Book of the Dead

4 CDs. 4:37 hrs. Scholastic Audiobooks. 2015. $25.99. ISBN 9780545788397.
Gr 3–6—Twelve-year-old Alex Sennefer has always been sickly, and when it looks like he's taken a turn for the worse, his scholar mother uses the Egyptian Book of the Dead to save his life. But there are ramifications for unleashing the Book's powerful magic. In Alex's hometown of New York City, and in museums all over the world, the undead start awakening. When Alex's mother mysteriously disappears, it's up to Alex and his best friend, Ren, to find her and fight the ancient magic. This action-packed first title in a planned five-book series is narrated by Ramon De Ocampo who does a wonderful job conveying the excitement and suspense that builds as the story progresses.
VERDICT This title will appeal to middle-grade listeners who crave fast-paced action. Reluctant readers will be captivated by scorpions, curses, and mummies at every turn.

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