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The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (Goosebumps #5)

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Something dead has been here...

Gabe just got lost - in a pyramid. One minute, his crazy cousin Sari was right ahead of him in the pyramid tunnel. The next minute, she'd disappeared.

But Gabe isn't alone. Someone else is in the pyramid, too.

Someone. Or some thing.

Gabe doesn't believe in the curse of the mummy's tomb.

But that doesn't mean that the curse isn't real.

Does it?

Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published 1993)
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Salymar
The Curse of the Mummy was the fifth book in the Goosebumps book series.
This was an alright story because the concept is very common. I've seen stories similar like this from various sources.

Well, this is how story goes: Gabe Hassard is spending Christmas vacation in Egypt with his parents. Gabe's parents own a company, so they are in Egypt for business. However, Gave's Uncle Ben is working at the pyramids and so they take the opportunity to see him. They visited Uncle Ben in Giza and then the s
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Carmen
Jun 09, 2014 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
Shelves: fiction, children, horror
Gabe is a whiny little brat. His cousin Sari is a know-it-all who enjoys watching Gabe suffer. Both of these unlikable characters are in Egypt - Gabe is on vacation and Sari lives there with her dad, Ben the archeologist.

At first, Gabe is really excited to spend time with his cool Uncle Ben. He loves the idea of exploring a new tomb and takes great delight in telling Sari exactly how mummies are made - in gruesome detail.

But then things get a little strange. The Egyptian man - Ahmed - who works
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Glenn
Currently rereading my original Goosebumps collection

This isn't my favourite book in the series so far but I was definitely entertained while reading it. I found it interesting to note that Stine strays slightly from the supernatural aspect, and the plot is more realistic in a sense. There are quite a few chuckles to be had in this book and I found myself constantly wondering what was going to happen next.
It follows the same Stine formula as the rest of the series (i.e. cliffhangers at the end o
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Princess Godoy
I just found out that there is a tv show for Goosebumps! Just sharing cause I find it amazing

So this is a story about a kid who have a rich parents with/the most cliche catch, they are always busy so he is taken care by his uncle who is somewhat nice and have a really cool job but have a very ANNOYING daughter. And by annoying I mean really really really annoying that I wished that she dies. Oops spoiler alert she doesn't! What a bummer!

The plot is interesting but it's not that scary and I hated
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Librariasaurus
I ha forgotten how good these were. I'll grant that the writing is not superb by any means and having read R.L. Stine's adult work, I believe the children's writing to be much more enjoyable. Looking back at a book or series like this as an adult and having read only one as a child I am ashamed for not having pursued this series more when I was younger. They are the perfect books for that out of the box kind of kid and they have just the right amount of spooky in them to be enjoyable to kids and ...more
Daniella
Jul 16, 2010 Daniella rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who like scary stories
I thought this book was better than some of the others in the Goosebumps series. For one, Gabe was a lot less stupid than most of Stine's protagonists, like Greg from Say Cheese and Die!, for example. And for another, it actually was kind of scary. The idea of being lost in a strange place--in a tomb, for Christ's sake--and at the mercy of some sociopath who wants to mummify you alive is even unsettling from an adult point of view. The only thing I didn't care for was the mummy hand being the de ...more
Maggie Gordon
Gabe and Sari are the luckiest twelve year olds alive when their Uncle Ben decides to take them into an Egyptian pyramid dig. However, the archaeology project is plagued with problems that may be related to an ancient curse placed on the burial site. While Uncle Ben is trying to figure out exactly what is going on, Gabe gets separated from his uncle and Sari, and stumbles into a mummy making chamber that has been in use more recently than 4000 years ago. As it turns out, one of the men working t ...more
Donna
As much as I love all things Egyptian, I have to say this isn't one of my favorite GOOSEBUMPS books. The Idiot Adult Syndrome runs a little too high for my liking in this one. For instance, right at the beginning, Gabe's father asks Gabe how he thinks the pyramids were built. His father then reminds him that the Egyptians didn't even have the wheel. Now I don't know if this was an editorial oversight or a comment on just how dumb Gabe's parents are but they're supposed to be successful business ...more
Tracy Poff
Gabe's family is on vacation in Egypt, seeing the pyramids, when his parents are unexpectedly called away on business. Rather than go with them to Alexandria, Gabe elects to stay with his uncle Ben, and Ben's daughter, Sari. Ben is an archaeologist studying the pyramids, so Gabe gets to go inside the pyramids. Maybe he'll discover a mummy, or some hidden treasure. Or maybe... hidden danger!

The fifth book in R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb follows Gabe and Sari as t
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Tiana
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Nicola Mansfield
This one is different from the others I've read so far. First off, though it is a decent enough thriller concerning a crazy madman for the most part. Unlike the other Goosebumps I've read this is hardly "horror" and has only a brief moment of the supernatural in it. It's also the first I've read to give actual useful information about the topic, here being pyramids and the mummifying process. Disappointing ending as well which lacks the cue for creepy twilight zone music.
Alex Larragoity
Realmente esta serie de libros de "Goosebumps" los leo solo por entretenimiento. Son libros claramente orientados a un público menor (niños o adolescentes) y a mi me parecen rápidos de leer y con buenas ideas, o divertidas ideas.

Este en particular me gustó un poco más que los anteriores que he leído de la serie, porque mete una idea diferente sobre las maldiciones de las tumbas egipcias. ¿Existirán estas maldiciones o no?, ¿serán reales?, en este libro no importa, porque lo que en realidad está
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John
Definitely not the best of the Goosebumps books. The paranormal horror only lasts for about 4 pages, which occur about 10 pages from the end. Suspense is there like the other Goosebumps books, but it pops up for a few pages while the main character gets lost, then disappears just as fast. Sub-par for the Goosebumps series.

Oh, and a pyramid can't be 13 acres long. An acre is a unit of area, not a unit of length.
Ed Petersen
A high-ranking Goosebumps book if for no other reason than it mentions Super Mario World, one of my all-time favorite video games. But seriously, the scares are good, the characters are some of the better-developed in Stine's canon, and the scene near the end with all the mummies is pure gold. Plus I like all the references to Egyptian culture, and as a traveler myself, I can appreciate how Gabe feels visiting a foreign land.
Bimmies
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Cj Nnorom
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb was a fun short book to read. The book takes place in Egypt where the main character, Gabe, is staying with his uncle and cousin because Gabes parents left on business. Gabe is very interested in ancient history so his uncle is taking him inside a pyramid to walk around and explore. While Gabe and his cousin are in the pyramid, they run into deep trouble. Walls of the pyramid collapse on his cousin and she is trapped underarms the rocks and debri. Gabe is on his own ...more
Jerome
This book is about a kid named Gabe, who goes to Egypt on a vacation. When his parents go to Alexandria for work, Gabe and his cousin Sari end up in Giza with their archaeologist uncle. One of the workers there keeps going on and on about the curse of some mummy, but everyone ignores him or laughs it off. Gabe and Sari are both rather competitive, and their constant one-upmanship leads to some unconventional exploration of the pyramid site---leading to some unconventional discoveries.

This novel
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Brandson Sarrett
The title of the book is "The curse of the mummy's tomb". The Author is R.L. Stine. The Genera of the book was nonfiction. There is a kid named Gabe who is on a trip with his dad. his dad has to go back to the last place Gabe and him stopped because hi dad forgot something. Gabe's uncle comes over to the hotel that Gabe and his dad are staying at. Gabe's uncle explores pyramids and finds mummies. Gabe's uncle took Gabe into a pyramid when he had to go to work. one day Gabe's uncle disappeared in ...more
Redfox5
Reader beware you're in for a scare!

I'm gonna read like it's 1994! I was 6 when I first started these books, borrowed 'Night Of The Living Dummy' from one of my friends and I was hooked from there. I read them all through the 90's and loved them. I only stopped when the 'Goosebumps 2000' series came out but I'm not sure if that's because they were rubbish or I was just getting older and had started to lose interest.

These are starting to get better now. You've got to love a good mummy story an
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Jay
I honestly don't know what to make of this one.

On one hand, The Curse of the Mummy's tomb does differ from the previous Goosebumps books I three major ways. So I at least have to give it some credit for originality. The first difference is that the adults actually play a sizeable role in this one. Like in most Goosebumps books, Gabe (the main character) is left by his parents with a relative. But in this case, his uncle actually is involved in the story throughout. The second difference is the
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Deo
This is the fifth book in the Goosebumps series and definitely a good one. It is about this kid Gabe, he is visiting Egypt with his parents. They run a refrigeration business and he came to Egypt with them. They end up getting called to Alexandria and Gabe can either go with them or stay with his archaeologist Uncle Ben he discovered new tunnels in a pyramid. Ben's daughter Sari is with him too and her and Gabe do not really get along. She basically thinks she is all that and is very competitive ...more
Ira Book Lover
Whoaaa...sudah lama ga baca Goosebumps. Dulu favorit banget sama buku-buku Goosebumps. Sekarang juga masih suka. Paling favorit yang ini. Soalnya ini satu-satunya Goosebumps yang saya punya. Kasihan banget ya, hehehe. Sebetulnya bukan punya saya juga sih, tapi punya kakak :D

Dulu waktu kecil saya suka membaca berulang-ulang dan ceritanya tampak sempurna. Sekarang kok ada beberapa bagian yang kurang ya. Salah satunya bukunya terlalu tipis :D

Kutukan Makam Mumi bercerita tentang Gabe, seorang anak
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Widad Hussein
In this series of Goosebumps, this is one of the better, scarier stories R.L. Stine has written. The lexile level is 620 and is suited for students in 3-5th grade. The main character is Gabe and it's written from his perspective in first point of view. This takes place in Egypt. In this book, Gabe goes on vacation with his parents to Egypt. They learn about pyramids and he becomes fascinated with it. When his parents go to Alexandria, he decides to stay behind with his Uncle Ben and his daughter ...more
Hannah
Cover story: Mummy. Red glowing eyes. Yawn.
MC: Gabe. Unfortunately a little more chicken than Sari.
The run down: Gabe and his cousin Sari are in Egypt on holiday, but it seems like something's wrong. Maybe… cursed?!
Cliff hangers: 14
Doomed ending: No! Amazing.
"Outstanding!" declared: 3 (low, but a little high for a twelve year old over the course of three days)
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb was less ‘fantasy/sci-fi’ and more thriller…though there are some woo-woo moments. I enjoyed the different setting for this one. There is no typical suburban areas, this takes place in Cairo and I appreciated the difference in pace it brough. However I wanted more fantasy and less aimless wandering. The final plot twist was pretty good though!
*Queen Diva*
Outstanding!!.... but not really

Stine's main character for this Goosebumps thriller is called Gabe... and Gabe's favorite word is apparently outstanding, because he only used it about 40 times in this book.

I went back and forth to thinking this book was decent for a good scare (for kids) to being so dumb and lame. (view spoiler)
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Rainey
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb- along with A Night in Terror Tower- was the tip top of this series in my young eyes. Stine here-in combined so many of my favorite things: curses, family adventures, horror, and Egypt. I have reread Curse since first reading it, and I find that it still holds up to time.
PenNPaper52
I picked this book solely because it was written by RL Stine and I am becoming a fan of his. His books are unusual, not horrific scary, but does give you goosebumps. Another reason for selecting this book is that it was based in Egypt... a place I have visited including the pyramids and seen the mummies live and personal. The book starts with Gabe visiting Egypt with his parents, bt shortly after coming, his parents have to leave him in charge of his uncle and cuz Sari. The adventure starts with ...more
Joey the J in R.J. Spindle
So far I like Gabe. I'm glad we're on another first person story. I find them to be a bit spookier, since you are traveling in the mind of the protagonist. He knows a bit about his surroundings, but my mind can't help but contradict the incorrect "facts" of the story. We don't know what the point of the pyramid at Giza is. It was assumed that all pyramids were tombs, but I'm fairly certain that only one pyramid ever actually had a mummy in it, and it was the step pyramid which was built as an ad ...more
Kayla Mcminn
Read the goosebumps books and collected them at 10. I use to love them as they were a simple easy read, read multiple books a day.
R.L.Stine was my favourite author and I am currently reading his new book 'Red Rain' some years later. Such great childrens books.
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Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.

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