel like you’re missing huge chunks of knowledge needed to understand the text. While I encourage you to start at the beginning, you’ll have no less fun if you dive right in and work your way back later. Each title in the series stands alone well, if necessary, and in a children’s book series today, that’s a welcome rarity! Not surprisingly, the books are inspired by that loveable “grandmother” of all young sleuths, Nancy Drew. In fact, author Penny Warner, who grew up reading the Carolyn Keene classics, loved Nancy so dearly that she wrote a book called The Official Nancy Drew Handbook. The Code Busters Club books have the broad and timeless appeal of that classic series, but with thoroughly modern kids with twenty-first century sensibilities. The focus on codes serves as a neat twist that makes this series unique. Cody and the rest of the gang are studied in not only old school methods like Morse code and semaphore, but they commonly use improvised methods that involve technology — hidden messages in email and cell phone apps, for instance. It’s only natural that when their latest school learning unit/field trip takes them to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California, the kids are inspired by their newly acquired understanding of hieroglyphs to create their own glyphs using special characters found on a computer keyboard. (They wanted to continue to use hieroglyphs for secret communications but realized they’d need their own code set since their classmates are all equipped with decoder cards.) As with previous stories in the series, The Mummy’s Curse is brimming with interesting facts, including the word steganography and its meaning, information on Egyptian Gods, the mummification process, the eye of Horus, and of course, an introduction to hieroglyphs. Kids will delight in decoding hieroglyphs to reveal ten mummy-focused riddles. And when they read the answers to those riddles, they are sure to giggle and groan, just like the kids from Berkeley Cooperative Middle School. In addition to Egyptology, kids will learn to have a keen eye for detail when the text teaches them a thing or two they may never have noticed in an every day object, the dollar bill. Above all else, kids who pick up a Code Busters Book will have a blast following along with the Code Busters Club as the intelligent and inquisitive foursome encounters and solves mysteries. Readers will be so engrossed that they are sure to feel part of the club! (Happily, the puzzle-solving adventure will continue in book five, which promises to be ultra-cool as the kids will travel to Washington, D.C., where they’ll visit the Smithsonian Museum and the International Spy Museum!) Verdict:4.5 of 5 Hearts. Mega-Fun Interactive Mystery Series! Penny Warner’s award-winning series, The Code Busters Club, is the perfect solution for mystery-loving kids who’ve explored Encyclopedia Brown or Nancy Drew and are looking for not just more titles to read, but books in which they can be active participants! So encourage your own super sleuth to pick up a title, crack the codes, and uncover all the fun hidden inside! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Egmont USA for providing me a copy of this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    This book is described as being similar to the old Encyclopedia Brown books, and I would have to agree. It is interactive--readers are given the opportunity to solve codes and puzzle within the text and there is a mystery for the reader to help the "Code Buster Club" solve, albeit a not very complicated one. That being said, I think this is entirely appropriate and engaging for 3-5th grade age students, and it is part of a series, which could get students hooked as well. Interestingly enough, th This book is described as being similar to the old Encyclopedia Brown books, and I would have to agree. It is interactive--readers are given the opportunity to solve codes and puzzle within the text and there is a mystery for the reader to help the "Code Buster Club" solve, albeit a not very complicated one. That being said, I think this is entirely appropriate and engaging for 3-5th grade age students, and it is part of a series, which could get students hooked as well. Interestingly enough, there is a page in the back of the book about how to use this book in the classroom, suggesting lesson ideas for English and math about codes and code breaking. Since the book is called "The Mummy's Curse," there also is a social studies connection to learning about Ancient Egyptians as well. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the amount of content presented in this book about Egyptians, considering the book itself is rather light and playful. It works within the story as well. I may not directly use this book in social studies instruction, but I think it could be a great one to book talk and keep in a classroom library. 1/3

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tashia Jennings

    I know this is going to sound crazy to some. My daughter was in my lap while I was entering in Goodreads giveaways. She would commit here and there but when she saw "Mummy's Curse (The Code Busters Club)", my daughter got all excited and said, "oh mom, look, it is the mummy's curse. " So we entered for the giveaway and what would you guess? Thanks to Goodreads First Reads my daughter and I will be reading it for free. Thanks also to the wonderful Penny Warner! Can not wait till she comes home fro I know this is going to sound crazy to some. My daughter was in my lap while I was entering in Goodreads giveaways. She would commit here and there but when she saw "Mummy's Curse (The Code Busters Club)", my daughter got all excited and said, "oh mom, look, it is the mummy's curse. " So we entered for the giveaway and what would you guess? Thanks to Goodreads First Reads my daughter and I will be reading it for free. Thanks also to the wonderful Penny Warner! Can not wait till she comes home from school to tell her the news. Thanks so much. Oct. 21, 2014: "The Mummy's Curse" part of Penny Warner's The Code Busters Club series arrived today. My daughter and I were so excited and happy. We sat down and read it together. She really enjoyed this chapter book. Thanks so much Penny Warner. It is so nice to find such a book that delights and keeps children's attention for start to finish!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    The Code Busters Club is a group of four friends who love to solve puzzles and codes. Cody, Quinn, Luke and ME are in 6th grade and learning about hieroglyphics. Their classes are taking a trip to the local Egyptian museum. At the museum they meet Ms. Cassat, the museum director, and Dr. Jordan, a forgery expert. The kids notice that an eye of horus appears to be fake and they start investigating what happened to the real one. Did Dr. Jordan create the perfect forgery or did Ms. Casset's love of The Code Busters Club is a group of four friends who love to solve puzzles and codes. Cody, Quinn, Luke and ME are in 6th grade and learning about hieroglyphics. Their classes are taking a trip to the local Egyptian museum. At the museum they meet Ms. Cassat, the museum director, and Dr. Jordan, a forgery expert. The kids notice that an eye of horus appears to be fake and they start investigating what happened to the real one. Did Dr. Jordan create the perfect forgery or did Ms. Casset's love of Egyptian jewelry get the better of her? This is an interesting book. In some ways I really liked the fact that there are actual puzzles for the reader to solve along with the Code Busters. In others I became really frustrated by the fact that I had to keep flipping to the back of the book to find out the answers. I thought the mystery was good and not as obvious as some kid's mysteries. I liked that all the kids were smart and did their parts to solve the mystery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    B

    I was hoping this would be a good Book Club for kids selection but the story line is just too unrealistic, almost silly. I'm disappointed because a book with codes would be great and I love that sign language is included. I'll try the first one in the series... I was hoping this would be a good Book Club for kids selection but the story line is just too unrealistic, almost silly. I'm disappointed because a book with codes would be great and I love that sign language is included. I'll try the first one in the series...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This is a fun series. This episode deals with an Egyptian museum middle school visit. I bought a copy for my grand nephew, but had to read it first to be sure he'd like it. This is a fun series. This episode deals with an Egyptian museum middle school visit. I bought a copy for my grand nephew, but had to read it first to be sure he'd like it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    Great book, I won this for my niece for Christmas and I know she will really enjoy the story. A good book that challenges the mind while you have fun reading the story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    joseph burtulato

    It was a pretty fun tween crime caper. I enjoy a good museum mystery story. It was fun deciphering the codes but it did get a little old after a while.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nora Flores

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kaavya Jethwa

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cyber

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth Romatz

  17. 4 out of 5

    Riley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deb

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ting Zhu

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kenyu

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vivaan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angelina Almaguer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Manu S Bedi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Forest gnome

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

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