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Title:
Screaming mummies of the Pharaoh's tomb II
Author:
Howe, James, 1946-
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Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003.
Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Summary:
Howie the wirehaired dachshund and his friend Delilah collaborate on a novel, trying to win the coveted Newbony Award.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 1.0 67175.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.4 3 Quiz: 32851 Guided reading level: O.
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ISBN:
9780689839535
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Dear possible reader of this book,
I wasn't sure I'd be able to write a book ever again after Canine Quarterly reviewed my series, Tales from the House of Bunnicula. They said I would never win the Newbony Award. Was I depressed! And I didn't even know what a Newbony was! Luckily Delilah's read a lot of Newbony books, so she helped me write this one. It's about a poor (but very cute) orphan dachshund puppy named Howie Monroe, who lives on the prairie and yearns for a chicken bone. (I know. Trust me.) Things really get exciting when Howie and his best friend, the smart and well-read Delilah, find a time machine and travel back to ancient Egypt where they uncover...the mystery of the Pharaoh's tomb!!!
Uncle Harold (who wrote a bunch of books about our friend Bunnicula) says he thinks Delilah and I learned a lot about working together. I'm just glad we're still speaking to each other, and I hope you like the story.
Your friend,
Howie


Author Notes

James Howe was born in Oneida, New York on August 2, 1946. He attended Boston University and majored in theater. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a literary agent. His first book, Bunnicula, was published in 1979. It won several awards including the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Nene Award. He is the author of more than 90 books for young readers including the Bunnicula series, the Bunnicula and Friends series, the Tales from the House of Bunnicula series, Pinky and Rex series, and the Sebastian Barth Mystery series. His other works include The Hospital Book , A Night Without Stars, Dew Drop Dead, The Watcher, The Misfits, Totally Joe, Addie on the Inside, and Also Known As Elvis.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Excerpts

Excerpts

Howie's Writing Journal I'm never going to write again!!!!!!!!!!!! Uncle Harold, who is this really smart dog I live with who's written all these books about our rabbit, Bunnicula, who our cat, Chester (who is also really smart) says is a vampire because... I forgot what I was trying to say. Proof! I can't write! I'm never going to write again!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, now I remember. Uncle Harold (who isn't really my uncle, I just call him that) says that he's gotten lots of bad reviews and that I shouldn't let one bad review get to me. Ha! Easy for him to say. He's been writing for a katrillion years and his books have sold a katrillion copies, even if he has gotten some stinko reviews. But I've written only three books. I've just gotten started. Nobody will want to read my books after what Canine Quarterly -- my former favorite magazine in the whole world!! -- had to say: Howie Monroe writes with energy and a sense of humor, but he is a literary lightweight. Pack his books to while away the time when you're going for an extended stay at the kennel, but don't be looking for him to win the Newbony Award any time soon. A literary lightweight!!!!!!!!!!!! Would a literary lightweight know how to use as many adjectives as I do? Or exclamation points!!!? Oh, what's the use? If I'm never going to win the Newbony Award, why should I even bother to write? I wonder what the Newbony Award is. Howie's Writing Journal My friend Delilah, who is this beautiful and REALLY SMART dog who lives down the street and happens to be one of my best friends in the whole world and is maybe even my girlfriend, although I've never told her that, not in so many words, anyway, well, Delilah said the Newbony Award is about the biggest award a book can be given. She said her owner, Amber Faye Gorbish, reads Newbony books all the time. I told her Pete, who is Amber's boyfriend and one of the two boys who lives in the house with me (Toby is the other one), reads stuff like the FleshCrawler books by M. T. Graves. Those books are soooooo cool. My favorite is #28: Screaming Mummies of the Pharaoh's Tomb. It's about these twins who find a time-travel machine in their grandfather's attic and... Anyway, Delilah said that books with titles like Screaming Mummies of the Pharaoh's Tomb never win the Newbony Award. I asked her what does win. She thought about it for a long time. "Books that are sad," she said finally. "And take place a long time ago." "Screaming Mummies of the Pharaoh's Tomb takes place a long time ago," I pointed out. "And it's sad. Especially the part where the screaming mummies crumble into about a katrillion pounds of dust." Delilah gave me a look. If it was a look in a Newbony book, it would have been described as "withering." "It also helps if the characters are poor and somebody dies," she went on. "Or if the main character, usually a child and preferably an orphan, goes on a long journey. Alone. Oh, and it should be a book girls will like." A story started taking shape in my mind. (It's amazing how that happens when you're a writer.) I pictured a poor (but cute) dachshund puppy, all alone in the world, without a penny or a parent to call his own, setting off in search of...something...and it's a long time ago, like last week, maybe, and...somebody dies. I told Delilah. "You need help," she said. "I've read a lot of Newbony books. Maybe we could write the book together." I wasn't sure I liked that idea. I've never written with somebody else. Besides, I wanted to win the Newbony myself. But then, I figured, half a Newbony is better than none. "Okay," I said. "But can it still be about a poor (but cute) puppy? And could he be named Howie Monroe?" Delilah didn't love that idea, but I reminded her that I am a published author, so I should get some say. "Okay," she said, "as long as his friend -- a girl puppy named Delilah -- has an important part." "Deal," I told her. Newbony Award, here we come!!!!!!!!!!!! Text copyright © 2003 James Howe Illustrations copyright © 2003 by Brett Helquist Excerpted from Screaming Mummies of the Pharaoh's Tomb II by James Howe All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.