Following my reading it plan, I was overdue for a middle grade novel, so I was delighted to have Tut turn up in the mail. Hoover seems to have found her niche in the genre popularized by Rick Riordan of blending mythology, adventure, and contemporary middle school angst. Can't wait to booktalk this to kids.
Fourteen-year-old King Tut is assassinated in his tomb by his uncle and advisor, General Horemheb a devotee of the Cult of Set, but he gives as well as he gets and slays Horemheb at the same time. But, that is not the end, it is only the beginning as the gods step in and give them both immortal hearts. Flash forward three thousand years and Tut, forever fourteen, is an eighth grader in Washington D.C. and Horemheb is still not done with him and the Cult of Set is growing ever more dangerous.
I remember how passionate I was about mythology starting in third grade so I figure kids, that young, who love mythology will also go for it. It's main audience, though, is probably those in 5th - 7th grade who will appreciate the humor and enjoy attaching obscure facts found in the story to what they already know about ancient Egypt and contemporary Washington D.C. Tut's family and friends are also a delight.