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Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life is a funny, fast-paced novel for young readers by P.J. Hoover which chronicles the mischievous adventures of King Tut, now an immortal eighth-grader living in Washington, D.C..

You’d think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he’ll mummify himself.

Granted the gift of im
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Starscape/Tor/Macmillan
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Jubilation Lee
You guys, I just couldn’t. I’ve had this book checked out for a month and a half, and despite having picked it up multiple times, I just… can’t finish it.

Because Tut.

Tut, you have been alive for thousands of years. Not, like… not frozen in stasis, but actually alive and living, having wild and varied experiences, maturing, etc.

WHY ARE YOU ATTRACTED TO AN EIGHTH-GRADER!?

Mentally and emotionally you are supposed to be an adult, and this whole “oh look at Tia smiling gosh she’s actually kind of cut
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Katie M
May 23, 2012 Katie M rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for AGES for this book to come out. There are doodles in the margins of my notebooks in sixth grade three years ago that say "Tut" on them, and mentions of shabtis in my notes. This book has been my favorite since I read it as a beta reader, and I even had to dig it out and reread it once.

Tut is a character you'll want to meet in real life. Gil is the older guardian/mentor/brother/best friend you'll wish you had and will pretend you do. There are mad Egyptian generals, evil
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K.Butler
Feb 22, 2015 K.Butler rated it liked it
This is a wonderful book for upper elementary school, lower middle school readers. I love all things Egyptian, so I was excited to read it. It's got a lot of action and the main character is easy for young readers to connect with. I always enjoy when authors take creative license with ancient mythological characters and "modernize" them and I was not disappointed by this author's spin on things. This is a super clean book I could recommend to all my students (boys and girls) - a good recommendat ...more
Megan
Jul 12, 2014 Megan rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this. A mix of Lightening Thief and Dan Brown for Middle grade readers the book had fun Egyptian mythology and fast paced adventure. Tut as you can guess is King Tutankhamen who is immortal but that means remaining 14 for the several thousand years. He hasn't learned much during that time and is still irritatingly foolish and obsessed with revenge. Luckily he learns a few things along the way with the help of a few mortal friends.

I wasn't happy with the ending. It is clear ther
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Dawn Teresa
Sep 17, 2014 Dawn Teresa rated it it was amazing
Move over Harry Potter. Stand back Percy Jackson. There’s a new kid hero in town. Only he’s not the “boy who lived” or a half-god/half-boy — he’s immortal! Tut’s the name, as in Tutankhamon. You think you know the story of King Tut, but you have no idea. You see, the storied Egyptian Boy King wasn’t actually killed and buried in the tomb. Who was? Well, as P.J. Hoover says in her afterword, that’s another story! Tut will hate me for that “boy king” remark, so I’ll make it up to him by letting yo ...more
Madeline Smoot
Sep 22, 2014 Madeline Smoot rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
After three thousand years stuck as a fourteen year old, Tut has a pretty good life. He's rich, lives with his protector Gil and the god Horus and has his devoted clay shabiti from his tomb to wait on him hand and foot. The worst thing in his life is the fact that Gil has convinced him to endure eighth grade. Again. Then, Tut goes to the museum exhibit with the items from his tomb, and things start going downhill fast.

A fun run through DC and Egyptian mythology, this book is another great advent
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Elizabeth
Jul 11, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Fantasy written with slim basis in historical fact of the king's existence. An action mystery with lots of unfolding adventures for King Tut as an eighth grade student with gods and goddesses abounding. The evil uncle, his nemisis, has already killed three members of his family to gain control and is now bent to get him out of the picture. Help comes from the school project and his project partner, Henry. A relative of the evil uncle, Tia also goes to middle school and is helping King Tut or is ...more
Cindy
Dec 06, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Percy Jackson, you have been warned. A new competitor has just entered the teen lit arena and he is sure to win over the hearts of teens and adults alike. Tut is sure to be a hit.

Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life follows the journey of King Tut. Readers are first introduced to him in Ancient Egypt. Tut's life is in jeopardy. He is running from his uncle, who is responsible for the murder of Tut's family and is now out to get Tut.

In his run in with his uncle, Tut is stabbed and about to die. I
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Ms. Yingling
Jul 25, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
We first meet Tut in Ancient Egypt, where he is trying to get away from his evil uncle Horemheb, but as we all know, Tut does not escape. However, he is immortal, and doomed to spend eternity at 14, being constantly in the 8th grade! He and his guardian, Gil, have an apartment in Washington, D.C., where they live with Horus (who stays in the form of a one-eyed cat, but talks) and Tut's shabtis, who keep things clean and take care of Tut. After a trip to see a Tut exhibit, Tut has a project that ...more
Taylor Melum
Dec 13, 2014 Taylor Melum rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tch-307
Citations: Hoover, P.J. (2014). Tut: The story of my immortal life. New York, NY. Starscape Books
Genre: Egyptian Mythology/ Fantasy/ Young adult
Format: Chapter book
Reading level: 5
Theme/topic: Egyptian Mythology
Gender: Male
Race/ethnicity: Egyptian
Socioeconomic status: wealthy


Summary: Tut is a 14 year-old boy from Egypt is has the curse of living an immortal life, which means he can never die. When he escapes Egypt while running away from his evil uncle, Horemeheb, he goes to live in Washington
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Matthew Travagline
Sep 30, 2014 Matthew Travagline rated it really liked it
The story of Tut's life? Hardly. A more appropriate title might have been, one inch in Tut's immortal life. Because while we see places where Tut's life offered adventure (the Crusades are one of the places), we don't get those. What we get, is a modern Tut; this caters to the YA audience. I think Hoover has such an amazing context that she could pick up from any of these places if she ever wanted to continue Tut's story, or rather give him an adventurous alternative history novel.

Overall, I'd
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Dana
Jul 07, 2015 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Fun YA fantasy/historicalish fiction. King Tut was immortalized at the age of 14 and has been living an immortal in hiding sort of life ever since then. In current times, he is in middle school in Washington DC with his cat Horus - yes, the actual god - and his friend and protector, Gilgamesh, who usually goes by Gil. Very little information is given about what Tut and Gil have been doing for the last few thousand years, which makes this story of the eternal 14 year old a bit lacking. Now, he ha ...more
Cory Oakes
Feb 10, 2015 Cory Oakes rated it it was amazing
You think middle school is tough? Try being stuck there . . . forever. While also having to deal with crazy relatives, murderous cults, and, you know, homework!

Tut: the Story of My Immortal Life is a wonderfully paced, adventurous re-imagining of the life of the world’s most famous boy king. Young people will be immediately drawn in to Tut’s relatable, modern world and thrilled with Hoover’s fantastic interpretations of familiar characters like Gilgamesh, Horus, and Isis (to say nothing of the h
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Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh
Oct 19, 2014 Mrs.Melaugh Melaugh rated it really liked it
So, it turns out that King Tut didn’t die back in ancient Egypt. Rather, the god Osiris kept Tut from dying and gave him immortal life. Tut has been stuck as a fourteen-year-old ever since. Unfortunately, the god Set gave Tut’s advisor, Horemheb, eternal life also. For over 2000 years, Tut has wanted revenge on Horemheb for murdering his family. Now his chance may have come if he can only track down a particular knife with special powers. Like any fourteen-year-old, Tut has an unfortunate habit ...more
Joan
Mar 15, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction, Egyptologists w sense of humor.
This was a lot of fun. Tut is an eternal 8th grader due to a beginning I won't spoil. His "big brother" is Gil, short for Gilgamesh. OK, that is a pretty far fetched pairing but it actually made some sense. Tut's goal in life is revenge on the guy who killed his family and him: Horemheb who ruled after him. How Tut manages to carry out his campaign against Horemheb and work on his class assignment about his own burial goods is a hoot. His relationships with his Shabtis and his "cat" Horus is als ...more
Su
Dec 12, 2015 Su rated it really liked it
Anything P.J. Hoover writes, I'll read, and this one is fun. (But seriously, being 14 forever? How is that not everyone's worst nightmare?) I love how P.J. can take ancient myths and wrap them in a modern setting--that's what keeps me reading her books. Definitely would recommend this one for my friends' kids to read (and for adults who still enjoy MG & YA fantasy).
David
Sep 20, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
I know what you are thinking, this is another Rick Riordan modern day demigod type story well guess what. This book has nothing to do with demigods at all, I will say this not only do the gods of Egypt exist but so do other gods from other pantheons walk among us as well. Tut: The Story of my immortal from beginning to end, is a great read if you love mythology especially egyptian mythology you will definitely enjoy this book. Take it from me I read this book in 2 days and I absolutely love book ...more
Cherry
Mar 01, 2015 Cherry rated it really liked it
A fascincating twist to the life of a historical figure. Great character development by PJ Hoover, as well. #urbanfantasy #juvenile
Pat
Jul 11, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it
Shelves: lone-star
A fun read as the immortal Tut, living as a teenager in Washington D.C., tries to avenge the death of his family by killing their murderer, General Horemheb. A sure winner for the middle school audience!
Kim Baccellia
Sep 21, 2014 Kim Baccellia rated it really liked it
Fun take on an immortal Tut! Humorous dialogue and fast action scenes that take place in the underground of Washington DC!
Ivy Griffiths
Oct 23, 2015 Ivy Griffiths rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It tells an amazing story about the immortal King Tut and his battle against his evil uncle and the Cult of Set. I would recommend this book to those 10 and up and love to read.
Danielle
Apr 09, 2015 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good- Hoover has proved she can write a good alternate mythology story
Lori Kelley
Jan 24, 2016 Lori Kelley rated it really liked it
6th grade book club book and 2015 Lone Star. I think the kids will like it even more than I did. Looking forward with a Skype visit with the author in March!
Jpaulson
Aug 07, 2015 Jpaulson rated it really liked it
This is a great recommendation for Rick Riordan book lovers! Lots of action, adventure and of course mythology! Tut is a well rounded character and Horus, the cat god is a hoot! Fun, fun,fun!
Arret
Oct 20, 2015 Arret rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! I am hoping that we get a second book. The way the ending was set up adds to that thought.
Elizabeth
Aug 29, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Fans of Rick Riordan will enjoy this series about an immortal King Tut and his adventures... in middle school.
Lisa Tobleman
Comparisons between Riordan's Kane chronicles and this book are impossible to avoid and in fact it was my Son's adoration of the Riodan books that made me pick this up. It is the start of a new series by P.J. Hoover, and does take some pointers from Riodan. It also has a weird romance angle between a 3000 year old Tut and a young girl that I am not fond of. But since Tut acts like a thirteen year old and the girl Tia is not quite what she looks like I will let it pass for now. So On with the rev ...more
Alex
Sep 25, 2015 Alex rated it did not like it
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Joshua
Dec 16, 2014 Joshua rated it it was ok
YA books are always tough for me. The writing and overall structure are a little too clean, the narrative too straightforward. So I struggle but thought this story had an interesting premise. I've been a big mythology fan ever since I was young, but this story lacks any interesting characters and the driving force of revenge is hammered in again and again with the character constantly saying "I want revenge" so much I found my eyes glazing over. And that's fine. I get that this book isn't writte ...more
Liz Friend
Jan 29, 2015 Liz Friend rated it it was ok
The story: You'd think being immortal would rock--unless you're stuck being 14 years old for the rest of eternity! Tut has sat through 8th grade a couple hundred times over the years--but this round looks to be something way out of the ordinary: his most hated enemy from the past, the evil Horemheb, has managed to get out of the prison where Tut sealed him up 3,000 years ago, and he's out for blood. But not just any blood! Only Tut's will do.

June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG; violence PG-13; s
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P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. P. J. is a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS. When not writing, P. J. spends time wi ...more
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