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A Mummy in Her Backpack / Una momia en su mochila

by James Luna Author · Gabriela Baeza Ventura Translator

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Flor enjoyed her two-week trip to Mexico, though she's glad to be back at school. But when she tries to pull her homework out of her backpack, she's shocked to feel a cold hand clutching hers. Thinking that the pesky boys in her class are playing a trick on her, she turns around to look into her pack. She's even more stunned when she sees two yellow eyes peeking out at her.

Flor and her best friend Lupita stare in astonishment as a cowboy hat, followed by a small man with dark yellow skin and thin, stringy hair, emerges from her backpack. He introduces himself as Rafa, a mummy from the famous museum in Guanajuato. Flor visited the museum and learned that some people buried there mummified naturally. She can't believe that an actual mummy hitched a ride with her to the United States!

Amusing hijinks ensue as the girls try to hide Rafa from their teacher, classmates and family. And when Rafa realizes that it's almost the Day of the Dead, or El Día de los Muertos, he longs to return home. The girls are forced to reveal their secret and seek help from an adult. How can they get Rafa home in time for the annual celebration honoring deceased loved ones?

Published in a bilingual "flip" format, young readers ages 8 to 12 will savor this entertaining story about mummies, friendship and responsibility.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Arte Público Press
Imprint:
Piñata Books
Publication Date:
2012

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  • Adobe EPUB eBook 1.8 MB

James Luna (Author)

James Luna, an elementary school teacher, is the author of a bilingual picture book for children, The Runaway Piggy / El cochinito fugitive, which won the Tejas Star Book Award. He lives and works in Riverside, California.

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A Mummy in Her Backpack / Una momia en su mochila
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